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Columbia Regional Office
9050 Junction Drive
Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701
(301) 725-1996              

May 17, 2019

Melba Reid
Brooklyn, New York 


	Case Number:  EB-FIELDNER-18-00028293

On December 13, 2018, Agents from the Columbia and Chicago Office of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCCs or Commissions) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigated an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 101.7 MHz in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn.  The Agents confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on the frequency 101.7 MHz were emanating from a multi-family dwelling at 2165 Strauss Street, Brooklyn, New York.  Public records list you as the owner of this property.  The Commissions records show that no license was issued for operation of a broadcast station on 101.7 MHz at this location in the Brooklyn, New York.

Radio stations operating on a range of frequencies, 47 CFR  73.201.
 including 101.7 MHz, must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act). 47 U.S.C.  301.  
  The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode of operation that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commissions rules. 47 CFR 15.1 et seq.   
  On December 13, 2018, Agents measured the field strength of the signal on the frequency 101.7MHz for the station and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 V/m at 3 meters for non-licensed devices.  Thus, this station is operating in violation of Section 301 of the Act. 47 U.S.C. 301.

Operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization or license is a violation of Section 301 of the Act 47 U.S.C.  301.
 and may subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.   Because unlicensed operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communications services and may subject the operator to severe penalties, this letter emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements. See 47 U.S.C.  401, 501, 503 and 510.


You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have authority to operate granted by the FCC.  Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the listed case number.  Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C.  552a(e)(3).
 we are informing you that the Commissions staff will use all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC Rules.  This will include any information that you disclose in your reply.

You may contact this office if you have any questions.

David C. Dombrowski
Regional Director
Region One
Enforcement Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

	Excerpts from the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended
	Enforcement Bureau, "Inspection Fact Sheet", March 2005