Skip to comments.FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY
Posted on 01/17/2021 3:46:04 PM PST by gwjack
WARNING: AMATEUR AND PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES LICENSEES AND OPERATORS MAY NOT USE RADIO EQUIPMENT TO COMMIT OR FACILITATE CRIMINAL ACTS
The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission issues this Enforcement Advisory to remind licensees in the Amateur Radio Service, as well as licensees and operators in the Personal Radio Services, that the Commission prohibits the use of radios in those services to commit or facilitate criminal acts.
The Bureau has become aware of discussions on social media platforms suggesting that certain radio services regulated by the Commission may be an alternative to social media platforms for groups to communicate and coordinate future activities. The Bureau recognizes that these services can be used for a wide range of permitted purposes, including speech that is protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Amateur and Personal Radio Services, however, may not be used to commit or facilitate crimes.
Specifically, the Bureau reminds amateur licensees that they are prohibited from transmitting “communications intended to facilitate a criminal act” or “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning.”1 Likewise, individuals operating radios in the Personal Radio Services, a category that includes Citizens Band radios, Family Radio Service walkie-talkies, and General Mobile Radio Service, are prohibited from using those radios “in connection with any activity which is against Federal, State or local law.”2 Individuals using radios in the Amateur or Personal Radio Services in this manner may be subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and, in some cases, criminal prosecution.
Media inquiries should be directed to 202-418-0500 or MediaRelations@fcc.gov.
To file a complaint with the FCC, visit https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov or call 1-888-CALL- FCC. To report a crime, contact your local law enforcement office or the FBI.
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Stay safe out there.
Wound my heart with monotonous languor.
Translation, don’t power up your Baofeng !
Breaker 1-9, Breaker 1-9... we gotta stolen election in the rearview....
Does this apply to Nellie Ohr too?
The chair is against the wall!
John has a long mustache, repeat, John has a long mustache.
Yeah, 10-4, good buddy! It’s got a full-on Green Machine escort and a dozen bears in the air! Looks like they’re goin’ all-out for the Swamp Thing Jamboree!
East wind, rain
Referes to “licensees” all others can do as the please
Ok, who blabbed? /jk
No she is exempt. Thank you I have been sitting here trying to remember her name. This is odd...
“don’t power up your Baofeng !”
I don’t know what that is, but it sounds like it could be one of Swalwell’s honey-pot girlfriends.
So this was circulating in my local ham group after it was noted that a repeater in Fairfax was shut down during the capitol incident. Its not clear who or what was using the repeater. In general the repeaters record every time they are used, so it shouldn’t be too hard for the operators to publish what the offending usage was.. If they haven’t been told not to due to an ongoing investigation. Its also not clear who shut down the repeater.. My guess is it was just one more example of the massive over reaction.
Here’s the thing.. Antifa posers are not going to use the repeaters.. They are going to be using their baeofeng radios in simplex for a lot of reasons.. So my guess is that the repeaters were being used by the people at the rally as an alternative to the overloaded cell network.. A contingency discussed here. Cutting off the repeater was similar to cutting off the cell service.. Another way of contributing to the chaos.
I told my neighbor to get a baofeng and I’d program it for him. Most cop freqs are out of baofeng’s range, but fire is still accessible.
Also, you can monitor all FRS and GMRS walkie frequencies, so if people are coordinating near you, you can hear them coming.
Finally, you can talk all you want on them as long as you’re moving. FCC can’t triangulate a moving source.
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