May 17, 2017
Bradley C. Pike
Dallas, TX 75249
NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION
Case Number: EB-FIELDSCR-17-00024019
On April 3, 2017, Agents from the Dallas Office of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Enforcement Bureau responded to a complaint from Dallas County (Dallas County Consolidated Services) concerning interference to their VHF public safety communications system. The Agents confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio emissions in the VHF band were emanating from Mr. Pike’s residence in Dallas, Texas, and were causing the interference. Mr. Pike surrendered his radio signal jammer after admitting to using the device during an interview with the Agents at his residence.
Persons operating or using radio transmitters must be licensed or authorized by the FCC, pursuant to Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, radio transmitting equipment must comply with FCC rules. Section 333 of the Act prohibits willful or malicious interference with any radio communications of any station licensed or authorized by or under the Act or operated by the United States Government. In addition, Section 302(b) of the Act, and Section 2.803 of the Commission’s rules, prohibit the manufacture, importation, marketing, sale or operation of devices deliberately designed to jam or disrupt wireless communications.
The operation of a jamming device constitutes a violation of Sections 301, 302(b), and 333 of the Act, as described above. Such operation may subject Mr. Pike to substantial monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment. Because unauthorized operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communications services, and may subject the operator to severe penalties, this warning emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements.
You may respond with any information you believe relevant to this warning within thirty (30) days from the date of this warning. Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the listed case number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, we are informing you that the Commission’s 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.
Ronald D. Ramage
Federal Communications Commission