[AMRadio] FCC engineers

CL in NC mjcal77 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 22 08:36:05 EDT 2010

There is one area a field engineer will show up mucho pronto - any issue involving GPS.  We had a situation in Greenville, SC several years ago with pilots complaining about what looked to them like the GPS was being jammed.  After initial investigations, a call was made to the FCC in Atlanta, and the next day he was here driving around in a interestingly outfitted car.  The interior compartment, including the glass, was designed to make it RF tight.  The only signals arriving inside the car and test equipment came from externally mounted antennas. At that time, there were only one of those cars to cover the entire Southeast, and one operator.

One of Bill Clinton's endeavors with the federal government was to change it to a social club of sorts.  It became necessary to hire as needed, individuals who would fill out the social makeup of gender, race, and sexual orientation.  If a highly qualified Caucasian male was hired or promoted, a letter had to be written, outlining why any member of the aforementioned groups, was not selected for a position.  Today, in many technical jobs the government is involved in, management and upper management meets the social goals, but are mostly full of incompetents.  The FCC is in that group.  So is the FAA, which is a good reason to drive yourself or take the train.

Charlie, W4MEC in NC


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