[AMRadio] AM power

Bob Macklin macklinbob at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 10:08:04 EDT 2011

My personal experience has been that before the FCC visits you an OO will 
make a visit. It happened to me in the early 60's and I was found "NOT 

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark"
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bernie Doran" <qedconsultants at embarqmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 3:29 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM power

> Hi Dennis: that matches with what I have gleaned over the years, The FCC 
> has
> far too much to do to be wasting time with  hams.  Except as you pointed 
> out
> the interference issue.  But of course that does not make a good story!
> The last I heard of a on site visit (ham)was probably 50 years ago.    The
> FCC has not even been able to stop that clown that broadcasts on 160 and I
> think 80.   I beleive that his license is on hold ( renewal) and he 
> appealed
> and is then allowed to continue. operation while the appeal is in effect.
> From: "Dennis Gilliam" <dennisgilliam at gmail.com>
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2011 11:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM power
>> In my years as a broadcast engineer, I got to rub elbows with FCC
>> operatives
>> many times.  It was always cordial.  From that experience, I relate the
>> following:
>> On the West coast, at least the Southern part to include AZ and NV, the
>> FCC
>> runs a custom pink metalflake Tahoe with an extensive array of antennas
>> under a fiberglass top, made to look like stock.  Nothing appears mounted
>> on
>> top.  Tinted windows and fancy big mags finish off the look, like that of
>> some drug kingpin.  The idea is nobody will screw with it, nor ask
>> questions.  It is a rented vehicle, and carries a plain Calif. plate.
>> Pretty sneaky.
>> Inside, there is a bank of computers in the rear, with a dashboard
>> replaced
>> with heads-up data displays.  It can take a look at any type of radio
>> communication, compare it to existing licenses, and give a directional
>> heading.  Modulation, frequency, and audition measurement happens with
>> this
>> in real time up to several hundred miles away.
>> When it comes to hams, it doesn't roll unless there is a serious
>> complaint,
>> usually about interference with Public Service radio or part 74 from 2m 
>> or
>> 440.
>> Checking HF ops was never done (yet) by the field agent, as with the
>> various
>> antenna and transmission powers checking at a distance would prove 
>> little.
>> In all the years this gent had worked for the Commission, he never called
>> on
>> a ham QSA operating under 30 MHz.
>> YMMV.
>> 73DG
>> On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Bernie Doran
>> <qedconsultants at embarqmail.com
>>> wrote:
>>> Really! what was the last time you heard of them doing that?
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Neal Newman" <cozy659 at yahoo.com>
>>> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
>>> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
>>> Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2011 9:51 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM power
>>> YES THEY DO...
>>> ---
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