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FCC Detects Illegal FM Signal in Wasilla

Another property owner gets the commission letter about the risk of big fines

We don’t hear often about pirate radio activity or pirate enforcement in the state of Alaska. 

But the FCC has notified a property owner in the city of Wasilla that it traced unlicensed radio signals to their property.

In October, representatives from the San Francisco office of the commission used direction-finding to trace signals on 102.5 MHz to a property on the memorably named South Gon Fishin Drive. 

Zinaida Gamza is listed as the owner; the FCC now has sent Gamza its usual letter with the reminder that pirate radio is illegal and informing the recipient that property owners or landlords can be penalized if they allowed it to happen. The current maximum fine is about $2.1 million.

For many Americans outside of the state, Wasilla is best known as the home of Sarah Palin and the headquarters of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. It is in the south-central part of Alaska about 40 miles north of Anchorage and is the fourth largest city in the state with around 9,100 people.

Related: “Commission Sends 16 Pirate Letters in NYC Area”]