The FCC is fining Marcus Roberts $10,000 for operating an unlicensed transmitter.
The case involved CB equipment in his home and vehicle and resulted from complaints about interference to household electronics. The problem was investigated by the Houston FCC office, which conducted several inspections and issued warnings to Roberts, the commission said.
Roberts argued that he did not willfully operate overpower.
“Mr. Roberts claims that after the inspection he took his CB transmitter to a radio shop, which informed him that his voltage regulator was defective,” the FCC stated. “Mr. Roberts claims that this malfunction caused a power fluctuation, which caused the overpower operation, and that he was unaware of the malfunction until after the inspection.”
But given the results of the inspection, Roberts’ history of warnings and his failure to provide corroboration of an equipment malfunction, among other factors, the FCC rejected the argument.