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FCC Issues $10,000 Fine to Florida Pirate

It says Christopher Myers ran an unlicensed transmitter on 95.9 in Lauderhill

The Federal Communications Commission has found Christopher Myers apparently liable for a $10,000 fine for operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on 95.9 MHz in Lauderhill, Fla.

In August 2008, the Miami office of the Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Myers for operating an FM broadcast station on a different frequency — 91.7 MHz — from his condo in Lauderhill, Fla. without a license. He was warned that a pirate station was against FCC rules and could subject him to further enforcement. Myers signed the notice, the commission said.

Nearly a year later, in response to a complaint, Miami field agents traced the source of unlicensed transmissions on 95.9 MHz to Myers’ condo. The agents took field strength measurements that indicated that the signal was 3,784 times greater than the maximum permissible level (250 µV/m at three meters) for a non-licensed Part 15 transmitter.

After receiving another complaint about an unlicensed station on 95.9 in Lauderhill, in February and March of this year agents traced the broadcasts to the same condo. Field agents inspected the unlicensed station and saw a coaxial cable that connected a roof-mounted antenna on the building to an FM transmitter operating on 95.9 inside Myers’s unit. The agents noted that Myers was the only person in his unit during the inspection.

Myers has 30 days to either pay the fine or ask to have it reduced or cancelled.