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FCC Plans Fine in Worcester Pirate Case

Says he broadcast from FM antenna on roof of a church building

The Federal Communications Commission plans a $15,000 fine against a Massachusetts man it alleges continued to broadcast without a license from atop a church building even after being warned about it.

In its notice of apparent liability, the Enforcement Bureau announced the proposed penalty against Vasco Oburoni for operating on 102.3 MHz in Worcester. The case dates to April of 2015 when the FCC Boston office received a complaint of interference to WKLB, which broadcasts at 102.5 MHz.

Agents used direction-finding on adjacent-channel 102.3 and found an FM antenna on the roof of a Christian Praise International building in Worcester. They posted a notice of unlicensed radio operation on the door and later mailed a warning letter and notice of unlicensed operation to Oburoni, according to the commission’s summary.

This led to a meeting at which the FCC says he acknowledged being the operator and asked for information on how to obtain a license. But in May of this year, the commission said, its agents again observed a station operating at that location on 102.3 MHz in excess of Part 15 limits.

He was given 30 days to pay or reply in appeal.