Sometimes the Federal Communications Commission blankets an area with notices to alleged pirates that their suspicious activity has been noticed. Sometimes — as in the case of some of the Enforcement Bureau’s more recent activity — these actions are taken all across the country.
On Feb. 12, the FCC sent warnings in the form of a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to alleged operators in Oregon, Massachusetts and New Jersey. While the locations differed, the details were essentially the same: after using directing-finding technologies, bureau agents allegedly detected radio signals coming from a building whose owners/operators did not have a license for an FM station.
For William John Nurre in Ashland, Ore., agents allegedly detected signals on frequency 91.1 MHz emanating from his residence.
In the case of Gerlens Cesar in Massachusetts, agents were notified about signals emanating on two frequencies at multiple locations in and around the Boston area. In one case, signals were allegedly detected on 90.1 MHz coming from a multifamily building in the city of Boston. In another instance, signals were allegedly detected on 92.1 MHz from a multifamily building in Brockton, Mass. In a third case, signals were allegedly detected on 92.1 MHz from a single-family residence in Randolph, Mass. And in the fourth case, signals were allegedly detected on 92.1 MHz from a residential building in Everett, Mass. Gerlens Cesar was identified as the alleged operator in each case, the FCC said.
In New Jersey, agents allegedly detected radio signals on frequency 88.5 MHz emanating from the Christ for the World Church in Newark, N.J., of which Apostle Nicholas Oluyemi was named the contact.
In each case, the commission found no radio station license had been issued for those frequencies at those locations, and all were allegedly operating at a power level that exceeds those levels permitted in Part 15 of the FCC Rules, the FCC said. Each individual has 10 days to respond with evidence that they have authority to operate radio station.