Originally posted by Joel Graffman
Thats good news Dave, I had the impression that the FCC had given backyard pirates the pass.
While the FCC is understaffed, they do make an effort to shut-down pirates who are causing real harm. In this case it had nothing to do with interference to licensed broadcast stations. One of our Sky 12 pilots, Terry Jones, complained to the FCC and the FAA that they were interfering with his communication with the tower at the Palm Beach County Air Park in Lantana. So, a public safety issue really gets the FCC's attention.
Incidently, I could take the FCC to within a few hundred feet of yet another pirate operation in West Palm Beach. Although most local pirates have been silent most of this week due to the recent crackdown, someone has been operating on 100.5 MHz. When they're on the air, you can get them all over east-central Palm Beach County. I noticed that when I drive into the Simoniz Car Wash on Military Trail between Forest Hill Blvd. and Summit, the 100.5 pirate covers the entire FM band. He's got to be in a nearby neighborhood.