Radio World: FCC Denies $15,000 Pirate Fine Appeal

Radio World Olenicks had claimed agency rules didn’t apply in Texas


It’s good to see the FCC cracking down on radio pirates. The FCC has upheld a $15,000 fine against Walter Olenick and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick for operating an illegal FM station on 90.1 MHz in Austin, Texas.  The couple claimed that FCC rules and regulations didn’t apply in Texas.  The FCC disagreed.  The couple has 30 days to pay up or "risk the case being turned over to the Justice Department for collection.


Comment: All of this would have been avoided if the couple had set up a Part 15 AM station in their apartment.  Several companies make FCC type approved transmitters for this service.  Even with restrictions of 100 milliwatts of power and a 10-foot (3.04 meters) antenna length, the signal would cover their apartment building and a little beyond.  If they really felt inspired, they could have applied for a LPFM license, now that third-channel adjacencies issues have been resolved with the FCC.  With a LPFM license, the couple could have covered a good portion of Austin from studios in their apartment.  Sorry to say, but this is a case of ignorance compounded by stupidity.  They got what they deserved.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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