Amateur radio is
as old as the radio art. Intended as a non-commercial radio service for hobbyists, it has become a tradition-encrusted, largely
unstructured, “hear and be heard,” two-way world-wide social media. It relies upon control operators – peer-certified
in the U.S. - performing properly certain duties that are deeply rooted in mid-19th century telegraphy communications.
Read the Rules - Heed the Rules!
Our ham radio is an internationally
recognized hobby. It is comprised of millions of amateur operators worldwide who must know how to cause or allow their amateur
stations to transmit properly. We utilize electromagnetic radiation technology that knows no political borders. We are, consequently,
subject to wide ranging domestic and international regulation. A working knowledge of the relevant rules is essential to not
endangering ourselves, our families, or our neighbors; and to not disrupting other radio communications.
What are the penalties for violating the rules?
(a) If the FCC finds that you have willfully
or repeatedly violated the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may have to pay as much as $10,000 for each violation, up to a total of $75,000. (See Section 503(b) of the Communications
(b) If the FCC finds that you have violated any section of the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may be ordered to
stop whatever action caused the violation. (See Section 312(b) of the Communications Act.)
(c) If a Federal court finds that you have
willfully and knowingly violated any FCC Rule, you may be fined up to $500 for each day you committed the violation. (See
Section 502 of the Communications Act.)
(d) If a Federal court finds that you have willfully and knowingly violated any provision of
the Communications Act, you may be fined up to $10,000, or you may be imprisoned for one year, or both. (See Section 501 of
the Communications Act.)
[48 FR 24890, June 3, 1983, as amended at 57 FR 40343, Sept. 3, 1992]
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