Adam Townley-Wren, Honolulu, HI
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
ENFORCEMENT BUREAUWESTERN REGION
Honolulu Resident Agent OfficeP.O. Box 971030
Waiphau, Hawaii 96797-1030
February 17, 2010
Honolulu, HI 96815
NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATIONCase Number: EB-10-HL-0029
Document Number: W201032860001
On February 5, 2010, in response to a complaint, an agent from the Enforcement Bureau’s
Honolulu Office, using direction finding methods, located an active Emergency Locator
Transmitter (ELT) in a duffle bag in the back seat of a private vehicle, parked in the Island Air
parking lot at 99 Kapalulu Place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ELT had been activated by Adam
Townley-Wren, and was inadvertently allowed to transmit continuously on 121.5 MHz and 243
MHz causing interference to the Search and Rescue Satellite (SARSAT). There was no
indication of any threat to safety of life and property.
ELTs are normally associated with an aircraft. An aircraft station is licensed by rule and
normally does not need an individual license issued by the FCC. However, as there was no
associated aircraft and Commission records show that no license was issued for operation of this
ELT, the ELT operation was in violation of 47 U.S.C. § 301.
You are hereby warned that operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid radio
station authorization constitutes a violation of the Federal laws cited above and could subject the
operator of this illegal operation to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial
monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal
sanctions including imprisonment. (See 47 U.S.C. §§ 401, 501, 503 and 510.)
UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION OF THIS RADIO TRANSMITTING DEVICE MUST CEASE
from the date of this warning. Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and
reference the listed case number and document number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, we are
informing you that the Commission’s staff will use all relevant material information before it to
determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC
Rules.1 This will include any information that you disclose in your reply.
You may contact this office if you have any questions.
1 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3).
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