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Joseph J. McDonough, Boxford, MA

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Released: February 22, 2010



Northeast Region

Boston Office

1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169

February 22, 2010
Joseph J. McDonough
Boxford, MA


Case Number: EB-09-BS-0029
Document Number: W201032260016
The Boston Office received information that an unlicensed broadcast radio station on 87.9 MHz
was allegedly operating in Boxford, MA. On January 28, 2010, agents from this office
confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 87.9 MHz were
emanating from your residence in Boxford, MA. The Commission’s records show that no
license was issued for operation of a broadcast station on 87.9 MHz at this location in Boxford,
Radio stations must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 301. The only exception to
this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode
of operation that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commission’s rules,
47 C.F.R. §§ 15.1 et seq. Operation of a broadcast station on 87.9 MHz, however, is not
authorized at any field strength level. See 47 C.F.R. §15.209(a).1 Thus, this station is operating
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 to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines, in rem
arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including
imprisonment. (see 47 U.S.C. §§ 401, 501, 503 and 510).


You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have
authority to operate granted by the FCC. Your response should be sent to the address in the

1 Although not applicable to a broadcast station, we note that periodic operation on 87.9 MHz would be permitted
under 47 C.F.R. § 15.231.

letterhead and reference the listed case and document number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5
U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3), 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. This will include any information that you disclose in your
You may contact this office if you have any questions.
Dennis Loria
District Director
Boston Office
Excerpts from the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended
Enforcement Bureau, "Inspection Fact Sheet", March 2005

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