~FCC closes down all 12 monitoring stations~

~FCC closes down all 12 monitoring stations~

Post by a » Wed, 09 Oct 1996 04:00:00


From Mobile Radio Technology Oct '96:

"The FCC has closed all 12 of it monitoring stations.  Almost all FCC
field offices are equipped for monitoring frequencies at VHF and above.
The monitoring stations were additionally equipped to monitor signals
in the high-frequency (HF) range.  Stations were closed in the
following locations: Allegan, MI; Anchorage, AK; Belfast, ME; Douglas,
AZ; Ferndale, WA; Grand Island, NE; Honolulu; Kingsville, TX;
Livermore, CA; Powder Springs, GA; San Juan, PR; and Vero Beach, FL.

Other offices closed by the commission include those in Buffalo, NY;
Norfolk, VA; Miami, Houston, Portland, OR; and St. Paul, MN.

Ok whats open?

Offices that remain in operation include Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston;
Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Kansas City, MO; L.A.; New Orleans;
New York; Philadelphia; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and Tampa,
FL.

The FCC has previously announced that upon closing of the field offices
and monitoring stations that it would have a toll-free number to report
Land Mobile interference problems.  800-322-8255 "

According to this article Prior to June 1, 1996 the FCC maintained 35
field offices and monitoring stations, this number has dwindled to 16
offices.

Just thought it was an interesting piece of news to pass on to all the
radio enthusiasts.

au

 
 
 

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Post by Jim Rei » Wed, 09 Oct 1996 04:00:00




Quote:> From Mobile Radio Technology Oct '96:

> "The FCC has closed all 12 of it's monitoring stations. "

However,  they ARE still monitoring from many of these
same sights, remotely.  The data is sent to a central
monitoring station near Washington DC,  I believe.  So
the FCC is still monitoring both commercial and amateur
activity in both the HF and VHF spectrum areas.  They
have to,  by law,  I believe.  This is another example of
Ann Rands(Sp?) thesis that eventually all jobs for
most people will be taken over by computers and
machines.  Only the very brilliant few will remain useful
to the on going economy and whatever life style will exist
for the un and under employed.

73,  Jim, AH6NB

 
 
 

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Post by John Mullane » Wed, 09 Oct 1996 04:00:00


> From Mobile Radio Technology Oct '96:

> "The FCC has closed all 12 of it monitoring stations.  Almost all FCC
> field offices are equipped for monitoring frequencies at VHF and above.
> The monitoring stations were additionally equipped to monitor signals
> in the high-frequency (HF) range.  Stations were closed in the
> following locations: Allegan, MI; Anchorage, AK; Belfast, ME; Douglas,
> AZ; Ferndale, WA; Grand Island, NE; Honolulu; Kingsville, TX;
> Livermore, CA; Powder Springs, GA; San Juan, PR; and Vero Beach, FL.

> Other offices closed by the commission include those in Buffalo, NY;
> Norfolk, VA; Miami, Houston, Portland, OR; and St. Paul, MN.

> Ok whats open?

The Boston field office in Quincy Mass. can remote control the Maine
monitering post as well as any of the others they need in the Region.
From what I understand these are just further staffing cutbacks that
continue to make it harder for them to do their job.

--

John Mullaney  "Okay..so I've got a little email problem...."




                                   http://members.aol.com/johnsters

 
 
 

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Post by Cecil Moor » Wed, 09 Oct 1996 04:00:00


> Only the very brilliant few will remain useful
> to the on going economy and whatever life style will exist
> for the un and under employed.

As long as they know Morse code, there is nothing to fear. :-)

73, Cecil, W6RCA, OOTC  (not speaking for my employer)

 
 
 

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Post by Tony Whi » Wed, 09 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Quote:>"The FCC has closed all 12 of it monitoring stations.  Almost all FCC
>field offices are equipped for monitoring frequencies at VHF and above.
>The monitoring stations were additionally equipped to monitor signals
>in the high-frequency (HF) range.  Stations were closed in the
>following locations: Allegan, MI; Anchorage, AK; Belfast, ME; Douglas,
>AZ; Ferndale, WA; Grand Island, NE; Honolulu; Kingsville, TX;
>Livermore, CA; Powder Springs, GA; San Juan, PR; and Vero Beach, FL.

If you ever hear of any of the equipment from the Grand Island, NE location
becoming available on the surplus market, I want to know about it.  Supposedly
there is a ba***t full of old Hallicrafters parts down there, and I would
love to get my hands on them.
 
 
 

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Post by Andy Domonk » Thu, 10 Oct 1996 04:00:00

: From Mobile Radio Technology Oct '96:
:
: "The FCC has closed all 12 of it monitoring stations.  Almost all FCC
: field offices are equipped for monitoring frequencies at VHF and above.
: The monitoring stations were additionally equipped to monitor signals
: in the high-frequency (HF) range.  Stations were closed in the
: following locations: Allegan, MI; Anchorage, AK; Belfast, ME; Douglas,
: AZ; Ferndale, WA; Grand Island, NE; Honolulu; Kingsville, TX;
: Livermore, CA; Powder Springs, GA; San Juan, PR; and Vero Beach, FL.
:

The FCC doesn't need all these listening stations, it's redundant with all
the NSA stations in place.

Andy

 
 
 

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Post by AF4 » Thu, 10 Oct 1996 04:00:00


|>From Mobile Radio Technology Oct '96:

|>"The FCC has closed all 12 of it monitoring stations.  Almost all FCC
|>field offices are equipped for monitoring frequencies at VHF and above.
|>The monitoring stations were additionally equipped to monitor signals
|>in the high-frequency (HF) range.  Stations were closed in the
|>following locations: Allegan, MI; Anchorage, AK; Belfast, ME; Douglas,
|>AZ; Ferndale, WA; Grand Island, NE; Honolulu; Kingsville, TX;
|>Livermore, CA; Powder Springs, GA; San Juan, PR; and Vero Beach, FL.

|>Other offices closed by the commission include those in Buffalo, NY;
|>Norfolk, VA; Miami, Houston, Portland, OR; and St. Paul, MN.

|>Ok whats open?

|>Offices that remain in operation include Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston;
|>Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Kansas City, MO; L.A.; New Orleans;
|>New York; Philadelphia; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and Tampa,
|>FL.

|>The FCC has previously announced that upon closing of the field offices
|>and monitoring stations that it would have a toll-free number to report
|>Land Mobile interference problems.  800-322-8255 "

|>According to this article Prior to June 1, 1996 the FCC maintained 35
|>field offices and monitoring stations, this number has dwindled to 16
|>offices.

|>Just thought it was an interesting piece of news to pass on to all the
|>radio enthusiasts.

|>au

THIS can only be good news to SW pirates / free radio enthusiasts.
As long as they are not interfering with other services, I seriously doubt
that the FCC is going to bother ANYONE on HF with a moderately powered
signal that does not GRAB the whole world's attention.

I tried to contact the FCC monitoring station in Laurel, MD a few months ago
about a deliberate interference problem I heard on the ham bands.

They ignored my FAX.
They didn't return my phone call messages.

If there IS anyone left in FCC monitoring, they are likely too busy with
commercial work to want to fool with SW and FM band pirates.

Happy listening!

Bry

 
 
 

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Post by Ber » Thu, 10 Oct 1996 04:00:00


>> Only the very brilliant few will remain useful
>As long as they know Morse code, there is nothing to fear. :-)

Heh heh heh heh  <ROFLMAO>

One has to sometimes wonder if we would but only send a handful of
well versed Amateurs (with keys in hand) to the third world, could we
end poverty and plage in one fell sweep?

Bert Burland aka N5TOA / From The Texas Panhandle

 
 
 

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Post by John Mackey KA0SS » Thu, 10 Oct 1996 04:00:00


> I tried to contact the FCC monitoring station in Laurel, MD a few months ago
> about a deliberate interference problem I heard on the ham bands.

> They ignored my FAX.
> They didn't return my phone call messages.

About 3 years ago I informed the Portland field office of a problem

hour.  I tracked the problem down to the Eugene area, but the problem
could clearly be heard with a good receiver & antenna 100 miles away
in Portland.  First they lost the paper complaint & it was not in their
log.  Then I did another & they said they could not hear anything in
their
office using a scanner with the stock antenna on the back.  They refused
to
do any further investigation.  This was on a commercial business freq
in 150 MHz.  We have also made complaints about ham radio problems right
in the Portland area giving them specific time patterns & frequencies
but they do nothing.