Re: Interference

Jerry N9AVY

With no ID, it would be considered an unlicensed transmission and perhaps even broadcasting.  In any event it's illegal. 

If you should catch an ID,  never contact that station directly.  Some of those are real head cases and a some have had death threats from contacting a station.


From: "David Westbrook dwestbrook@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 8:03 AM
Subject: Re: Re: [070] Interference

"I will be sending a repo.  into ARRL Bureu"

Hopefully he does report it, so they can correct him!

One other caution - and this was passed to our club from those who deal with these situations.  DO NOT ENGAGE THE INDIVIDUAL.   
It might also be illegal to respond?  I seem to recall reading once that someone was cited for transmitting to an unidentified station, but don't remember details (might have been involving 14.313) ... I just tried to give Part 97 a quick search ( but didn't see anything (maybe it's considered "one-way" communication since other side isn't identified/legal?) ... 
Can anyone provide a citation?


On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:12 AM, n7we1980@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
Good morning all-

Unfortunately I have some experience with dealing with intentional interference in a prior club role.  It can be dealt with, but it takes time and effort.

The fact that this individual failed to ID tells me this was not simply a "misinformed" individual seeking to be helpful.  Regrettably, my experience has been this type of behavior will be repeated and is not self-correcting.  And the only way to impact it is through the FCC and the ARRL OO program.  It takes time and documentation, documentation, documentation to get any action, but it eventually happens.

To that end I filed an Interference complaint with the FCC this morning using their on-line complaint form.  I also sent my ARRL Section Manager and ARRL OO the following:

Rick here -
N7WE - ARRL Member # 2000168852
Leesburg, FL 34748

Last evening between about 00:30 UTC and 01:30 UTC I was operating PSK31 between 7.070 and 7.072.  I observed an individual intentionally and repeatedly interfering with stations calling CQ and in-progress QSOs.  He was using sufficient power to jam the in-progress QSOs.  The text he or she transmitted was:

7.Ø8Ø-7.125 RTTY/Data
7.Ø8Ø-7.125 RTTY/Data
7.Ø8Ø-7.125 RTTY/Data
You are operating out of data band!!
I will be sending a repo.  into ARRL Bureu

He or she specifically jammed a QSO between myself and KZ3T - Dan Morris - at approximately 01:00 to the point that we were unable to complete the QSO.  At no time during this period did the station identify. 

As I only have a vertical, I am unable to provide an azimuth on the transmissions.  Hopefully, this was a one-time occurrence and the individual will correct their ways. Experience tells me that is probably an idle hope.  Thus this email to you.   Should the behavior persist, I will let you know and ask for your assistance.

I am also filing a complaint of intentional interference and failure to identify with the FCC  via the on-line complaint system.

Thank you & 73,

Rick - N7WE
Leesburg, FL

If you were interfered with, or saw others being interfered with, please consider making an FCC complaint and informing your Section Manager and OO.  The "ball" has to get really big before it starts rolling!

One other caution - and this was passed to our club from those who deal with these situations.  DO NOT ENGAGE THE INDIVIDUAL.  This only incites them and caused them to become more devious and harder to track down.


Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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