RE: Pirates & the FCC - We need to band together as a broadcast community

From: "Bertrand, Rob p.p. sbe15" <info@sbe15.com> (rbertrand _at_ cbs.com)
Subject: RE: Pirates & the FCC - We need to band together as a broadcast community
In-Reply-To: RE: Pirates & the FCC - We need to band together as a broadcast community
Date: December 15th 2015

John, All –

 

The point of my initial message is that we, as a community, are great about grumbling about this problem – but often lax when it comes to providing real, actionable information to the FCC.   

 

This is not because this is not a significant problem – it’s because we’re often all so busy that finding the time to submit a complaint is often not at the top of the to-do list, particularly given prior experience.  However, the new FCC website makes submission much easier and much faster.  Less than a minute to submit.  No calling and waiting on hold.    

 

Save this address as a favorite and use it whenever you encounter a pirate:

 

https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=38844

 

NY Enforcement Director Steve Maguire and his team of three agents have done a tremendous job in tracking down many, many pirates this year across a very broad territory that stretches from Cape May, NJ to Albany, NY. 

 

We each need to support their efforts and do a better job reporting pirates when we discover them.

 

If you submit a complaint and find that the pirate is still there a few months later, it’s likely they returned to the air after the FCC agent went away.  Submit another complaint.

 

A few of us are very consistent with this.  Many of us are not.  We need to do a better job with putting forth actual, actionable data regarding pirates, rather than broad complaints or pronouncements.  We can do this.

 

**rob**

 

 

Rob Bertrand  |  Market Chief Engineer  |  CBS Radio New York  |  rbertrand@cbs.com

 

From: john l p.p. sbe15 [mailto:info@sbe15.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 10:17 AM
To: sbe15
Subject: RE: Pirates & the FCC - We need to band together as a broadcast community

 

Sadly this is something our own lobbying agency-- the NAB-- should be yelling at Congress about. They don't seem to be doing it.

 

I hate sound cynical but nothing will get done regarding FCC funding and deployment without someone greasing palms in Washington.

 

johnl

 

 

On Monday, December 14, 2015 5:05 PM, "Rogers, Michael p.p. sbe15" <info@sbe15.com> wrote:

 

Hi Robert,

My name is Mike Rogers, and I work for ARINC / Rockwell Collins, at airports in the Northeast, on VHF communications.  I am also KC2TOF.  I like to listen to AM radio while relaxing or working in the house.  I know that this is a little off the topic of your message, but  please bear with me a bit.  For a week now, there has been what I will describe as digital interference on the AM band in my house, wide band over the middle portion, from say 750 to about 1300+ kHz.  There is an extremely powerful “switching power supply” kind of interference, which wipes out AM 970 completely (a 50 kW signal), even though it seems to be on approximately 960 kHz.  There is a data stream heard over the above stated frequency range, and at times competes with voice on 1010 WINS.  In and of itself it would not call my attention, but its level is around 15dB over S9 on a Grundig Satellit 750.  I wish I knew what could require enough power to stray down to AM with that much force.  There are periodic relatively long bursts of data interspersed with other shorter ones of perhaps 25 msec. or so.  If you have ever heard of anything like this, I would certainly be interested.

 

Thank you for your attention.

 

Respectfully,

 

        Rockwell Collins

                   A  R  I  N  C

           Michael J. Rogers

_________________________

Senior Field Service Technician

   W(718) 528-5074 ext. 7960

            C(347) 599-6756

        mrogers@arinc.com

 

 

 

From: Robert Taylor p.p. sbe15 [mailto:info@sbe15.com]
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2015 11:29 AM
To: sbe15
Subject: RE: Pirates & the FCC - We need to band together as a broadcast community

 

Rob,

Thank you for sending this to the group.  I agree with your comments and sent an email with similar comments a few years ago.

Recently, I have too submitted complaints via David Donovan.  David is very helpful, and at the same time, we have not seen any results from the FCC.

We all need to stay on this issue.

I would like to communicate with you off line about this as well.

Rob Taylor


Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:15:15 -0700
From: info@sbe15.com
To: members@sbe15.com
Subject: Pirates & the FCC - We need to band together as a broadcast community

Hi All –

 

You may be aware of the pending “reorganization” of the FCC – the plan to shutter numerous FCC offices and assign each remaining office significantly more geographic area to oversee.

 

This comes at a time when there are more pirate radio stations on the air than ever before.

 

Sadly, very few of us are submitting complaints about pirate stations.  Encountering a pirate in NY is being shrugged off far too easily.

 

If any of us encounters a pirate, we need to submit a complaint online here: 

 

 

It’s very easy.  Takes about a minute to fill out the form.

 

If you encounter a pirate interfering with your reception of 92.3, 101.1, 101.9, or 102.7, please feel free to drop me a note directly with as much information as possible, and I’ll file the complaint.

 

I encourage other CE’s in this group to put forth their own information.

 

As frustrating as the pirate issue is, it’s about to get much worse if the issue continues to go as lightly documented as it has.

 

David Donovan at NYSBA has been engaged in a herculean effort in moving this issue forward in Washington, but we can’t leave it up to him alone.  It’s essential that we go on record every time that a pirate broadcaster is encountered.

 

Fixing this is up to us as a community of broadcasters.  Let’s make it happen!

 

**rob**

 

 

Rob Bertrand

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