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From: jduncan@got.net (Jim Duncan)
Newsgroups: alt.radio.pirate

>I have never seen any posted on this 'newsgroup'.
>Does it ever happen?
>

My "pirate" station was busted by the FCC on 7/31/79.  Two agents
showed up at my house in a big station wagon, responding to a
complaint from a commercial broadcaster.

It was KOAN FM 107.9 and AM 1600 in Scotts Valley, CA.  The FM was 5
watts from a 1200 foot hill and had a large coverage area.  The AM
used 35 watts.  This simulcast had been on the air 18 hours per day
since Nov. 1975.  It was KOAN (KO-AN) Mountain Fine Arts, translating
classical music KDFC from San Francisco most of the time, while I
could go on live from time-to-time.  It was a blatant, long running
violation, and I figured my broadcast engineering career would be
damaged.  Numerous broadcast engineers were aware of it and had even
been to my house.  I can't believe I ever did this.  Having been a
defense industry technician, I designed and built everything myself -
antennas, receivers, transmitters, etc., and it was all optimized for
maximum coverage.

The agents seemed to be amused by the whole scene, actually, and
visited with me all afternoon. I got an ugly looking citation, but
there was no fine at the time.  KDFC apparently got a number of phone
calls and letters wondering where the music went (in the Santa Cruz
mountains).

The FCC people made it clear that a repeat visit for the same type of
violation would be a bloodbath.  Naturally, if microbroacasting were
to be legalized in some form, KOAN would instantly reappear, however,
again with its fine arts format.  
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