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Picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?

Why yes, I have done that and it can be quite entertaining.  The FCC has graced our humble presence and apparently cracked down hard on one of those pie-rite types:

The New York Office received information that an unlicensed broadcast radio station on 87.9 MHz was allegedly operating in Poughkeepsie, New York. On January 14, 2016, agents from this office confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 87.9 MHz were emanating from the basement of El Patron Restaurant, located at 411 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, New York. The Commission’s records show that no license was issued for operation of a broadcast station on 87.9 MHz at this location in Poughkeepsie, New York.

More here.

Hot Snot! One down and several to go? What is also interesting is the frequency; 87.9 MHz. That falls outside of the frequency range of the NY State anti-pirate law passed in 2011. That well crafted bit of useless legislation only covers 88-108 MHz.

If you are wondering about the title, it is from the movie “The French Connection:”

This is how I imagine those rough enforcement bureau types interrogating a busted pirate. Well, at least back in the days of Alexander Zimny and Judah Mansbach anyway.

That video is hilarious, back in the day.

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4 comments to Picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?

  • StvCmty

    The FCC New York Office got the NOUO wrong. 15.239, 250 uV/m at 3 meters is only for 88-108MHz (with up to 200kHz of bandwidth). What makes the New York office writing the NOUO wrong more sad is a few days earlier the San Diego Office wrote a 87.9 NOUO and cited the correct parts of Part 15 (15.209, 100 uV/m at 3 meters, no fundamental frequency between 76-88MHz). http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-339394A1.html

  • Bob Doolittle

    Then there is WNYZ-LP Channel 6. A “TV” station that only broadcasts audio at 87.75.

  • Paul Thurst

    To be fair Bob, they do broadcast a video carrier as well. When I was living down in Peekskill, I could tune in off the air and watch old silent movies while listening to Russian Radio. It was kind of a surreal experience, especially after a night out on the town, if you know what I mean…

    I believe they are broadcasting Korean Radio, but I don’t know what is on the video carrier.

  • Rich

    I see you mentioned Judah Mansbach of the F.C.C. I remember him.

    I was a Maritime Radio Officer serving on a Sea-Land container vessel back in the 1980’s. Judah Mansbach came on board to perform the annual shipboard radiotelegraph station inspection. I was not impressed with him at all.

    He had a young girl with him, who was apparently a new F.C.C. employee.

    Judah commented to his young assistant how the Radio Officer did practically nothing but sit around reading Playboy magazine all day. This angered me greatly and I did NOT let it go. I didn’t give a ***T that he worked for the F.C.C.

    So I “explained” to that rotund buffoon Judah and his assistant the duties and responsibilities of a shipboard Radio Officer, and in very terse terms as well.

    He shut up, finished his inspection, signed the station off and left. He didn’t have a clue and he had no right to denigrate my profession.

    Today the F.C.C. doesn’t even bother to inspect ship G.M.D.S.S. stations. They leave that up to repairmen from commercial service companies… the same service companies that do millions of dollars worth of business with the shipping companies. Talk about a “conflict of interest!”

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