SWIARC Disbands

Nets held on 146.82 often go beyond the 1 hr time allotted

Nets held on 146.82
often go beyond
the 1 hr time allotted

Upon consideration and after receipt
of the following notice from the FCC
levying fines in excess of our
ability to pay, we have decided to
disband the club.
The most noticeable effect of this
will be shutting off our 2 repeaters
the popular VHF one on 146.82, and
also our new C4FM on UHF. As the VHF
frequency is so popular, it seems
likely to be immediately reassigned,
and in fact, many users may not
notice any change whatsoever.
The good news if there is any, is
SWIARC Inc. has always been a state
of Iowa recognized corporation
so that individual members are not
liable. See details in letter below:

FCC Enforcement Division
Washington D.C.

Re: SWIARC Incorporated

1) After review and verification of information compiled by Net Police operatives of the ARL, Enforcement Division finds repeated and willful violation of accepted Net Time Limit guidelines by the Wednesday night Net on a VHF repeater operated by SWIARC Inc. of Council Bluffs Iowa. Enforcement is in the form of $7,500 fine to be paid the first of next month, or the first business day thereafter.

2) Similarly, ED finds Net Police reports on the Saturday Noon Net hour limit overages to be valid, and assesses a second, separate $7,500 fine to be paid the first of next month immediate.

3) Net operations on SWIARC owned VHF repeater routinely exceed generally accepted time limit guidelines. The clock time shown above is not an aberration as Net Police records show several instances of Nets going on 20 minutes past the second hour.

4) Enforcement Division also has records supplied by the Net Police relating to several impromptu ‘Nets’ on days when no formal net was scheduled. At this time, no formal action will be taken although ED does note that it seems certain Hams enjoy taking over a public repeater for extended periods of time, especially late evening hours when other users might enjoy access to a popular frequency.

5) This action is to be sent out immediately for process by the first day of the following month.

H. Ward, N0AG
Huntoon, N1TPK
Wouff Hong, W0XON
FCC Enforcement Division
Alexandria, Virginia


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