Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Pennsylvania Licensee Agrees to Short-Term Renewal
NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 23, 2004--General class licensee Henry Schott Jr, KA3BMS, of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, has agreed to a short-term renewal of his license to settle what the FCC called "enforcement issues related to the operation of your station." Although Schott vigorously denied any wrongdoing, FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth says Schott signed the deal--spelled out in a May 10 letter--in which the FCC will grant him a two-year license renewal instead of the normal ten-year term.
"At the end of the two-year period, you may routinely renew your license for a full term if there have been no valid complaints regarding the operation of your station," Hollingsworth told Schott. Last December, the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau referred Schott's renewal application to the Enforcement Bureau for review based upon what Hollingsworth described in the May 10 letter as "enforcement issues relating to the operation of your station and questions regarding your qualifications to be a licensee."
Complaints filed with the FCC regarding operations attributed to Schott date back to 2000. In December of that year, the Commission sent him a Warning Notice after it received information alleging that Schott--after being asked to stay off two repeaters--had "keyed up the repeaters and interfered with existing communications, failed to identify and used obscenities." The following year, the FCC requested that Schott respond to a complaint from a Canadian amateur alleging inappropriate conduct by Schott on a packet chat room that he subsequently was asked to leave. A 2003 complaint alleged that Schott was interfering with communications in the 40-meter phone band.
In January, Hollingsworth wrote Schott to summarize the litany of complaints and asked him to respond to each. Schott said he was not on the air at the time of the 40-meter complaint and sent the FCC his handwritten log sheets for the period in question. He also said he had "no recollection" of the packet communications at issue from 2001, noting that his VHF packet station was out of service from April 2001 until August 2002. He said he disconnected it again in January after getting Hollingsworth's letter. He also expressed the belief that someone else may have been using his call sign.
"Amateur Radio has provided me with enjoyment over the years," Schott told the FCC. "I wish to retain my Amateur Radio license and will abide by all of the laws, rules and regulations! The accusations filed against me are wrong."
After Schott signed the voluntary short-term agreement, the FCC renewed his license May 20.