Re: FCC enforcement actions against amateur radio abuse in the marine service.
This joker was really having a fun time until...
From the ARRL web site.
"In March 2009, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) in the amount of $17,000 to David Edward Perka, KA3PRB, of Lewisburg, Tennessee. The FCC alleges that Perka “willfully and repeatedly violat[ed] section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating without a license in the Maritime Radio Service and willfully violat[ed] Section 333 of the Act by maliciously interfering with the United States Coast Guard on the International Distress, Safety and Calling Channel in Annapolis, Maryland.”"
To see the rest, go to:
FCC Upholds $17,000 Forfeiture Order to Tennessee Ham
Please notice the words "willfully" and "maliciously" in the text. These along with the word "repeatedly" often appear in these kinds of spectacular enforcement actions.
If you make a legitimate mistake, you admit to it and explain what you have done so that it will never happen again, you will quite possibly get off with a stern letter.
Keep at it though and see what happens!
Have FUN but do it right!