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  • FCC fines Kansas pirate radio operator $10K

  • Federal regulators have fined a Junction City man $10,000 for allegedly running a pirate radio station out of a Manhattan garage.
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  • Federal regulators have fined a Junction City man $10,000 for allegedly running a pirate radio station out of a Manhattan garage.
    Glen Rubash, 59, has 30 days in which to challenge the Federal Communications Commission fine, which the agency issued Wednesday. He didn't immediately respond to a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
    The station operated on FM frequency 88.3 and was rebroadcasting Republican Broadcasting Network talk radio programming, radio station KMAN reported.
    The FCC wrote that Rubash "apparently willfully and repeatedly violated" the federal Communications Act by operating the station without a license.
    On Sept. 26, the 88.3 signal was traced to an FM transmitting antenna mounted on a pole next to a Manhattan home. The FCC wrote that agents determined that the signal was strong enough to require a license but none had been granted to operate the station.
    The property owner said that he allowed Rubash to use a detached garage to operate the radio station and thought the operation was legal because Rubash told him he was a licensed radio operator.
    On Sept. 27, Rubash talked to the FCC and admitted that he purchased the radio transmitter and that the station had been on the air for two months, the FCC wrote.
    "Mr. Rubash added that he would not voluntarily relinquish the transmitter if asked to do so," the FCC wrote.
    The FCC said that because Rubash is a licensed extra class amateur operator, he "presumably was aware (or should have been aware) that operation of the radio transmitter required a license."
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