Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pirate Radio Station Shut Down in Orange Park

11June 2010

An illegal radio station that broadcast music and religious content to the Haitian community was shut down Thursday in Orange Park after a 60-year-old man was charged with unauthorized transmission or interference with a radio station, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Fritzner Lindor, a Port-au-Prince native who now lives in the 3500 block of Silver Bluff Road, was arrested after an unlicensed FM station was found transmitting from his home, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The FCC tracked down the unlicensed radio station after responding to an April 26 complaint from Clear Channel Radio that someone was broadcasting on the 94.7 FM frequency. Using detection equipment on Wednesday, the FCC investigators found a whip antenna in a tree “operating 10,513 times the legal authorized value for a low power device,” the arrest report said. The agents traced the antenna cable to a nearby garage and confirmed the radio station had no license to operate.

The Sheriff’s Office got a search warrant for the house and discovered transmitters in the garage and a generator in a nearby pickup truck Thursday. Investigators think the station had been broadcasting for about a year.


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