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If you're a registered ham, the FCC has your address, so they can fine you or revoke the license.



And if you’re not, registered hams make a game out of finding particularly egregious pirate stations and reporting them to the FCC.


Why do they do it though? It's not like the FCC is going to pay them for their time... I suppose if someone is really broadcasting garbage and disrupting communications then I can see the issue.


Whackers are definitely a thing. And they'll doxx and locate you in real life. And worse yet, they'll even think they have some sort of license for 'citizens arrest', or FCC reporting.

> Why do they do it though?

Power tripping, primarily.

> I suppose if someone is really broadcasting garbage and disrupting communications then I can see the issue.

Standard disruption or otherwise will usually get you caught. But sending 200 bytes that happens to be cryptocurrency isn't likely to be found, or caught... Unless you're dumb enough to do it on a repeater (that probably records and streams online).




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