Clipped From Amarillo Daily News
TRAFFIC COP OF AIRWAVES A cathode ray direction finder here occupies the tion of Adolph .Anderson, supervisor of the FCC's tral Atlantic monitoring area.. Direction of signal monitor wants to locate shows up on the scope at Walkie-talkie Talkers WhoTalk Without Licenses FCC Headache By DOUGLAS LARSEN WASHINGTON, July 18 (NBA)--The walkie-talkie, which has a terrific going-over from comedians and cartoonists, is no joke to Federal communications Commission. Along with other surplus government radio equipment, the talkie is a large headache that has been magnified ever since a ex-Navy radioman, and a trio of accomplices, parlayed one. of portable two-way radios, safe-crack- ing, and youthful daring into a large haul of folding money lifted from a number of New York concerns. The New York walkie-talkie gang was nabbed, to be sure, and thus far ' it is the only successful case of such utilization of this type of radio. But the FCC, which has the job of polic- ing the air waves for illegal broad- casts, doesn't feel any better. One precaution set down by the FCC was side-stepped by the New York youths because the leader built his own walkie-talkie. Actually, you can't buy one unless you get a license to use it, although the alluring ad- vertisements for walkie-talkies often omit that qualification. And no 'li- cense will be issued by the.FCC ex- cept in the amateur service. This requires special examinations which the average person could not pass. The cheering thought that .this will prevent your wife from calling you up on your way to the corner store, however, is chilled by the fact that FCC is studying a plan which would permit ordinary citizens to use Â·walkie-talkies on a special band cet aside just for this purpose. The job of the FCC in constantly monitoring the air for Illegal-broad- casts is complicated by military de- velopments during the War which discovered, along with the walkie- talkie, that there was 300 times more room in the ether than previously had been known. Must Be Licensed \nd it is further complicated by youngsters who are buying the -.urplus radio equipment cheaply but don't understand how to use it. They don't know that ,311 forms of broadcasting--regardless of wave- length used or-how weak the sig- 'nals might be--have to be licensed by the government. The result is interference with regular broad- casts, plane communications, and other legitimate uses. The FCC has nine primary sta- tions all over the U. S., and 13 secondary stations constantly polic- ing the ether. In addition there are 100 mobile direction finder units in operation which can locate the exact spot of unlicensed radio send- ing. According to law, the penalty for an illegal broadcast is a fine not to exceed S10.000. imprisonment for two years, or both. Most teen-agers caught misusing transmitting equip- ment are let off with a severe lee- NIGHTMARE Hard - of -hearing ? FCC Engineer John C. terson is demonstrating' a transmitter confiscated at Laurel, Â· Md., race track. This walkie-talkie, with microphone w o r n round disk on the wrist, was a nightmare to bookies I j I until the with it. FCC caught up beam on the plane. The iriforma- ion is given immediately to Wash- ington and the plan is spotted a map where the lines from .two or more stations cross. The pilot the plane is then Informed exactly ture. with the V^YorTw^e: where he is and told talkie sang, of course, as a notable TM n f^f TM heed ' TCC did exception to this kindly attitude. Malicious intent brings stern prose- cution: since Jan. 1, the FCC has brought more than 60 cases into court, and some of the defendants already are serving time. Gambler's Trick Crooked race track gamblers tangling with FCC monitors is an old story. The idea is to flash a running account of the race, while it is still, in progress, to a confed- erate who places late bets with a bookie. In 1910 at Charlestown, two illicit, operators were caught, using a portable transmitter about the size of a camera and a larger trans- mitter just. outside the track as a relay station. Both men are in Jail. The latest happened last month. Two men were nabbed just before they went on the air at Belmont valuable work in locating enemy broadcasts and recording them or Jamrriine them out of use. Its time Radio Intelligence Division has now been incorporated into an agency to enforce the radio laws during peace. Rites at Canadian For Mrs. Stickley CANADIAN, July 18 (Special)-- Funeral services . w e r e Wednesday afternoon at the First Chrisitan Church for Mrs. Harry Stickley, 75 years old. Mrs. Stickley, born In Ohio Jan. 16. 1871, had lived in. Canadian 1901. She was an ardent church Park. According to FCC their trans- I worker and one of the rnitter was set, to operate on the the Christian Church at Canadian. Survivors besides her husband, in- clude two daughters, Mrs.. Floyd lars, Amarillo, and Mrs. Jessie same beam as that used Guardia Field. FCC says had gone on.the 'air they have set up enough interference on Canadian, and a son, Huston that channel crash. Another important are Canadia. Other survivors Zollars, Huston and Bobby Fry- monitoring facilities Of the FCC is Rev. Troy Plunk conducted in finding lost airplanes. Direction finders all over the countrj Burial was in Canadian Cemetery.