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FCC Listening Post

posted Feb 16, 2014, 1:49 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 7:26 PM by Heather Anderson ]

From WB7FCH:,-122.554893&spn=0.002888,0.006883&sll=47.272986,-120.882277&sspn=6.433321,14.095459&t=h&z=18
While researching 10 meter beacons I came across an interesting set of coordinates.

Bring up
Select 'Maps'
Paste these numbers into the search box: N48.955667 W122.554889
Turn on 'Satellite' view and zoom in close.
You should see an arrow pointing to the center of what looks like a crop circle. It is not.
This is the location of one of only twelve FCC monitoring facilities, nation wide. This one is listed as being in Ferndale, WA ... although Custer is more accurate.
It seems that amateur radio transmissions are not allowed within 1 mile of this location. Looking at the roads in the area it makes me wonder about using our mobile rigs when traveling in this neighborhood.
Here is a link to a page that covers Amateur Radio Quiet Zones:
The same page points out that we live north of 'Line A' which also prohibits us from using the amateur radio frequencies from 420-430 MHz. We will want to remember that when we start using the new UDR rigs.