Technician: Station Inspection

The Technician class question for this week is from sub-element 1 section F, essentially “the rules.” [T1F13]  [97.103(c)]

When must the station licensee make the station and its records available for FCC inspection?

A. At any time ten days after notification by the FCC of such an inspection
B. At any time upon request by an FCC representative
C. Only after failing to comply with an FCC notice of violation
D. Only when presented with a valid warrant by an FCC official or government agent

I could run down an explanation of each incorrect answer and say why they’re incorrect, but what it all boils down to is this:

At the end of the day, like it or not, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) runs the show with respect to amateur radio, and especially your license.  That license basically says that you’ll play by the rules, and agree to certain things in return for the privilege of using the amateur bands.

So, if a random FCC representative shows up at your door and asks to inspect your station….  Well, you’ve agreed to that.  Granted the odds of that actually happening are pretty slim, (unless you’ve been misbehaving, intentionally or not!) but it could still happen.

The answer, therefore, is B) At any time upon request by an FCC representative.  You’ll notice that the rest of the answers have conditions and qualifiers, none of which are relevant.

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