'Dodgy FM' pirate broadcaster in first 'computer + radio' case
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Source: Mi2N - May 19, 2002
Identifying himself as 'Dodgy FM,' 24-year-old Peter James Allridge of
Chorley, Surrey, in the UK, was picking up webcasts and re-broadcasting on a
frequency of 106.5Mhz over the Chorley area.
Now he's achieved a measure of fame by being the first person in the UK to
be convicted of using unlicensed radio gear to re-transmit webcasts offline.
Chorley magistrates heard that officers from Britain's Radiocommunications
Agency, in the Chorley area on 18 November 2001, monitored radio
transmissions from a station identifying itself as 'Dodgy FM' and which was
later traced to Allridge's address.
A warrant was obtained and executed on 15 December, they were told by the
agency, which said in a statement, "In an upstairs bedroom officers found
equipment that was transmitting on 106.5Mhz. The equipment comprised a
computer which was receiving transmissions through the Internet, and this in
turn was linked to a transmitter, which broadcast the programme over the
Allridge was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100
costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 1(1) of the Wireless
Telegraphy Act 1949. He was also ordered to forfeit all his broadcasting
equipment to the Radiocommunications Agency.
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