The following is a drastically edited down article to ilustrate the key points from a recent Radio World article, it chronicles two different supposabe "part 15" stations being located and then shut down.. Although the FCC has not yet initiated their plans for "Tiger Teams", here presents an indication of what one can expect, as this licensed broadcaster became a self-deputized tiger team:
--------------- "At the beginning of 2016, as the first translator window opened, I began listening around Denver on the frequency I filed for. Right here in my office on my office radio, I was hearing a strong signal with an eclectic music mix, time and temperature announcements and liners. There was, of course, no station ID.I spent some time driving the signal and found that it went several miles in each direction, centered very near my office. This was no legitimate Part 15 operation; the station had to be transmitting considerable power. We had to find this station and get it shut down before our new translator came on...
...When the agent got there, he noted that the measured field appeared to be close to Part 15 limits, so he didn’t even knock on the door. Amanda and I drove the signal again and found it was nowhere near what it had been. It was listenable only within a few hundred feet as opposed to several miles. ...the pirate cut power back to a legal level before the FCC agent arrived. Problem solved, right? Not quite..
...the owner was an amateur radio operator. .. ..wrote him a polite but firmly-worded letter on company letterhead advising him that within a few weeks, a licensed station would be coming on the air on the frequency he had chosen for his Part 15 station. I asked him to find another frequency and left him with the strong implication that we would not take interference to our new signal lying down. Amazingly, within a couple of days, the signal disappeared and has not come back... engaging in unlicensed broadcast activity at greater than Part 15 levels, he not only risked a hefty fine but also his amateur radio license...
[Another location] One complainant gave us a lot of detail about the pirate’s signal, programming and the like. This guy was boldly identifying as “Pirate Radio 95.3 — and it’s legal!”
Interestingly, we got some “hate mail” after that Boulder pirate was shut down. Evidently he had a following. To put it politely, the pirate’s listeners who posted on our station’s Facebook page could not understand why he had to shut down because his signal could not possibly be interfering with our station way down in Denver. It’s always hard to explain to the uninitiated that a radio signal will interfere over a much larger area than it covers.
With the resolution of these two cases, we’re two for two, at least in the Denver market. The key in both cases was taking care of the time-consuming aspect of the hunt ourselves, before contacting the FCC. That really left the field office people with very little to do, really just show up.
My guess is that this is going to be the model that broadcasters are going to have to follow."