We see on a regular basis varying interpretations of FCC rules generated by "an agent".
You can, wihtout too much trouble, find people who insist 1710 is a perfect frequency to use.
You can find people who insist having their transmitter on top of a tower or roof with a short wire connecting their transmitter ground to the structure as a legal short ground lead. Of that a long ground lead was OK as it was "lightning protection".
And the list goes on.
And they often say "Well, I had an FCC agent out here who inspected my station and said everything was fine". NEVER in one of these cases do we have ANY documentation of this FCC agents visit. Where is his report? I'm sure he had to file something. I would specifically ask an agent for something written that stated I was in compliance. Where is the agents name? The date of the inspection?
Now, lets say that an actual FCC agent came and did an inspection and approved a long ground lead, or a non-compliant frequency, or whatever. Does the fact that he approved it change the law? NO. Yet so many seem to think so. "Well, now that we know a long ground lead is OK....". NO. The law didn't change.
If I get pulled over driving down the freeway at 80 in a 65 MPH zone, and the officer decides not to give me a ticket, does this mean the speed limit has changed to 80? NO!
I find all these "the agent says it was OK" stories to be sketchy at best. And even if they were all true, not ONE of them changes any law.