|Steven Frischling's autobiography|
This one came from a 2004 post on the Sportsshooter message board regarding police scanners. Naturally, Frischling, the expert on all things, is the first one to reply. He says this about licenses:
"In every state a Ham licenses allows you to carry a scanner. You can get a No-Code Ham licenses at Radio Shack, just buy the book, fill out a form and send it in."Someone immediately responds to correct him:
"As for the license itself, it takes more than filling out a from. In order to obtain a "no code" Technician license, you must pass a written exam (not hard) that's administered by FCC approved Volunteer Examiners."As usual, Frischling does not apologize for his goof but insists he got his license this way, now substituting the word "exam" for "form."
"When I got my HAM license, back in 92 (I have no idea what my identifier is, I know, I am a poor excuse for a geek :0) ) I got the book at Radio Shack. Read it for about an hour, took the exam, and that was it.The same guy responds...
I got my HAM because Suffolk County, Long Island, was being a pain in the butt about a mobile mounted scanner in a car."
"If you were a tech and got your license in 1992, then it should have expired in 2002. There's a two year grace period in renewing your license, so depending on when it was issued in 1992 you may still be able to renew it for the cost of a stamp. I pulled out my 1996 Callbook CD and tried to look you up and see when it expired, but I didn't get a hit."Frischling does not offer an explanation of this but his story gets wilder... once again claiming he was the victim of police harassment:
"I have my HAM license somewhere. I thought it expired about a year ago. I will probably try and renew, or take the exam again. As stated, my primary reason for getting the license was to deal with a Suffolk County Police Officer who seemed to give me me hell often at scenes (of course I was 17, but I was shooting for legit news outlets, so I'm sure I was the easiest target).Once again the other guy responds:
I used to keep the info in my car, until I got my Nassau County Police press credential (he would not take my NYPD one for some reason)."
"I have a 1996 Callbook CD, but I can't see a "Frischling" using the name search. If you need help, let me know the address you lived at when you were licensed and I'll take a look for you."But Frischling insists he should be there!
"I should be there....I'm pretty sure my name was "Frischling" since June of 1975 :0)"But guess what? A search of all active and expired licensees only brings up one Frischling - someone named David Frischling of Maine. Search for yourself:
So what's the deal Frischling? Why aren't you listed?
Oh and where can we find your licensing information for the time you claimed you worked as a firefighter/EMT?
Thanks to the FishFraud fans for sending this to us and posting it on comments!