KMUD is one of the few pirate radio stations broadcasting from the west coast of the USA. They have been heard recently on 4060 kHz. KMUD is rumored to broadcast from the county of Inyo, in the desert of eastern California. They were active in the early 00s. However the station went on hiatus after receiving a warning from an FCC agent in the early 2000s. (Reports differ on the date, some mentioning November 2001, others specifying December 16, 2002.)
According to a 2010 FRN discussion regarding the November 2001 incident involving the FCC, KMUD was not on-air during the agent's daytime visit and only a warning was given. In an earlier discussion the date of the FCC warning was given as December 16, 2002.
In discussions of this incident it was noted that photographs of the station setup and location - posted to an operator's website - may have assisted the FCC field agent in discovering the station location and operator:
"...never put up a site/picture of your station antenna system with identifiable mountains in the background - especially if they are in a "national forest"-- desert or not ...DUMB! Interagency cooperation in this police state of ours is a fact now..." -- KMUD, January 8, 2004
FRN discussions concerning KMUD:
- "KMUD (voice in the desert) where art thou?", 2003-2004
- "Weather Radio is QRT", 2009
- "Clearing up the assumptions about KMUDsw (non) bust", 2010
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