... in late 2009 engineers noticed that satellite-positioning receivers for a new navigation aid at Newark airport in New Jersey were suffering brief daily breaks in reception. Something was interfering with the signals from orbiting global positioning system (GPS) satellites. It took two months for investigators from the Federal Aviation Authority to track down the problem: a driver who passed by on the nearby New Jersey Turnpike each day had a cheap GPS jammer in his truck.
Perhaps if the FCC were a bit less busy trampling free speech on America's airwaves they'd have more resources available to stop the importation and sales of illegal transmitting equipment.
You can run but you can't hide. Anything that relies on radio signals can be subject to interference and jamming. Only way to deal with the problem is aggressive treatment of people with illegal equipment.
PS the subject line is a reference to an Eric Idle song about the FCC. Google it up if you don't mind gratuitous use of the F word.
We used to do "Fox" hunts in HAM Radio for fun. One guy would transmit at random times and we would track him till we found him. The Vans the FCC has are way more advanced now for finding "Outlaws"
The FCC has no control over what comes in through our ports or other gateways. They can outlaw the jammers and other devices, but it's up to Customs to stop the material from coming in.
What's the range on these jammers? Are they all the same? They had this in the news recently but the story was pretty vague. They're like $50. I wonder if a filter can be developed down the road to fix the issue. Who knows at this point....
If you filter the jammer, you filter the GPS signal, also. Think about it.
With no control over the manufacturer these devices range from a few thousandth of a watt to 20 or more. A 20 watt signal will broadcast for many miles while a few milliwatts may only go a quarter mile or so.
Lightsquared starts up their LTE network, and hundreds of truckers riding by their towers block THEIR signals. LMAO! True poetry.
If the FCC never tells the CBP what to do, it won't ever be done. Responsibility still comes back to the FCC.
Other agencies do this with the CBP. It's just a matter of initiative. But when the agency is so busy screwing with free speech, and selling off mis-managed spectrum, and whatever other malfeasance they are stuck in, there's no manpower left to do what they're actually supposed to be doing.
The FCC used to be run by engineers with the token lawyer around to write rulings. Now it's run by lawyers with the token engineer around to explain what radio is.
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