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Topic # 87067 19-Jul-2011 08:27
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 A Kapiti Coast man has been sentenced for supplying illegal radio jamming transmitters after a combined effort between government agencies.
The man admitted supplying radio jammers and transmitting outside the terms of his radio licence and was fined $2000 in Porirua District Court last month.

“This is a good example of government agencies working together to reduce crime in the community,” says Radio Spectrum Management National Compliance Manager, Chris Brennan.

“Radio jammers are increasingly being used as part of criminal activity. Our team of inspectors works hard to stop criminals getting access to this type of equipment.”

The Ministry of Economic Development laid charges under the Radio Communications Act after Police found the transmitters during a house search for drugs.

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What is a radio jammer?
An electronic device that deliberately disrupts or jams radio signals including cellphones and GPS. They were often used in wartime to block the enemy’s radio messages. Today, radio jamming is becoming increasingly used by criminals to block mobile phonecalls.

Is anyone in New Zealand legally allowed to have a radio jammer?
It is illegal to import, manufacture, sell or use a radio jammer in New Zealand.

Just one organisation – the Department of Corrections – is licensed to use radio jammers. That licence relates to maintaining prison security.

Who is Radio Spectrum Management?
The branch of the Ministry of Economic Development that manages New Zealand’s radio spectrum. Its work includes regulating radio licences, allocating frequencies, administering the accreditation of radio engineers and certifiers, investigating radio frequency interference, and enforcing electromagnetic and radio compliance of electrical, electronic and radio products.


 




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  Reply # 495111 19-Jul-2011 08:31
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Actually just one comment on "Just one organisation – the Department of Corrections – is licensed to use radio jammers. That licence relates to maintaining prison security"

For years I worked in the telco practice of a large multinational. Before 2000 we had a all-hands meeting about new stuff we would be working on, and one of the things that was listed was "prison communications management".

The practice leader then explained that in Brazil the corrections dept was using radio jammers because inmates were running their drug business from behind bars, and this was something we should look at. People at the meeting laughed at the idea of inmates having mobiles and obviously made a joke this was a third world problem... What a difference a decade makes. Also goes to show who were not the forward thinkers in the group.





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  Reply # 501458 3-Aug-2011 16:07
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What was the jamming that he was doing? Mobile? GPS? those are the 2 most common ones you see advertised all over the net.




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  Reply # 501485 3-Aug-2011 16:32
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freitasm:

For years I worked in the telco practice of a large multinational. Before 2000

People at the meeting laughed at the idea of inmates having mobiles and obviously made a joke this was a third world problem... What a difference a decade makes. Also goes to show who were not the forward thinkers in the group.



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  Reply # 501503 3-Aug-2011 16:57
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richms: What was the jamming that he was doing? Mobile? GPS? those are the 2 most common ones you see advertised all over the net.

Probably.. You can also jam the police frequencies as well, making it difficult for the police to communicate if you jam UHF/VF/GPS/UMTS/GSM frequencies all at once and you "want to get away" or pull something else off..
 

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  Reply # 501529 3-Aug-2011 17:34
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freitasm: 
For years I worked in the telco practice of a large multinational. Before 2000 we had a all-hands meeting about new stuff we would be working on, and one of the things that was listed was "prison communications management".

It is not uncommon for specialised agencies in some countries to employ 'jammers'  in and around areas visited by heads of state etc. In these instances there purpose is to disrupt signals that may be sent to remote devices..


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  Reply # 501557 3-Aug-2011 18:50
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Just a shame Corrections got sold a lemon of a cellphone jamming system configured by people who quite clearly knew very little. Anybody remember the fact that 2degrees still worked fine for a long time after their network went live?


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  Reply # 501560 3-Aug-2011 18:56
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I havent ever had a jammer, but if I did have one in the past I would have found its advertised range and effectiveness to be hell overstated with a real range of about 1m if you were lucky. Not that I ever had one or gave it away.




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