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(C|Net)   Truck driver uses GPS jammer to successfully prevent his boss from tracking his whereabouts. Finds out that FCC can still track him   (news.cnet.com) divider line 48
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2013-08-12 10:46:51 AM
4 votes:

RottNDude: The Chinese jammers I've encountered spew about a watt of noise at and significantly above and below L1 and L2 GPS frequencies. This will totally obliterate the milliwatt signal being received by any GPS receiver.


GPS was developed as a military system.

I'm sure there are military GPS receivers that use directional antennas (phased array) that strongly reject any signals that don't come from where the satellites are supposed to be.

It would be pretty pointless to have a crucial military system that can be trivially jammed. Then again the specs on how jam-resistant such systems are I'm sure are highly classified and they would never release such systems for commercial navigation uses.
2013-08-12 10:10:46 AM
4 votes:
So Bojczak was fined $31,875 on Friday. And, yes, he was also fired for his misdirection.

Putting a GPS jammer in a company vehicle? Yeah, that sounds like grounds for automatic firing. If you don't want your employer to track you, drive your own truck.

On the other hand, an airport charged with landing airplanes worth hundreds of millions of dollars would seem to warrant having a system that can't be blocked with a $100 jammer.
2013-08-12 10:38:05 AM
3 votes:

The Slush: dittybopper: The better solution, if you don't want to be tracked all the time,

is tocover the GPS antenna with something metal, like aluminum foil or a wire mesh be a trustworthy employee who doesn't spend all day at strip clubs while on the clock.

Even if you are a trustworthy employee who doesn't spend all day at strip clubs while on the clock, you may not really want to be tracked.  Especially if you get dinged for things like going a bit over the speed limit in order to make a scheduled delivery on time, or because you don't want your boss to know you've got an overactive bladder and need to take frequent piss breaks, or because you simply have an aversion to being micromanaged, which is why you became a driver in the first place, so you don't have a boss looking over your shoulder the whole time.
2013-08-12 10:45:48 AM
2 votes:
Fubini:
Rest assured: the airport has SOME contingency plan in place, just in case the GPS stops working (which they can and do all the time... GPS is weak enough to be drowned out by solar activity, on occasion). But you can be sure that contingency isn't as safe or as comfortable as the GPS solution. Pilots are still trained to do things manually in the event that everything hits the fan, but you couldn't pay me enough money to be on that thing.

Oh crap, the GPS is out.  I guess I'll just resort to about 3 other approach/landing radio-nav systems.  GPS is nice, absolutely.  However it is not really necessary for any flying.
2013-08-12 10:39:34 AM
2 votes:
I drove deliveries for a big chain auto supply house and they started doing the GPS tracking, but they were small handheld units (to be on your person the whole time you were driving/delivering).

They started writing people up for things like stopping at the quickmart for a soda or diverging from the designated route (even if you could prove it was to avoid traffic or an accident).

Magically my unit quit working. The uptime counter showed it'd been on the whole time, just for *some* reason it'd lose signal about 5 min out, and regain about 5 min before I got back.

It might have had something to do with the steel ammo can I started keeping in my backpack. I just wanted to make sure the company property didn't get damaged and all.
2013-08-12 10:30:04 AM
2 votes:

dittybopper: The better solution, if you don't want to be tracked all the time, is to cover the GPS antenna with something metal, like aluminum foil or a wire mesh be a trustworthy employee who doesn't spend all day at strip clubs while on the clock.

2013-08-12 10:24:13 AM
2 votes:

karmaceutical: What the fark point was he trying to prove by jamming his employers GPS?


A) That he could
B) He was most likely doing shiat his employers didn't want him to do on company time. If you're supposed to be at a specific address for 8 hours a day, but the GPS is showing you spending those 8 hours running errands around town, you're gonna get your ass fired.

He should be fired anyway. Make it a little harder to pay back that $32K fine.
2013-08-12 10:23:32 AM
2 votes:

karmaceutical: What the fark point was he trying to prove by jamming his employers GPS?


That "the man" couldn't keep him down or some such shiat, I'm sure....

We have people biatch about the locators we have on all our vehicles here at work...

Employee: "You're just tracking me  to see if I'm doing something wrong!"

My response:  "And?"
2013-08-12 10:22:51 AM
2 votes:
And I don't see how this yokel would think this would work for long, the systems I dealt with at a cell carrier (big red logo, rhymes with horizon) had an option for the tracking software to poll the transcievers every so often, and if one didn't connect for a certain length of time, it would notify the appropriate customer. Also had geofencing, upper limits on speed, et cetera. Of course this was back in the mid to late 2000s, don't know what parameters they've got now.
2013-08-12 10:16:43 AM
2 votes:

PunkTiger: What disturbs me most is that an airport utilizing this new Smartpath system can be easily jammed by a sub-100 dollar GPS jammer. What kind of havoc can that cause at any Smartpath airport if it was used specifically for jamming those signals?


It's simple physics.  You put out a radio signal that overwhelms the weak satellite signals, it's going to effect everyone in the area that's using a GPS.

The better solution, if you don't want to be tracked all the time, is to cover the GPS antenna with something metal, like aluminum foil or a wire mesh.  That will block the signal at your receiver without farking it up for everyone else.
2013-08-12 09:08:52 PM
1 votes:

Satyagraha: The idea of attaching one to a balloon...clever thinking citizen


Yeah, I'm funny that way.

Actually, GPS makes balloon-born attacks like the Japaneses tried to do in WWII possible:  You program in the boundaries of all the cities you want to attack, and release the balloon.  When it end up over one of those cities, drop the payload.

Payload doesn't even have to be explosive, really:  From a high enough altitude (like above 60,000 feet), something like a steel rod with one end tapered and small metal fins on the other will do a lot of damage when it hits something, especially if it's gone supersonic, which it should do easily.  Drop a bunch of them sequentially, and well, there you go.  You're bound to hit something.

The other alternative is to make an autonomous GPS guided glider that has some sort of payload.   They are easy enough to make, being essentially model airplanes, and you can put any kind of a payload you want on something like that:  explosive, incendiary, biological, chemical, radiological.

With a 10 to 1 glide ratio, and a release height of 60,000 feet, you'd get a range of over 100 miles in still air.
2013-08-12 03:48:36 PM
1 votes:
CSB time...

In 1994 I personally got to play with one of the Army's first GPS units.

It sucked, was huge and heavy (compared to today's stuff), and was off by a good 30-90 feet when we used it. But for the time, it was mind blowingly awesome.

I can't remember exactly (as this was almost 20 years ago now), but I think this was the model we used:
usarmy.vo.llnwd.net
2013-08-12 03:36:58 PM
1 votes:

Persnickety: Numerous chemicals in your city's water supply.


i745.photobucket.com
2013-08-12 02:08:10 PM
1 votes:

Jument: So here's an idea: the turrists drop cheap jammers into the bushes near as many airports as possible on the same day. Instant chaos for a few thousand bucks with very little risk?


Other than making some mid level cog crap his pants, it won't really effect much.  1) The important GPS systems are the ones on the airplanes, which won't be effected by a jammer located at the airport until the last minute or so of approach.  By that time they should already be well established on the localizer and guideslope, which are not GPS dependant.  And if that fails, there's always the old eyeballs out the window technique:

www.aroundthepattern.com

See the two lights on the left of the runawy?  Those are the PAPI lights.  It's an approach tool.  If you get more red than white, you are too low.  More white than red means you are too high.  Half and half means you are right where you need to be.  If you get to DH on the RA and you don't have the runway in sight to finish the landing visual, you go around.

The only way losing GPS causes havoc is if all the rules get forgotten... or Asiana pilots are flying.
2013-08-12 01:23:27 PM
1 votes:

Satyagraha: $100.00 GPS jammer can disable the multi-million dollar GPS system at an airport...instead of a $30k fine the trucker should have gotten a reward for discovering a major flaw during the systems testing...reading on..."Though the Smartpath system was only being tested at the time Bojczak was intercepted, it has now been installed at Newark(International Airport)."...and will probably end up at other airports and then require multi-million dollar fixes.
/that's our business model
The idea of attaching one to a balloon...clever thinking citizen...now Vhere do you live and Vhere are you papers


See also: Pressure cooker bombs at a race, subway, or the UN.  Numerous chemicals in your city's water supply.  A couple guys with boxcutters on an airplane.  A suicide bomber anywhere.  IEDs in general, also anywhere.

It doesn't take much to put a monkey wrench into the machinery of civilization.
2013-08-12 12:51:29 PM
1 votes:
I might consider it a public service if I was on the way to New Jersey, and someone caused my plane to crash, killing all on board.

Not so much if I was on my way to anywhere else,  though.
2013-08-12 12:27:50 PM
1 votes:

Click Click D'oh: dittybopper: Still gonna have a major problem.  How much AA artillery you know of that can go over 30,000 feet?  Balloons can easily do twice, and perhaps 3 times that much.


img.fark.net 

If only that craft could do something about a location which was launching weather balloons.
2013-08-12 12:00:03 PM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Actually, no, they don't.

Maximum slant range for a Stinger is around 15,000 feet.  At a 45 degree angle, that's a maximum height of around 10,000 feet.  And because balloons tend to be roughly the same temperature as the air surrounding them, seems to me it would be pretty difficult to get a lock on one with an infrared seeker.

Now, it would be relatively easy to target them using an anti-radiation missile, but then you're chasing $200 worth of stuff with a million dollar missile.  I'm willing to bet even the most cash-strapped insurgents could put up more jammers (if they deemed it necessary) then the US could send missiles.


Don't worry, there's a more traditional App for it:

www.navweaps.com


And for the people worried this will could take down planes.  No.  This system is to help separate traffic flows and optimize approaches so that traffic can be handled more smoothly than traditional measures.  There are however still plenty of tools in the bag that keep bad things from happening, like the TCAS system to keep birds from going bump in the night and radar altimeters barometric altimeters, INS, ILS, VORs & NDBs to keep them on course with positive altitude.  Pilots have been aviating long before GPS and will keep on doing so if it fails.  This reminds me of the people that thought planes were going to start falling out of the skies on Y2K, as if Bernoulli's Principle had an expiration date...
2013-08-12 11:43:13 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: hardinparamedic: dittybopper: Fubini: No, the military uses regular GPS technology, but their signal is encrypted so they know the signal is authentic. That's it.

You could still overwhelm it with a $100 GPS jammer on a $50 weather balloon.

Don't worry. They have an app for that.

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Actually, no, they don't.

Maximum slant range for a Stinger is around 15,000 feet.  At a 45 degree angle, that's a maximum height of around 10,000 feet.  And because balloons tend to be roughly the same temperature as the air surrounding them, seems to me it would be pretty difficult to get a lock on one with an infrared seeker.

Now, it would be relatively easy to target them using an anti-radiation missile, but then you're chasing $200 worth of stuff with a million dollar missile.  I'm willing to bet even the most cash-strapped insurgents could put up more jammers (if they deemed it necessary) then the US could send missiles.



Which explains alot about the United State's problems in one succinct statement.
2013-08-12 11:41:12 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Hey, I wasn't in the jamming business, I was in the interception business.  Everything I know about it, I know from open sources.


Think again: ECM platforms have Morse keys.
2013-08-12 11:38:26 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: You could still overwhelm it with a $100 GPS jammer on a $50 weather balloon.


I think the idea above was that you could use a phased array to make a jam-resistant GPS reciever. It would be... impractical, to say the least. Impossible maybe. The GPS signal is just SO weak. It's the weakest signal expressed on Wikipedia's dBm chart.

You would need incredibly precise antennas and directioning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBm
2013-08-12 11:22:48 AM
1 votes:

HairBolus: So he is trying to mess with one of the "legit" businesses of the Mafia?


Worse.  Union!

chevydeuce: You're saying there's no engineering work involved in paving?


Tilcon is primarily known for their paving and quarries.  It's like describing a hospital as a restaurant because they have a cafeteria.
2013-08-12 11:20:30 AM
1 votes:
Jamming is old news. Now people are actively spoofing the signals to send auto-navigation systems off course.
2013-08-12 11:15:56 AM
1 votes:

kd1s: There's a much easier way to do it, and it doesn't involve jamming. Just build a mini Faraday cage. The grounding will be tricky though - the car ground may work but a drag chain might help too.

Place the GPS antenna and receiver in said Faraday cage. Problem solved.


You don't have to ground the faraday cage.

Wrap the antenna with foil.  Problem solved.  No RF is going to penetrate, especially not at the weak signal levels we're talking about.  A faraday cage only needs to be grounded for things like lighting protection purposes.  If you merely want to block RF, it doesn't have to be grounded.
2013-08-12 11:12:50 AM
1 votes:
Gary Bojczak may have thought this a sound investment. For, as CBS New York reports, he admitted to investigators that he put one in the truck he drove on behalf of an engineering company called Tilcon.

Author fail.  Tilcon isn't an engineering company.

They the largest/one of the largest asphalt paving companies in NJ and the biggest aggregate producers in the state.  Their paving division is massive, they own a shiatload of quarries, sand pits, asphalt plants, plus they do some bridge work.
2013-08-12 11:07:39 AM
1 votes:
Our drivers think that the vans have GPS trackers on them. They don't. It all stems from one of our old drivers sleeping in the parking lots of our clients in the van. We have some great video with close ups of him knocked out on the clock every day. The first time we wrote him up and warned him the 2nd time he got fired. But he was better the second time he parked behind a dumpster at the warehouse, but missed the giant bubble cam there.
2013-08-12 10:58:14 AM
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: Is that for real?


Yes it is. A nerd neighbor with a chip on his shoulder can be dangerous.

hacknmod.com
2013-08-12 10:53:16 AM
1 votes:

Matthew Keene: PaLarkin: One exception would be microwave ovens.

[www.bugsweeps.com image 570x326]


WTF.

Is that for real?
2013-08-12 10:53:09 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: The Slush: dittybopper: The better solution, if you don't want to be tracked all the time, is tocover the GPS antenna with something metal, like aluminum foil or a wire mesh be a trustworthy employee who doesn't spend all day at strip clubs while on the clock.

Even if you are a trustworthy employee who doesn't spend all day at strip clubs while on the clock, you may not really want to be tracked.  Especially if you get dinged for things like going a bit over the speed limit in order to make a scheduled delivery on time, or because you don't want your boss to know you've got an overactive bladder and need to take frequent piss breaks, or because you simply have an aversion to being micromanaged, which is why you became a driver in the first place, so you don't have a boss looking over your shoulder the whole time.


The other side of that is when my office gets a call from some pissed off ratepayer (govt entity here) saying they saw vehicle #234 going "at least 90mph down Highway 80, almost blew me off the road when he passed me, while talking on his cell phone and sucking on a bong while an underage hooker rimmed his asshole", I can immediately call up vehicle #234 and see that vehicle has actually been parked at one of our satellite yards for the last 4 days and the top speed we have recorded for it in the last two weeks has been 57mph and it has not been on Highway 80 in that same time period.
With that information, I can politely tell the caller to go fark themselves and please call again if they have any further complaints.

People may not like being tracked, but it saves their ass as often as it kicks it....
2013-08-12 10:46:38 AM
1 votes:

durbnpoisn: I must say, though...  It's impressive that that jammer has such a range that it extended as far as the control tower.  We're talking hundreds of yards from the TP.  And what I REALLY want to know is, if he was jamming everything, how the hell did they figure out that it was HIM doing it.  He must have been driving at 75mph, and was probably only in the vicinity for a minute or so.


Most of these jammers operate on the principle of spewing garbage into the RF spectrum as powerfully as they can. Radio waves travel a significant distance, and in the case of GPS you're talking about drowning out a fantastically tiny signal: about -130dBm. They run about 100-200 attowatts, or equivalently about 10,000,000,000,000 less powerful than a milliwatt radio signal. GPS/Cell phone jammers can generate signals in excess of a whole watt.

So to answer your question: the GPS jammer likely spews a tremendous amount of interference into the area, which would be detectable over some distance. Given that you're overwhelming a signal that is literally trillions of times less powerful, his single GPS jammer could likely disrupt any GPS reciever for miles (given appropriate line-of-sight). In the terms of RF spectrum, he had the equivalent of lighthouse on his truck, it's not surprising he got caught.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBm
2013-08-12 10:44:23 AM
1 votes:
durbnpoisn:

I must say, though...  It's impressive that that jammer has such a range that it extended as far as the control tower.  We're talking hundreds of yards from the TP.  And what I REALLY want to know is, if he was jamming everything, how the hell did they figure out that it was HIM doing it.  He must have been driving at 75mph, and was probably only in the vicinity for a minute or so.

They probably did not catch him on his first pass.  The airport probably notified the FCC that there was intermittent disruption in service and so the FCC sent out a crew with radio direction finders to look for the source.  It's fairly easy to triangulate, but probably still required a little smart detective work.

As for the tower, the Smartpath system likely only involves the tower from a management standpoint.  It's a precision ILS system, so it probably has broadcast points located at key parts of the approach paths.  They wouldn't necessarily install anything in the tower itself.  I'm not about to Google how it works because I don't need the NSA knocking on my door.
2013-08-12 10:40:22 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: Towermonkey: And I don't see how this yokel would think this would work for long, the systems I dealt with at a cell carrier (big red logo, rhymes with horizon) had an option for the tracking software to poll the transcievers every so often, and if one didn't connect for a certain length of time, it would notify the appropriate customer. Also had geofencing, upper limits on speed, et cetera. Of course this was back in the mid to late 2000s, don't know what parameters they've got now.

"Honestly, I have no idea why the system didn't work, maybe there is a funky connection somewhere that only jars loose during movement, or maybe only when it's hot".


Lol when I did tech support I can't tell you how many phones/telemetry gadgets were exhaustively analyzed (and I mean really thoroughly tested) and sent back with a big yellow No Trouble Found sticker on them.

Also, when Big Red rolled out the Chaperone GPS feature for phones, I couldn't tell you how many times I had people questioning me on EXACTLY how the system worked so they could try to spy on kids, loved ones, etc. Ugh. Made my head hurt. Glad I am out of that game now.
2013-08-12 10:38:59 AM
1 votes:
StoPPeRmobile:They should ban it. That way no one will do it. Profit!

Yeah. Laws don't serve any purpose because people still break them. We need to throw out the entire USC! Goodbye any regulation! Yay libertarian paradise!

www.dripmagazine.com
2013-08-12 10:31:55 AM
1 votes:

durbnpoisn: Snarfangel: So Bojczak was fined $31,875 on Friday. And, yes, he was also fired for his misdirection.

Putting a GPS jammer in a company vehicle? Yeah, that sounds like grounds for automatic firing. If you don't want your employer to track you, drive your own truck.


Well, even then, you still have to be accountable for your wherabouts.  If for no other reason that you will presumably be charging by the mile for the usage of your vehicle.
Still, this seems like an excessive fine.  It's not like this guy did anything intentional to disrupt the airport.

I must say, though...  It's impressive that that jammer has such a range that it extended as far as the control tower.  We're talking hundreds of yards from the TP.  And what I REALLY want to know is, if he was jamming everything, how the hell did they figure out that it was HIM doing it.  He must have been driving at 75mph, and was probably only in the vicinity for a minute or so.

//Lando:  How can they be jaming us if they don't know that...  That we're coming?  Break off the attack!  All craft pull up!!


If you radiate, they can find you.  And if you radiate constantly, really all they have to do to figure out who it is that is causing the temporary outages is to put a receiver keyed up to a video camera that records who is going by.  Have it store images from the very peak of the interference.

Then, all you have to do is look for the one vehicle that shows up in most or all of the images.

Either that, or just use basic radio direction finding techniques like those used by military intelligence, the FCC, and ham radio operators.  It's easy enough to do that I had some 8, 9 and 10 year old kids finding a hidden transmitter with a simple hand-held antenna from half a mile away.
2013-08-12 10:29:14 AM
1 votes:

Snarfangel: So Bojczak was fined $31,875 on Friday. And, yes, he was also fired for his misdirection.

Putting a GPS jammer in a company vehicle? Yeah, that sounds like grounds for automatic firing. If you don't want your employer to track you, drive your own truck.

On the other hand, an airport charged with landing airplanes worth hundreds of millions of dollars would seem to warrant having a system that can't be blocked with a $100 jammer.


Any system that relies on RF energy for communications can be interfered with.  That includes GPS, cell phones, tv, and so on.  One exception would be microwave ovens.  The guy would have gotten away with it much longer if he had used a jammer that didn't have such a large coverage area.  All he would have needed is a jammer that would cover the truck.  He didn't need one that had a range of a few hundred yards.
2013-08-12 10:28:20 AM
1 votes:

PunkTiger: What disturbs me most is that an airport utilizing this new Smartpath system can be easily jammed by a sub-100 dollar GPS jammer. What kind of havoc can that cause at any Smartpath airport if it was used specifically for jamming those signals?


The system only works because everyone plays by the rules. A radio signal from a satellite in orbit will spread over a large portion of the earth's surface, and it only has one tiny antenna powered by a solar array. You can't install a 1000-watt broadcasting tower on every GPS satellite, it's not physically possible.

An analogy: the GPS receiver has the job of listening for a what is barely a whisper. The GPS receiver just isn't going to be able to do that unless everyone agrees that they're going to be very, very quiet. A jammer is the equivalent of a guy walking into the quiet room playing an instrument.

Rest assured: the airport has SOME contingency plan in place, just in case the GPS stops working (which they can and do all the time... GPS is weak enough to be drowned out by solar activity, on occasion). But you can be sure that contingency isn't as safe or as comfortable as the GPS solution. Pilots are still trained to do things manually in the event that everything hits the fan, but you couldn't pay me enough money to be on that thing.
2013-08-12 10:26:09 AM
1 votes:

Snarfangel: So Bojczak was fined $31,875 on Friday. And, yes, he was also fired for his misdirection.

Putting a GPS jammer in a company vehicle? Yeah, that sounds like grounds for automatic firing. If you don't want your employer to track you, drive your own truck.



Well, even then, you still have to be accountable for your wherabouts.  If for no other reason that you will presumably be charging by the mile for the usage of your vehicle.
Still, this seems like an excessive fine.  It's not like this guy did anything intentional to disrupt the airport.

I must say, though...  It's impressive that that jammer has such a range that it extended as far as the control tower.  We're talking hundreds of yards from the TP.  And what I REALLY want to know is, if he was jamming everything, how the hell did they figure out that it was HIM doing it.  He must have been driving at 75mph, and was probably only in the vicinity for a minute or so.

//Lando:  How can they be jaming us if they don't know that...  That we're coming?  Break off the attack!  All craft pull up!!
2013-08-12 10:25:07 AM
1 votes:
I would think the way to go would be with a faraday cage.
2013-08-12 10:22:47 AM
1 votes:

HAMMERTOE: You mean, Die Hard II could actually happen?


Yes, absolutely. But instead of planes crashing, the planes would be mildly inconvenienced.
2013-08-12 10:22:43 AM
1 votes:

PandaPorn: karmaceutical: What the fark point was he trying to prove by jamming his employers GPS?

Maybe his boss was a member of the Tea Party and he wanted to show his lack of intelligence to impress him/her.


I hope you stretched before doing that much over reaching into derp.
2013-08-12 10:19:39 AM
1 votes:

Snarfangel: So Bojczak was fined $31,875 on Friday. And, yes, he was also fired for his misdirection.

Putting a GPS jammer in a company vehicle? Yeah, that sounds like grounds for automatic firing. If you don't want your employer to track you, drive your own truck.

On the other hand, an airport charged with landing airplanes worth hundreds of millions of dollars would seem to warrant having a system that can't be blocked with a $100 jammer.


That should be the real story here, and I wish they went more in depth on how much trouble it actually caused them. Were people at risk? Could you plant a few of those around the airport and get planes to run into each other? Seems insane how much we pay for airport security just to be able to shut the whole thing down for under $100
gja [TotalFark]
2013-08-12 10:19:24 AM
1 votes:
www.stripersonline.com

I hope they make an example of this azzhole.
2013-08-12 10:19:11 AM
1 votes:
Surprised he wasn't visited by Homeland Security

and / or

Hey boss. Where's my paycheck?
I dunno. Someone must have a paycheck jammer installed.
2013-08-12 10:17:58 AM
1 votes:

Lt_Ryan: Snarfangel: On the other hand, an airport charged with landing airplanes worth hundreds of millions of dollars would seem to warrant having a system that can't be blocked with a $100 jammer.

You are aware of how GPS works and how weak the signals actually are? There is a reason that we have laws restricting broadcasting.


Not to mention this isn't something that, had it failed, would result in planes falling out of the sky or something.
2013-08-12 10:15:30 AM
1 votes:

Snarfangel: So Bojczak was fined $31,875 on Friday. And, yes, he was also fired for his misdirection.

Putting a GPS jammer in a company vehicle? Yeah, that sounds like grounds for automatic firing. If you don't want your employer to track you, drive your own truck.

On the other hand, an airport charged with landing airplanes worth hundreds of millions of dollars would seem to warrant having a system that can't be blocked with a $100 jammer.


The Chinese jammers I've encountered spew about a watt of noise at and significantly above and below L1 and L2 GPS frequencies. This will totally obliterate the milliwatt signal being received by any GPS receiver.
2013-08-12 10:12:42 AM
1 votes:
What disturbs me most is that an airport utilizing this new Smartpath system can be easily jammed by a sub-100 dollar GPS jammer. What kind of havoc can that cause at any Smartpath airport if it was used specifically for jamming those signals?
2013-08-12 10:06:46 AM
1 votes:
Oh god. He's managed to piss ofF the FAA and the FCC?

Their methods are unspeakable.

i.cdn.turner.com

/fignuts!
2013-08-12 10:05:01 AM
1 votes:
Jam trifecta in play!!!
 
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