Complaints about random use of GPS jammer

The FCC announced that it had arrested a driver of the Ford F-150 pickup truck at the airport on August 4, 2012 for using a gps jammer and imposed a fine of $ 32,000. ” On August 3, the FAA filed a complaint of interference.

Pilot Gary P. Bojczak was caught by a New York City law enforcement agent who patrolled the airport with a directional sniffer. The FCC claims that Bojczak “admits that he owns and uses radio transmission equipment that blocks GPS transmissions. Mr. Bojczak claims that interference equipment has been installed and used in the company’s vehicles to prevent Bojczak from voluntarily returning the jammer to FCC agents.

So far, there hasn’t been much collateral damage related to GPS interference, but there are concerns that the use of technology may have unexpected effects.

“The concern is that someone breaking into a truck full of iPhones in Dover could get GPS out of the entire strait-in the fog at night,” Cockshott said. “If this happens, there will be Real risk of collision, loss of life or grounding. ”

The FCC is lucky in this case compared to previous efforts to find GPS jammers near Newark Airport. John Merrill, Homeland Security’s project manager for location, synchronization and navigation, said at a GPS conference in March 2012 that from March to April 2009, the FAA and FCC found another on the New Jersey toll road in 2011. Manual jammer held by truck driver.

“Although there is no need to replace the GPS, it needs to be made more robust. For years, manufacturers of signal-receiving technology have focused too much on sensitivity but not enough flexibility or robustness,” Parkinson said.

“I’m describing a program I call PTA, which means protection, enhancement and enhancement-legal and law enforcement protections have been put in place to prevent someone from intentionally blocking the program, thereby making the GPS receiver more resistant to interference, and then studying the GPS Techniques that can be used as a backup in the event of a blockage. ”

One of these alternative technologies is called eLoran, which is a modern advancement in the use of long-wave radio signals and was first deployed in military operations during World War II. eLoran enables ships and aircraft to determine their position and speed by triangulating low-frequency radio signals emitted by ground beacons.