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A Florida Resident Drove Around with a Cellphone Jammer for Two Years Before Being Caught
Yahoo! Tech ^ | May 1, 2014 | Alyssa Bereznak

Posted on 05/01/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT by Timber Rattler

Many states have banned talking on your cellphone while driving, but Florida is not one of them. So 60-year-old vigilante Jason R. Humphreys took matters into his own hands.

As The Tampa Tribune reports, Humphreys brought a cellphone jammer along on his commute every day for two years. You know, to ensure that his fellow commuters remained focused on the road. Until two local sheriff’s deputies caught him in the act and slapped him with $48,000 worth of fines, which he must pay or otherwise respond to within a month.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: cellphone; fcc; jammer
Interesting how the FCC and local LEOs zeroed in on this guy and caught him...
1 posted on 05/01/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Indeed. DHS does not like people messing with their Police drones.


2 posted on 05/01/2014 3:06:19 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Timber Rattler
Idiot should have just activated it when he saw a yapper, not leave it transmitting constantly. Never would have been caught.

Now, that is how I would do it, not saying I have, but, but.......it does work.

3 posted on 05/01/2014 3:09:07 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Timber Rattler

I have to think his range was pretty limited if the antenae was inside the vehicle .


4 posted on 05/01/2014 3:09:08 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: Timber Rattler

Where would one get a cellphone jammer? Ah, you know, just out of curiosity....


5 posted on 05/01/2014 3:09:15 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Timber Rattler

Still, Humphreys kept on jamming for another year until two county sheriff deputies pulled him over. They were able to confirm his use of the cellphone jammer before they even searched his vehicle and found it behind a seat cover. As they approached his SUV, their two-way radios were disconnected from their dispatcher.

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Humphreys is up Obama Creek here. He better lawyer up and hope he can get those fines reduced.


6 posted on 05/01/2014 3:10:45 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Timber Rattler

I’m not even sure if it would improve people’s driving. The typical cell-phone user who texts and talks while driving would probably just shake the phone, open the back, check the battery, put a new one in—all while continuing to drive.


7 posted on 05/01/2014 3:15:46 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Timber Rattler

Kickin’ out the jams.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 3:16:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler
"“You are cutting off any communication for any type of emergency,'' McKinnon said. “You are potentially putting people's lives at risk.”"

So, did the BLM do similar with cell towers around the Bundy Ranch?

9 posted on 05/01/2014 3:20:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Veggie Todd
Where would one get a cellphone jammer? Ah, you know, just out of curiosity....

Internet.

10 posted on 05/01/2014 3:20:51 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Timber Rattler

In the meantime when a person is in an emergency trying to get help .....


11 posted on 05/01/2014 3:21:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I was in Florida for business recently. It seemed every other driver had their cell-phone to their ear.

Cops and Government here in NY have made a big deal about it, and its not seen as often as it once was.

Is it not a ticket-able offense in Florida?


12 posted on 05/01/2014 3:24:48 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Veggie Todd

They are discreetly in use at upscale restaurants and theaters and such. Who wants to listen to jack donkeys on their cell phones when you’re spending hundreds of dollars?

The guy with one in his car isn’t making it safer. It’s making an even bigger distraction as idiots try to figure out why their smart phones quit.


13 posted on 05/01/2014 3:26:10 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Timber Rattler

They sell these at Wal Marts in Florida?


14 posted on 05/01/2014 3:28:50 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Veggie Todd

I’d love to have one of those.


15 posted on 05/01/2014 3:29:46 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: TurboZamboni
According to the article, that's what he thought.

But he got caught when Metro PCS complained on 29 April 2013 that one of their towers was getting jammed every morning and evening. The FCC staked out the highway and identified "strong wideband emissions within the cellular and PCS bands" coming from a certain blue Toyota Highlander. On 9 May, Hillsborough Sheriff deputies busted him.

16 posted on 05/01/2014 3:34:31 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Timber Rattler

When the jammer interferes with a call, the phone addict will then devote even more attention to the phone to try to reestablish the call, and give even less attention to the road.

So, the jammer could very well be the cause of accidents, rather than a way of preventing them.


17 posted on 05/01/2014 3:34:41 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: madprof98
I’d love to have one of those.

If Curtis Reeves had had one of those, maybe he'd only be facing an FCC fine instead of Murder II.

18 posted on 05/01/2014 3:36:42 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Timber Rattler
Interesting how the FCC and local LEOs zeroed in on this guy and caught him...

Perhaps, but he's nothing but a no-good busybody to begin with. IMHO.

19 posted on 05/01/2014 3:38:32 PM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Veggie Todd
I recently saw a Youtube video where a teenager made one out of an old TV remote control. He shorted out some of the wiring and got the thing to broadcast at a frequency that interfered with the cellphone when pressing the channel up/down buttons.

-PJ

20 posted on 05/01/2014 3:39:08 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Paladin2

Clean version, or original version?


21 posted on 05/01/2014 3:41:58 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Humphreys is up Obama Creek here. He better lawyer up and hope he can get those fines reduced.

For years, Charles Clemons operated TOUCH 106.1, a pirate FM station in Boston. In 2008, the FCC hit him with a $17k fine (Bush's fault). He still hasn't paid it, although they did finally get around to raiding him on 18 April. Confiscated all his gear.

22 posted on 05/01/2014 3:53:21 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody
... driving around in Hillsborough county in a Toyota Highlander means the driver has MONEY!
23 posted on 05/01/2014 4:03:30 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: Veggie Todd

lol Exactly.


24 posted on 05/01/2014 4:14:43 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: shibumi; Salamander

Sounds like he was causing chaos for the sake of causing chaos. Eris is pleased.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 4:16:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Any bets he also liked driving the far left lane at or 2 mph below the speed limit to enforce that as well? If they can prove he interfered with anyone’s emergency communications personal or public service he just rack up federal felony counts.


26 posted on 05/01/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: jjotto
Who wants to listen to jack donkeys on their cell phones when you’re spending hundreds of dollars?

Which is one reason it ticks me off that airlines are now allowing people to call while in-flight.

27 posted on 05/01/2014 4:30:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Veggie Todd

Israel sells them online.


28 posted on 05/01/2014 4:32:01 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: Timber Rattler
The author wrote Jamming devices overpower cellphones by transmitting a signal on the same frequency and at a high enough power that the two signals collide and cancel each other out.

He needs a basic understanding of radio and physics. A phone receiver will lock on the strongest signal on the cell phone band. Build a transmitter that is only slightly stronger than the cell tower at the point of reception and the cell phone doesn't work. Saying the signals "collide" is just stupid.

29 posted on 05/01/2014 4:36:11 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Even a 100Mw transmitter (very low wattage) will jam cell phones over several hundred feet. Depends on the distance from the tower.


30 posted on 05/01/2014 4:38:42 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: Veggie Todd

“Where would one get a cellphone jammer? Ah, you know, just out of curiosity....”

Internet - where one can procure a-nee-thing.


31 posted on 05/01/2014 4:39:00 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: Timber Rattler

...and what EXACTLY did he do that was so bad?


32 posted on 05/01/2014 4:55:07 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Timber Rattler

That guy is one sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, prick!


33 posted on 05/01/2014 5:00:16 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: PGR88

I remember while going to work my last two years (I’m now retired), I would many times have to wait a minute or more at a certain red light. If I was the first car waiting for the red light to turn, I would watch the cars with a green light turning in front of me. I would bet one out of five drivers had a cell phone glued to their ear. As they were turning!!!


34 posted on 05/01/2014 5:39:25 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Ben Mugged

I hope you mean 100 mW :)


35 posted on 05/01/2014 9:47:39 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Timber Rattler
Federal law prohibits importing, marketing, sale, possession or using these types of wireless signal jamming devices, in part because it’s unsafe for people who need to make 911 calls.

You can see just how radically the US Government has departed from the Constitution. The issue for them is "safety" which is the first refuge of tyranny.

The fact is this is a personal property issue. Better to have the cell companies, other drivers affected and other private property holders sue the guy. It should be illegal why?

36 posted on 05/04/2014 2:04:13 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: doorgunner69

Agree with you, his rote rather than random usage pattern got him discovered.


37 posted on 05/04/2014 2:07:36 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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