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Radar jammers hurting Maine responders' efforts

Assistant chief: Problem is mainly affecting transmissions of certain individuals in fire, rescue crews

BY Edward D. Murphy
The Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — Someone has been intermittently jamming radio transmissions of fire and rescue departments in southern Maine for the past few months, but on Sunday, Jason Cole said, the problem escalated sharply.

Cole, the assistant chief of Lebanon's rescue department, said he went on a medical call shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday. When he arrived at the house, it was clear the person was in worse shape that he had thought, so he got on the radio to call for another ambulance with advanced life support equipment and more emergency medical technicians.

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Andrew P Spencer Andrew P Spencer Thursday, April 26, 2012 5:53:55 PM The quickest way to track down the source and the culprit would be to ask the local radio hams to help.
Galen Price Galen Price Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:16:50 PM The editor should learn the difference between "radio" and "radar".
Jon Blum Jon Blum Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:41:18 PM the kennebec journal is not known as the most reputable hub of information for mainers. This actually printed a week after 3 other news papers and news broadcasts had stories with more information and the correct terminology.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:58:48 PM The perp will be found. The FCC monitors get the same page that the FD gets every time just a couple minutes before he transmits. He is easy to profile. He may have a commercial or amateur license with an address on it. We used to find these bums with a lot less technology 40 years ago.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:03:23 PM "Radio"...not "Radar" Source:
Brian Ennis Brian Ennis Friday, April 27, 2012 5:52:57 AM Why would Chief share this with the media? It lets this loser know the hunt is active. Let him think he's safe to keep playing... then burn his ass.
Richard Berger Richard Berger Friday, April 27, 2012 2:32:00 PM Re the jamming of Emergency responder's radios in Maine: There is old-school technology available to find illegal operators, and newer stuff that I can only guess at. Finding the illegal transmitter is only a matter of time, and it won't just be the Amateur Radio Service (aka HAMs) looking for this misguided fool, as the CBers and Scannists (radio monitoring for fun) will join the search. As both an EMT, and a Registered Monitoring/Short Wave Listening "Station, known as WPC2SC and KNY2SC, I know that this idiot will be caught.
Richard Berger Richard Berger Friday, April 27, 2012 3:15:48 PM Arleen Everett : When you used to dispatch, didn't we have some jerk, possibly in or near Chinatown, jamming the Manhattan South frequency, claiming to be "God"?
Richard C Nix Richard C Nix Saturday, April 28, 2012 8:59:13 AM Look first at neighboring "competing" depts or disgruntled ex-employees.

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