Jack Gerritsen Arrested

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    United States Courthouse
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    Los Angeles, California 90012

    From a May 5, 2005 PRESS RELEASE


    Los Angeles, CA - A Bell, California man who was convicted five years ago of interfering with police radio transmissions was arrested this morning on federal charges of "jamming" radio frequencies being used by the United States military, the United States Coast Guard, and other law enforcement and public safety agencies.

    Jack Gerritsen, 68, was arrested without incident at his residence by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who received the support of the Federal Communications Commission. Gerritson is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

    The Federal Communications Commission has been investigating illegal radio transmissions linked to Gerritsen for the past four years. According to a criminal complaint filed in this case, an FCC investigation revealed that Gerritsen "often transmits his prerecorded political messages, and real-time harassment and profanity, for hours at a time, often making it impossible for licensed radio operators to use the public frequencies."

    Five years ago, Gerritsen was convicted in state court of interfering with a police radio frequency, and he was sentenced to 38 months in prison. Gerritsen was released from prison on July 28, 2003, and soon after the FCC began receiving complaints about his activity on the airwaves, according to the complaint. Because of his continued unlawful radio transmissions, the FCC issued three "notices of apparent liability for forfeiture" for a total of $52,000.

    The FCC has received complaints concerning Gerrisens activities from Ham radio operators and various agencies, including the military, the Coast Guard, local police departments and the American Red Cross. The complaint specifically alleges that Gerritsen:

    - interfered with, or jammed, a radio frequency being used by the Bell Gardens Police Department on November 6, 2003;
    - interfered with a radio frequency being used by the Los Angeles City Fire Department Auxiliary Communications during a training exercise on July 24, 2004;
    - interfered with a Coast Guard Auxiliary amateur operator, who was assisting the Coast Guard during a search and rescue operation on October 29, 2004;
    - interfered with American Red Cross radio transmissions on January 14, 2005, while the agency was preparing for disaster relief operations at the Prado Dam; and
    - caused the cancellation of Army Reserve homeland security training events on March 10, 2005 when he interfered with the Military Affiliate Radio System.

    A criminal complaint filed Wednesday afternoon charges Gerritsen with a felony charge of malicious interference with a communications system operated by the United States and a misdemeanor count of transmitting radio signals without a license. The two charges carry a potential penalty of 11 years in federal prison.

    An criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which received substantial assistance from the Federal Communications Commission.

    Release No. 05-070
  2. N7MK

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    Couldn't have happened to a more deserving individual. Just too bad it was so long in the making.

  3. KJ5T

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    Wonderful News.. sounds like this guy has been causing troubles everywhere. Glad that they are going to put a stop to it. I don't see anyway this guy can possibly walk free.
  4. W6EM

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    Glad you posted this promptly, Fred.

    Jack is a pathetic example of a few who have gone over the edge.

    I would hope that the Federal District Judge or Judge Magistrate who presides over his araignment denies bail, since Gerritsen has amply demonstrated that even after jail time, orders to not possess radio transmitting equipment, etc., that he clearly would continue incessant jamming.

    Although his equipment was ostensibly confiscated by the FBI, all of us know how easily he could obtain more.

    This guy needs a few years in the cooler.  I'm not sure if 11 would be enough.......

    There's more on this on theARRL homepage.

  5. KV4DZ

    KV4DZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Glad they busted this fellow, before he crashed a plane or stopped a medical transport.

    one time a man,....Twice a child.
  6. W5NL

    W5NL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good news. Put him away.

    Next job: K1MAN
  7. KD7WHQ

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    Alrighty then!

    This news made my day [​IMG]
  8. KD5PMU

    KD5PMU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great News Maybe Just Maybe that will give all these other jerks and ya'll know who yall are.
    The Ones Interfering with Ham Radio communications Military communications and public service Comms something to think about The next time they decide to get thier thrills.
    Excellent Job by the FBI FCC and all others involved There just is no room for interference harrasment on the FCC licensed radio frequencies by anyone Zero Tolerance as far as thata goes.Again Great Job Done By The FBI & The FCC.
  9. N7SPY

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    Normally I don't like to wish evil and mean things to people...

    ... but, based on what I've read about Mr. Gerritsen and how much dishonor he has brought to the hobby, I'll make an exception.

    I'm dying to find out how Mr. Gerritsen manages to get out of this one.
  10. W6EM

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    OK, then, how about applying this same logic to BPL operators. When notified that they are generating harmful interference to licensed communications, make them cease and desist or throw them in jail as well, since once notified they are no longer incidental interferers.

    Gerritsen is a single source. Imagine what BPL's going to do to low band VHF public safety; VHF TV channels 2-6; maritime and aircraft HF, short wave broadcasting, and of course, us........

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