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Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:

from LAWFUEL on September 18, 2006
Website: http://lawfuel.com/show-release.asp?ID=8294
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Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006

LAWFUEL - Law News, Law Jobs - A Bell, California man who was convicted of interfering with radio frequencies being used by the United States military, the United States Coast Guard and other public safety organizations was sentenced this afternoon to 84 months in federal prison.

Jack Gerritsen, 70, received the seven-year sentenced from United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who commented on the seriousness of interfering with radio frequencies used by public safety organizations and the fact that Gerritsen was a repeat offender.

Following a 3½-day trial last December, Gerritsen was found guilty of a felony charge of malicious interference with a communications system operated by the United States. He was also found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of willful or malicious interference with radio communications and three misdemeanor counts of transmitting radio signals without a license.

The Federal Communications Commission investigated illegal radio transmissions linked to Gerritsen for four years. According to court documents filed in this case, the FCC investigation revealed that Gerritsen transmitted prerecorded messages, as well as real-time harassment and profanity, for hours at a time, often making it impossible for licensed radio operators to use the public frequencies.

In 2000, Gerritsen was convicted in state court of interfering with the radio communications of the California Highway Patrol, and he was sentenced to one years in prison. After he was released from custody, Gerritsen applied for and received an amateur radio license from the FCC. Within a week, after the FCC realized it had given a license to someone convicted of interfering with public safety radio frequencies, the agency set aside the license.

The FCC has received complaints concerning Gerrisen’s activities from Ham radio operators and various agencies, including the military, the Coast Guard, local police departments and the American Red Cross. The evidence presented at trial showed that Gerritsen: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 involving the Prado Dam; and caused the cancellation of an Army Reserve homeland security training exercise on March 10, 2005 when he interfered with the United States Army Military Affiliate Radio System transmitted over amateur radio frequencies without a valid license on three separate occasions in 2003 and 2004 Gerritsen, who represented himself at trial, has been in custody since his conviction last year.

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

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Lamar W. Baker (213) 894-0627

Release No. 06-122

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Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by W1YW on September 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Justice has been served.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by W2IRT on September 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Maybe, if we're really lucky, he'll get a new cellmate - K1MAN. Put 'em in the Don Miller Wing of the Maria Theresa Cell Block.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by N4MJG on September 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
about time !


73
jackie
kg4orx
 
Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by AG4RQ on September 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
His sentence is 7 years. How much of this sentence is he really going to serve?
 
Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by KH6DC on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
It's about time lids are being prosecuted and sent to jail.
 
Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by WA0TJT on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Anyone know what his excuse is? Why was he doing this in the first place, I can't fathom someone just causing trouble for no reason.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by KG2V on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
It's a Federal Term - No parole
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by W6EM on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I hope he gets examined by a psychiatrist at some point in his brief period behind bars. The guy has loose marbles and should be attended to.

Although, he's probably going to get to stay at a place like Lompoc or Pleasanton (like Michael Milken) They're reportedly like college campuses. Actually, it would be cool if he were sent to Leavenworth, though. Just to look at that place from the outside gives one the creeps.

Sadly, the only felony he was convicted of was interfering with a federal telecommunications facility.
All of the other stuff on the amateur bands, and even public safety channels, were misdemeanors. Five hundred dollar fine stuff.

With all the brew-ha-ha about homeland security, it is high time Congress treats malicious interference of ANY FCC-licensed service the same way they've codified malicious mischief of any energy facility: As a felony with serious consequences.

If the ARRL really didn't like what Gerritsen did or what K1MAN was alleged to have done, then where are the calls for making malicious interference a felony? At least for distress and public safety interference.

73,

Lee
W6EM
 
Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by KA3TKZ on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When will the idiots on 14.275MHz get convicted and sentenced?
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by K1CJS on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"With all the brew-ha-ha about homeland security, it is high time Congress treats malicious interference of ANY FCC-licensed service the same way they've codified malicious mischief of any energy facility: As a felony with serious consequences."

If this was done do you have any idea how many of us would probably end up infront of a judge? "Your honor, he's an amateur radio operator and his radios are interfering with my TV......"
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by K4JF on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
[If this was done do you have any idea how many of us would probably end up infront of a judge? "Your honor, he's an amateur radio operator and his radios are interfering with my TV......" ]

Since when did you have to have a license to own a TV? This is US we're talking about, not UK.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by K4JF on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
[His sentence is 7 years. How much of this sentence is he really going to serve?]

I believe the rule is about 80%. This is not a murder case, where you serve 25%.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by THERAGE on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Yippieeeee!!!
 
Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by AC7AP on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Good news! It took way too long to get to this point, but it's good news, just the same.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by W4CNG on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Folks this was a Federal not local, county or state sentence. At Federal you serve all the time with no time off for good behavior. So he will be much older and not wiser when he gets out (if he lasts that long), but who will sell him the next rig just out of prison, with NO check for a license???? I have always been in favor of no license to TX, NO TX radio.

Steve W4CNG
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by KC8VWM on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
... Gee, he seemed like such a nice guy. He always waved and said hello to the neighbors, the mailman and even the FCC and everything.

 
Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by K0ZN on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!

The sad fact is the system is still WAY too easy on these and other radio "perps". THAT is exactly why the kind of junk we hear on the air goes on....because they have absolutely no respect or fear for the FCC and its rules.

It is nice to see this action, but it is just a drop in the bucket relative to the number of people who SHOULD be prosecuted.

But, not to worry... the FCC *APPROVED* BPL noise will cover a lot of them up in the future.....

73, K0ZN
 
Good Luck in Prison  
by K7LA on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Under federal guidelines, he'll serve a minimum of 90% of the time imposed.
 
Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by K2PI on September 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Woohoo! Different kind of jamming ahead for Jack! This is no substitute for the often-fantasized ability to send a signal that causes the offending rig to blow up, but I'll take it.

73.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by K4RAF on September 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
So this is what it takes to be "removed" from the air, licensed or not?

Jeeves, I guess the jammers on HF, with licenses but never give their calls, have nothing to worry about...
 
Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by NN8B on September 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
The sad thing about this is Amateur Radio is getting the bad press from it. Just because he held an FCC issued license for a short time, he is forever tagged as a ham.

I use Google alerts for Ham Radio and I am starting to see articles such as "Ham Radio Operator Convicted of Jamming".

There is, unfortunatly, no way to counter such headlines.

Don, NN8B
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by K6LCS on September 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
>>...It's a Federal Term - No parole...

That's a silly statement. The conditions of his two-year parole were well spelled-out.

Seven year sentence...does he get "credit" for time served?

Is there anyone who truly knows the system, and whether or not he will be serving more than 50% of this sentence?

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
 
Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by WL7CMG on September 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I can see "staying young at heart".......but at 70 I think he took "playing" WAY too literal.....hi.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by VE3ESC on September 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Well here in Canada you typically get 2 to 1 or sometimes 3 to 1. The theory is because a) you spent that time in jail while "innocent" and b) the jails are over crowded.

A buddy of mine got into some hot water in a domestic dispute. The first night in jail he was put into a single person solitary confinement cell with another inmate because there was "no room at the inn" so to speak.

The next day he was under lockdown because too many guards called in sick.

His charges were later dropped but he would have gotten at least a week or more worth of time knocked off his sentence for his pre-trial time.

Oh, and his very first phone call that he was allowed to make was AFTER he was let out on bail!!!
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by W7COM on September 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
" His sentence is 7 years. How much of this sentence is he really going to serve?"

In federal he'll get up to 53 days a year "good-time". I guess that he'll serve his time at Lompoc FPC.
 
Jack Gerritsen, Ex-KG6IRO Sentenced:  
by N9HNO on September 25, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Good luck Jack with your new honey,(BIG BUBBA)AKA THE SCREWDRIVER INSTALLER. Now radio stations are not the only thing being JAMMED.HAVE FUN ON YOUR HONEYMOON. P.S. DONT FORGET THE COAX SEAL.
 
RE: Jack Gerritsen Sentenced:  
by W9WHE-II on September 26, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You know, its NOT Jack's fault. Don't balme Jack. Its "society's fault".
Jack is just a "victim" of the evils of society. Its all George Bush's fault! What Jack needs is a warm ,loving, supportive enviornment where he will get lots of free counseling, free healthcare, free meals, free cable TV, and other government benifits.






 
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