July 25th, 2022
It might be a bit mystifying to some as to why someone might want to jam a GPS signal. However, there are those with a particular need for privacy, be it to massage their paranoia, keep law enforcement from engaging in warrantless car tracking, take an unauthorized lunchbreak with a GPS enabled company car, or a teenager not wanting their parents to track their GPS phone. Whether this is all legal or not is an entirely other question.
The basic purpose of a GPS signal jammer is to prevent GPS loggers from either receiving satellite signals, or sending signals back to their base station. Now, chances are, any GPS you will have contact with use the radio frequency set aside from civilian use.
The GPS signal jammer works by sending out its own signal on the same frequency as the GPS unit, a noisy signal that prevents it from receiving or transmitting any useful information. There are a number of types of noise signals it can send; some call for a narrowband Gaussian signal, others for a simple continuous wave.
GPS signal jammers come in a variety of designs, each suited for slightly different uses. The first, and most popular model to hit the mainstream market was one that plugs into the cigarette lighter of a car, effectively disrupting the signal for a 15 foot radius. Not enough to disrupt signals from other cars, but enough to keep you in a cone of GPS jamming silence.
Of course, terrorists fighting on the ground in Afghanistan and other countries also make use of GPS signal jammers, some Russian made.
However, just because you have a GPS signal jammer doesn’t mean you still can’t be tracked. The models intended for cars, for instance, only work while the car and thus the GPS jammers is powered on. And you can still be tracked by your mobile phone’s own signals if you don’t take precautions.
Add precisejammers to your subscriptions feedprecisejammers
To notify a previous commenter, mention their user name:
@peter-smith if there are spaces.