CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — Late Wednesday night Efraim Okonov (20), a member of the now infamous Shmira, was caught red handed by professional radio technicians as he was driving around in a blue ’96 Crown Victoria and ‘jamming’ Crown Heights Shomrim’s radio frequencies.
Jamming is a term used for when someone transmits an unauthorized transmission over a radio, such as those used by Police, Fire Department and Shomrim, with the intent of interfering with the legitimate transmissions. Radios have the ability to carry just one transmission at a time, thereby locking out any other attempts to broadcast messages.
When a call comes into the Shomrim hotline the dispatcher is dependent on his ability to be able to broadcast the call to the tens of volunteers that are ready to respond. But the dependency on radios does not end there, when executing the call member rely on their ability to intercommunicate amongst themselves, any interference can put an emergency responders life at risk, also endangering those that call for the help.
The persistent jamming began Thursday, April 24th and continued right up to a minute after Shabbos started, and after resting over Shabbos the jamming restarted with even more vigor the moment Shabbos was over.
What was being transmitted varied, it started with telephone tones that went on for hours at a time then switched to scratching sounds, but that wasn’t enough and Okonov switched to broadcasting the radio from stations like z100 and the likes.
The worst was when he played explicit sounds laced with broadcast from a local Christian radio station.
After failing to located and identify the ‘jammer’ on their own, Shomrim enlisted the help of professional radio technicians to scour the area at night, and on the second night they struck gold and got a lock on Okunovs vehicle at Grand Army Plaza.
Once the radio techs identified the source of the last six days torment they woke up a number of the Shomrim coordinators and filled them in with their findings, and asked them how to proceed which they responded with letting him know that he was busted.
After letting Okonov know the jamming came to an immediate halt, and ceased thereafter.
In the haze of sleep Aron Hershkop, one of the coordinators in Shomrim told CrownHeights.info “in all my 15 years as a volunteer in Shomrim, we have been jammed before, but this guy was good” he said “using different tactics, by driving around and using different types of radios and transmitting in different locations in Brooklyn… he tormented us for the past 5 days”