Have Radio, Will Broadcast: Man Taps into Police, Airport Frequencies from Home

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The past months have been an eye-opener for most of us, if only for the fact that we’ve been forced more inside our homes, having to find new hobbies and activities to occupy all that time we could not use socializing.
But this should never be an option for killing time: one man from Köpenick, near Berlin, Germany was arrested this week, following reports that he had been using a radio for the past six months to contact passenger and transport aircraft. He was also able to tap into the frequency of the helicopter of the state and federal police. A subsequent raid by the police at his apartment in Lindenstrasse caught him in the act, using two different radios for the illegal communication.

According to a statement by the Berlin Polizei, the man’s transmissions “over time seemed more and more professional,” which could have caused “dangerous flight maneuvers.” Luckily, they did not. In fact, the police say that the man’s interference caused no damage, though it must have surely caused plenty of frustrations. The statement doesn’t offer a possible motive behind the man’s illegal communications, nor details their exact nature.

The 32-year-old man was arrested and released, but the investigation is ongoing. Police confiscated as evidence the two radios, with charges pending at the end of it. The arrest was a joint effort by the Federal Police (flight service and technical reconnaissance) and the Federal Network Agency, as per the same statement.

Considering that no accident or incident resulted from this, we can laugh and wonder at this man’s strange way of making social-distancing a bit more fun. That said, other hobbies would have provided a comparable adrenaline kick, from off-roading to taking up biking. Heck, even sourdough baking can deliver the thrills if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it would have come at no expense in terms of taxpayers’ money and the police’s time.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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