Sunday, October 6, 2013
Amateur Radio Operator Arrested for Impersonating a Police Office
News of the death of an Indianapolis police officer shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute made headlines all last week. But, on the afternoon of his funeral another man in uniform stole the headlines. As law enforcement officers, friends, family and media gathered at the cemetery another man in blue was arrested for impersonating a police officer.
As it turns out these two men had more in common than first thought. They are both Indianapolis based Amateur Radio Operators. Arrested is 38 year old Minh Nguyen, callsign KB9WDY. He was arrested as he waited with Westside residents and other police officers as the miles long funeral procession neared the west side district headquarters when deceased officer Rod Bradway was assigned.
Rod Bradway was killed last week while attempting to save a woman and her child from an armed domestic partner. Bradways Amateur Radio call sign is KC9PFW. Authorities don’t believe the two men knew each other. The police badge and uniform was the common link to this sad commentary.
According to the arrest report, Police say Nguyen was taking photographs from a black 2012 Dodge Charger equipped with a siren, flashing lights and a two-way radio. Police found an AR 15 rifle in his car and later found guns, police uniforms and police equipment at his the home.
Police say he has had prior arrests on similar and other unusual behavior. The report said Nguyen also had “property stolen from the city of Indianapolis,” including property room slips and envelopes that the public does not have access to.
Minh Nguyen faces felony charges of impersonating a public servant and theft, which carries a sentence of six months to three years in prison. A conviction could also lead to revocation of his Amateur Radio license by the FCC if they choose to review the case.
Reporting from Indianapolis, this is Jack Parker W8ISH.
HOW TO READ PROPAGATION NUMBERS
The A index [ LOW is GOOD ]
- 1 to 6 is BEST
- 7 to 9 is OK
- 11 or more is BAD
Represents the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Ap" if averaged from the Kp-Index) (an average of the eight 3-hour K-Indices) ('A' referring to amplitude) over a given 24 hour period, ranging (linearly) typically from 1-100 but theoretically up to 400.
A lower A-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Ap-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.
SFI index [ HIGH is GOOD ]
- 70 NOT GOOD
- 80 GOOD
- 90 BETTER
- 100+ BEST
The measure of total radio emissions from the sun at 10.7cm (2800 MHz), on a scale of 60 (no sunspots) to 300, generally corresponding to the sunspot level, but being too low in energy to cause ionization, not related to the ionization level of the Ionosphere.
Higher Solar Flux generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; Solar Flux rarely affects the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.
K index [ LOW is GOOD ]
- 0 or 1 is BEST
- 2 is OK
- 3 or more is BAD
- 5 is VERY VERY BAD
The overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Kp" if averaged over the planet) over the past 3 hours, measured by 13 magnetometers between 46 & 63 degrees of latitude, and ranging quasi-logarithmically from 0-9. Designed to detect solar particle radiation by its magnetic effect. A higher K-index generally means worse HF conditions.
A lower K-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Kp-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.
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