I know Alan usually puts this kind of stuff up, but I found this today on the BBC site.
I asked WIA's (Wireless Institute of Australia.) Jim Linton for more and he has told us that no less than 15 hoax radio calls on AM aeronautical channels have been made in the past weeks at Tullamarine Airport Melbourne, and the Avalon Airport near Geelong.
Here is what happened:
A man pretends to be in a control tower and orders three jets to abort their landing.
Impersonation of a light aircraft with engine trouble putting out a may-day call.
Some radio amateurs emailed the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) with their concerns.
The Institute understands that amateurs would be justifiably upset about any connection with such dangerous and illegal rogue transmissions. Some have expressed the view that individual radio amateurs should write-in to set the record straight, and that the WIA should make a strong statement to the offending publications.
However, the WIA strongly advises caution about individuals making complaints.
In situations like this, misunderstanding is easily compounded and may make matters worse by re-invigorating the original story from another angle. It is common for the media to focus on the "issue of the moment" in a way that sensationalises matters, which could easily be to our detriment.
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