[amsat-bb] Re: FLTSATCOM Hacked

Mark Spencer mspencer12345 at yahoo.ca
Tue Apr 21 13:41:06 PDT 2009

Yeah...   I believe this has been going on for a number of years.  (I recall reading about this on another board.)

I believe the satellites in question use FM and geo stationary orbits and have up links and down links in the miltary UHF band (225 thru 400 mhz.) 

Kind of makes you wonder what would happen if there was a geo stationary amateur satlleite that was easy to use.   If pirates will hack military satellites then I doubt they would have any qualms about using an amateur satellite.   

----- Original Message ----
From: "tom at bloomington.com" <tom at bloomington.com>
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:30:38 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] FLTSATCOM Hacked

Tom WB8WOR thought you'd like to see this on wired.com

It sort of puts to lie the argument that transponders are hard to use.  I suppose it helps that they are in geosynchronous orbits.

I especially found this part interesting:  

  "I saw it more than once in truck repair shops," says amateur radio
  operator Adinei Brochi (PY2ADN) "Nearly illiterate men rigged a radio
  in less than one minute, rolling wire on a coil." 

Click here to see the page on wired.com: http://www.wired.com/services/referral?messageKey=6eb844662798d55ab60eb665b38fbf29
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