[amsat-bb] A little OT: The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown
aa5pk at suddenlink.net
Thu Apr 23 17:10:10 PDT 2009
"On the night of March 8, cruising 22,000 miles above the Earth, U.S. Navy
communications satellite FLTSAT-8 suddenly erupted with illicit activity.
Jubilant voices and anthems crowded the channel on a junkyard's worth of
homemade gear from across vast and silent stretches of the Amazon: Ronaldo,
a Brazilian soccer idol, had just scored his first goal with the
"To use the satellite, pirates typically take an ordinary ham radio
transmitter, which operates in the 144- to 148-MHZ range, and add a
frequency doubler cobbled from coils and a varactor diode. That lets the
radio stretch into the lower end of FLTSATCOM's 292- to 317-MHz uplink
range. All the gear can be bought near any truck stop for less than $500.
Ads on specialized websites offer to perform the conversion for less than
$100. Taught the ropes, even rough electricians can make Bolinha-ware."
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