[amsat-bb] Re: A little OT: The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown

Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF nigel at ngunn.net
Thu Apr 23 17:18:44 PDT 2009

You're behind the times, Glenn.
This was worked to death last week.

Glenn AA5PK wrote:
> "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 
> Corinthians."
> "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."
> <http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2009/04/fleetcom?currentPage=1>
> Glenn AA5PK
> AMSAT #6694 
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