[amsat-bb] Re: A little OT: The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown
aa5pk at suddenlink.net
Thu Apr 23 17:24:45 PDT 2009
Ouch! I guess I need to check in more often :O)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF" <nigel at ngunn.net>
To: "Glenn AA5PK" <aa5pk at suddenlink.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] A little OT: The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown
> 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."
>> Glenn AA5PK
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