Mastervolt soladin RF filtering

Brian Dorey writes: Following from the Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter RF Interference post about the major RF interference problems generated by the Mastervolt Soladin 600 tie-in mains inverter we have now resolved the RF interference by replacing the unscreened and unearthed plastic case on the inverter with an earthed metal case and installed filters on […]

Tutorial: GNU Radio with the HackRF SDR

Michael Ossmann, one of the developers of the amazing and affordable HackRF SDR transceiver, is releasing a tutorial series on using GNU Radio. “This ongoing video series will be a complete course in Software Defined Radio (SDR). In this course, you’ll build flexible SDR applications using GNU Radio through exercises that will help you learn […]

Reverse engineering a wireless soil moisture sensor

Ray Wang at Rayshobby has been working on reverse engineering a wireless soil moisture sensor. He writes, “At the Maker Faire this year I got lots of questions about soil moisture, which I knew little about. Recently I started learning about how to build my own soil sensor, and came across this cheap 433MHz wirelss […]

Interfacing the STM32VLDISCOVERY with Semtech’s SX1272RF1BAS module

Milen Pavlov with Netblocks wrote this post on connecting a STM32VLDISCOVERY with Semtech’s SX1272RF1BAS module (LoRa sx1272 transceiver.) This module incorporates the LoRa spread spectrum modem which is advertised as achieving significantly longer range than existing systems based on FSK or OOK modulation. It operates using low power in the ISM bands. Milen’s article includes […]

Powerpole fused distribution board

Brian Dorey¬†writes: We use Anderson Powerpole connectors on our ham radios and other 12 volt accessories in the house and we had always used leaded plugs connecting to a central point with inline fuses on each one. There are commercial Powerpole distribution boxes available but they are very expensive and difficult to obtain in the […]

Garage door signal hacking using RTL-SDR and TI Chronos watch

Students Ido Livneh and Gil Freidlin from Tel Aviv University have been experimenting with garage door opener signals using the TI Chronos watch and RTL-SDR dongle. Their technique involves using the SDR along with HDSDR software to acquire and record the signal, which is then analyzed using Python based tools and encoded for loading onto […]

ZaCon badge development log

ZaCon is a community driven infosec conference held at the Kingsway Campus of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Andrew Nohawk developed the ZaCon V badge using an Arduino and RF components. He provides a detailed chronicle of his design and development process in this post. He explains, “For ZaCon V I built some electronic […]

OHM2013: Hacking the radio spectrum with GNURadio

At the OHM2013 conference held last summer outside Amsterdam, J. M. Friedt discussed his use of GNURadio as a signal processing prototyping tool. He writes, “We demonstrate the use of this software environment for implementing new digial communication mode decoding algorithms, qualifying low frequency circuits by using the audio card as a network analyzer, all […]

Hak5 video: quadcopter with WiFi enabled Linux computer and RTL-SDR

What happens when you send up a quadcopter equipped with a Linux box, WiFi and an RTL-SDR dongle? Darren and company from Hak5 decided to find out. Their project used the SDR to receive ADS-B signals from aircraft hundreds of miles away. The Hak5 team took a quadcopter up on top of a high mountain, […]

Video tutorial: OFDM packet transceivers with GNU radio

Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing or OFDM is a method of encoding digital data on multiple carrier frequencies. At this presentation from them recent FOSDEM 2014 conference in Brussels, Martin Braun explained the use of GNU Radio software and an SDR transceiver to explore OFDM block basics, how to set up links between nodes and how to […]

RTL-SDR wide spectrum analyzer

Claudio Giuliani has designed an RTL-SDR based wide spectrum analyzer. The code is available on AlterVista. Software prerequisites are a Linux box (no Windows/OSX version) with Gnuradio and rtl_sdr utilities installed. The spectrum analyzer program is a frontend GUI of rtl_power for spectrum visualization and control and is coded in Basic for Gambas (a sort […]

Academic paper: hacking with RF replay attacks

If you’re new to RF hacking you may have heard the term “replay attack” and wondered what it takes to implement one. In this academic presentation Practicing a Record-and-Replay System on USRP a group of researchers from the Shenzhen Key Lab of Advanced Communications and Information Processing and Shenzhen University, give a succinct and practical […]

Listening to D-STAR digital voice with DSD 1.7

Brazilian amateur radio operator PU2VLW has written a post (in Portugese) detailing how to use DSD version 1.7 to decode amateur radio D-STAR digital voice transmissions. (Google translate may be helpful.) DSD can be downloaded as source from GitHub. His setup uses a Windows machine running SDR# to receive the D-STAR signal using an RTL-SDR […]

DCC/TAPR video: FreeDV, CODEC2 and “The HT of the Future”

In this presentation from the 2013 Digital Communications Conference, Bruce Perens K6BP discusses FreeDV, CODEC2 and “The HT of the Future”. Bruce is active in advancing interest in open-source digital voice to Amateur Radio on both HF and VHF/UHF. Here he also discusses D-STAR and Yaesu’s controversial new proprietary VHF/UHF digital amateur radio communications protocol.

RTL_FM_Python: An API and web interface for controlling RTL_FM

Here’s an interesting piece of open source code known as RTL_FM_Python for controlling the RTL-SDR dongle. “This is a Python library built upon the RTL-SDR project and allows you to use the RTL-SDR dongle to tune in arbitrary stations either with a simple web application running on a built-in server, or programmatically with Python or […]

BLE fun with Ubertooth: sniffing Bluetooth Smart and cracking its crypto

Mike Ryan writes about his latest efforts in BLE hacking. Hot on the heels of Omri Iluz’s BLE-sniffer-on-the-cheap, I decided to write up the BLE sniffer I built on Ubertooth. My sniffer highly robust, can capture data from connections, and is 100% open source. I also discovered a vulnerability in BLE’s crypto that allows me […]

30C3 video: Monitoring the Spectrum – Building Your Own Distributed RF Scanner Array

At the recent 30C3 conference in Hamburg, Germany, Andrew Reiter outlined his efforts in using inexpensive RTL-SDR dongles to build a distributed RF scanner array for monitoring and spectrum mapping. Software-Defined Radio (SDR) has increased in popularity in recent years due to the decrease in hardware costs and increase in processing power. One example of […]

DCC/TAPR video: HackRF – A Low Cost SDR Platform

In this talk from the 2013 Digital Communications Conference (DCC) co-sponsored by the ARRL and TAPR, developer Michael Ossmann discussed the origins and development of the HackRF Jawbreaker SDR transceiver. This is Michael’s first talk at an amateur radio oriented conference.

FUNcube dongle and satellite update

It’s been awhile since we’ve covered the FUNcube dongle, but their updated extended frequency coverage hardware and new software dashboard merits a new look. The FUNcube Dongle is an SDR device covering the 150kHz to 1.9GHz frequency range (with a gap in coverage between 240 MHz and 420 MHz). It retails online for around GBP125, […]