Google Summer of Code 2014

Michael Ossmann, co-developer of the HackRF open source SDR platform, writes reminding us that the deadline for student’s entries for the Google Summer of Code 2014 is fast approaching. If you or someone you know is a college student who would like to spend the summer getting paid to work on open source source software, […]

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 […]

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.

Ham Radio Linux LiveDVD Ver. 14 supports RTL-SDR, HackRF and more

Andy, amateur radio operator KB1OIQ, has released the Version 14 of his Ham Radio Linux LiveDVD containing programs focused on amateur radio and SDR operations. This is a remastered version of Ubuntu Linux. As of version 13, there are 32-bit and 64-bit versions available, as well as an image for the PengPod 1000. This version […]

Update: HackRF based SmartNet radio monitor

We previously posted about the GNURadio based scanner for SmartNet II digital radio systems. Now Luke Berndt has updated his project info and has posted samples of the decoded system audio online. It has taken a lot of futzing, but I have my HackRF recording the Washington DC’s Fire Dept radio system and making it […]

Video: Reversing Tire Pressure Monitors with SDR

In this presentation from the recent Toorcon 15 in San Diego, CA, Jared Boone, co-developer of the HackRF SDR detailed his efforts in reversing tire pressure monitors found on most vehicles. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) are present on all US automobiles sold as of 2008. This talk, given at ToorCon 15 in San Diego, […]

GNURadio based scanner for SmartNet II digital radio systems

Luke Berndt posted on the HackRF-dev forum: “I built a Scanner app so I could use my HackRF to listen to my local fire department. It should work for any Moto SmartNet trunking systems that uses P25 CAI for the voice channels. It is based off the gr-smartnet code and uses DSD to decode the […]

44CON to include HackRF presentation

We understand that Michael Ossmann will deliver a talk entitled ” Reverse Engineering with HackRF” at the 44CON conference. This talk will consist of one long demonstration of how to use HackRF to reverse engineer a proprietary radio system. 44CON is an annual Information Security Conference and Training event taking place in London. Designed to […]

HackRF and POCSAG decoding

BinaryRF has posted a detailed tutorial on using the HackRF SDR to decode POCSAG pager traffic. He starts with the HackRF hardware connected to his Ubuntu Linux box. The basic procedure involves using gqrx, then pipingthe audio output to multimon decoding software using the pavucontrol program.

REDHAWK SDR software

If you’re into SDR then you have probably heard of GNURadio, gqrx, SDR# and other software tools for controlling RF hardware. With the growing popularity of the HackRF platform and RTL-SDR dongle a new software tool has entered the scene: REDHAWK. As explained by its developers, “REDHAWK is a software-defined radio (SDR) framework designed to […]

HackRF based radio spectrum analyzer

Jared Boone displayed this project at the recent Maker Faire. This project is built around the HackRF, a software-defined radio transceiver. I programmed it to sample 20MHz of radio spectrum from an antenna, do a frequency analysis on the data, and display the results on a Noritake vacuum fluorescent display. I added the tuning wheel […]

Toorcon: HackRF low cost SDR platform

At the recent Toorcon conference in San Diego, Michael Ossmann from GreatScottGadgets presented this talk providing details on his HackRF project which we covered in a recent post. In this video Michael presents an overview of the history of SDR and details on the development of the HackRF board. Visit the HackRF project page for […]