From my inbox: satellite hacking, hacking hair dryers, bandwidth – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog

From my inbox: satellite hacking, hacking hair dryers, bandwidth

october 14, 2014 by dan kb6nu leave a comment

Here’s a sampling of some of the interesting stuff that has passed through my inbox lately:

Civilians in abandoned McDonald’s seize control of wandering space satellite. For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, California, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.

Hacker fries hair dryer plug with radio waves. As Maggie Jauregui was getting ready for a date last November, she was simultaneously blow drying her hair and chatting with her boyfriend over a walkie talkie — the sort of electronic gadget that the hacker couple enjoy messing around with. Suddenly, the hair dryer’s plug began to violently vibrate against the wall socket, then spark and release a curl of black smoke. “My jaw just dropped,” Jauregui says. “I had no idea what had just happened.”

Back to Basics: Bandwidth. Among the most important basic specifications of a digital oscilloscope is its bandwidth. Knowing a bit about bandwidth and the influences on the specification can be very helpful in selecting the right oscilloscope for your application. This post will cover some fundamental aspects of oscilloscope bandwidth.

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Dan Romanchik (KB6NU) always offers some interesting, offbeat news items tied to amateur radio. This collection of three strange stories is no exception.  I especially like the tale of the hacked hair dryer.  You can find the links to each story by visiting:

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