Category: Offbeat

Man rescued from atop ham radio antenna (Massachusetts)

An 80-year-old Edgartown man was rescued Monday morning by the Edgartown Fire Department from a ham radio tower in his yard. William Welch, an electrician and avid amateur radio operator, got his sneaker caught atop a 20-foot-tall backyard antenna after he scaled the structure to secure it ahead of the impending nor’easter, his wife Betty […]

via HACKADAY: At 71,572 KM, You Won’t Beat This LoRa Record

A distance record for LoRa transmission has been set that you probably won’t be able to beat. Pack up your gear and go home, nothing more to achieve here. At a superficial reading having a figure of 71,572 km (44,473 miles) seems an impossible figure for one of the little LoRa radio modules many of […]

via HACKADAY: This Radio Gets Pour Reception

When was the last time you poured water onto your radio to turn it on? Designed collaboratively by [Tore Knudsen], [Simone Okholm Hansen] and [Victor Permild], Pour Reception seeks to challenge what constitutes an interface, and how elements of play can create a new experience for a relatively everyday object. Lacking buttons or knobs of any kind, […]

Man set up radio transmitter by ‘alien UFO base’ Area 51… what he recorded terrified him

AN AMATEUR radio operator who set up a transmitter near the secretive Area 51 base has captured this extraordinary sound on camera. Thousands of YouTube viewers have watched a man who has set up a radio transmitter within range of the top-secret military base in Nevada. He explains he has done it specifically to capture […]

How Amateur Radio Played a Role in the Hawaii EAS Emergency Response

In the minutes after the false missile EAS alert was delivered in Hawaii, there was a great deal of general confusion — a lack of communication, general perplexity about the next steps, and phone call after phone call that didn’t get through to the right recipients. But one group in particular said it knew exactly […]

via HACKADAY: Search for Military Satellite Finds One NASA Lost Instead

[Scott Tilley] was searching for radio signals from the Air Force’s top-secret ZUMA satellite. He found something that is — we think — much more interesting. He found NASA’s lost satellite called IMAGE. You are probably wondering why it is interesting that someone listening for one satellite found another one. You see, NASA declared IMAGE […]

via HACKADAY: Watching the Watchers: Are You The Star Of an Encrypted Drone Video Stream?

Small aircraft with streaming video cameras are now widely available, for better or worse. Making eyes in the sky so accessible has resulted in interesting footage that would have been prohibitively expensive to capture a few years ago, but this new creative frontier also has a dark side when used to violate privacy. Those who […]

Do Shortwave ‘Numbers Stations’ Really Instruct Spies?

OTTAWA, Ontario — “6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0.” Tune across the shortwave bands (above AM/MW), and chances are you will come across a “numbers station.” There’s no programming to speak of; just a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing seemingly random groups of single digit numbers for minutes on end. Congratulations! You are now officially a spy-catcher, […]

via the ARRL: Urban Explorers’ Video Reveals Largely Unseen Side of Hara Arena

Reminiscent of underwater footage from a TV documentary about the discovery of a long-lost vessel, a recently posted YouTube video that takes a deep dive into the innards of former Hamvention® venue Hara Arena has been attracting notice within the Amateur Radio community. The narrated video probe was posted on December 22 by Once Occupied, […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateur Receives Patent for “Cloaking” Technology

Nathan “Chip” Cohen, W1YW, of Belmont, Massachusetts — the founder of Fractal Antenna Systems Inc and inventor of the fractal antenna — has been granted a patent for deflective electromagnetic shielding — essentially “cloaking” technology to defend against detection by radar and similar technologies. “Ham radio experimentation can lead to some pretty cool innovations!” Cohen said in […]

via HACKADAY: Watch Video on a Oscilloscope with an ESP32

[bitluni] got a brand new scope, and he couldn’t be happier. No, really — check the video below; he’s really happy. And to celebrate, he turned his scope into a vector display using an ESP32. Using a scope in X-Y mode is nothing new, of course. The technique is used to display everything from Lissajous patterns from […]

Livermore Teen Pilot Plans Solo Flight Around The World (California)

Aviation enthusiast Trystyn Clark has soaring dreams — literally — when he turns 18. The 16-year-old student pilot from Livermore is charting, mapping and eagerly anticipating a solo, around-the-world flight, with stops in 20-plus countries, to tout the thrills of aviation. “This is my love and passion, and it’s been like that since I was […]

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