Category: Offbeat

New details reveals man arrested for impersonating officer has history of similar activity (Arkansas)

A Jacksonville man arrested for posing as a member of law enforcement in Lonoke County one week ago, is out on bond. But the investigation into the suspect’s past continues. Deputies with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37-year-old Jeremy Kurck [WA5JK according to QRZ.com] after observing a Dodge pickup with flashing green, amber and […]

via HACKADAY: Automated Radiosonde Tracking Via Open Source

Meteorological organisations across the world launch weather balloons on a regular basis as a part of their work in predicting whether or not it will rain on the weekend. Their payloads are called radiosondes, and these balloons deliver both telemetry and location data throughout their flightpath. Hobbyists around the globe have devoted time and effort […]

via the ARRL: New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor “SpeakUp” Trojan

A new backdoor Linux-based operating system trojan dubbed “SpeakUp” is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is able to evade all security vendors. A […]

via the ARRL: Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an […]

Plate pirates target ham radio operators in Corner Brook (Labrador)

There’s a different kind of pirate radio situation unfolding in Corner Brook. Someone is stealing the licence plates of amateur radio operators there, right off their vehicles. “It’s sort of uneasy because it’s something we enjoy doing,” said Kody Gardner, who lost his plate over the weekend. In Newfoundland and Labrador, amateur radio operators can […]

via HACKADAY: Brushless R/C Rocket Tests Different Flight Regimes

Quadcopters are familiar, and remote control planes are old hat at this point. However, compact lightweight power systems and electronic flight controllers continue to make new flying vehicles possible. In that vein, [rctestflight] has been experimenting with a brushless electric rocket craft, with interesting results. The build uses a single large brushless motor in the tail […]

An Astronaut Accidentally Dialed 911 From the International Space Station

To place an outside call from space, please first dial 9. As it turns out, the International Space Station is not immune to pesky phone protocols, and Dutch astronaut André Kuipers confessed to accidentally dialing 911 from orbit. Kuipers revealed on Wednesday that in trying to make a call—by pressing 9 and then 011 for […]

via HACKADAY: Google Assistant, Now Available On Ham Radio

Depending on who you talk to, Google Assistant is either a tool capable of quickly and clearly answering audio queries in natural langauge, or a noisier and less useful version of Wolfram Alpha. [William Franzin] decided it would be particularly cool to make the service available over ham radio – and that’s exactly what he did. […]

via HACKADAY: London Gatwick Airport Shuts Its Doors Due To Drone Sighting

If you could pick a news story you would prefer not to be woken with, it’s likely that a major airport being closed due to a drone sighting would be high on the list. But that’s the news this morning: London’s Gatwick airport has spent most of the night and into the morning closed due to […]

via the ARRL: Bank of Lithuania Gold Coin Features Amateur Radio Satellites

The Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos Bankas) has released a commemorative gold 5€ coin featuring the country’s LituanicaSAT-1(LO-78) and LitSAT-1 Amateur Radio Satellites. The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9, 2014, and deployed from the ISS on February 28. LituanicaSAT-1 carried a FM transponder and a camera, while LitSat-1 […]

via HACKADAY: Hacking When It Counts: Setting Sail in a Submarine

By the early 20th century, naval warfare was undergoing drastic technological changes. Ships were getting better and faster engines and were being outfitted with wireless communications, while naval aviation was coming into its own. The most dramatic changes were taking place below the surface of the ocean, though, as brave men stuffed themselves into steel […]

via HACKADAY: Drone + Ground Penetrating Radar = Mine Detector?

Most civilized nations ban the use of landmines because they kill indiscriminately, and for years after they are planted. However, they are still used in many places around the world, and people are still left trying to find better ways to find and remove them. This group is looking at an interesting new approach: using ground-penetrating […]