a tool inspired by tentacle. It automates the task of sniffing GSM frames of the air, extracting the key exchange, feeding kraken with the key material and finally decode/decrypt the voice data. All You need is a USRP (or similar – [RTL-SDR]) to capture the GSM band and a kraken instance with the berlin tables (only about 2TB )
If you’re new to the world of low cost software defined radio, and have just been through our Quickstart guide, this YouTube tutorial video by Clayton Smith on using the SDR# program may be useful to you.
In the video Clayton explains how to use SDR# and some of its many features, how to calibrate the RTL-SDR offset in the software, and he also shows how to receive a few interesting signals in his area.
AmateurRadio.com has teamed up with Nooelec.com to give away RTL-SDR packages to 10 hams. To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be a registered amateur radio operator, and you must comment on the competition page. The prizes are
Two (2) Complete HF sets including: NESDR Mini receiver Ham It Up upconverter SMA to MCX cable SMA to BNC adapter SMA to PL259 adapter SMA to F adapter
Two (2) Complete Touch SDR sets including: NESDR Nano receiver SDR Touch license (for Android tablets) USB OTG micro & mini cables
To use the app, you will need an Android device that supports USB OTG, which most Android devices on Android 4.0+ should support. You will also need a USB OTG cable, and an RTL-SDR dongle. You may want to consider a USB OTG cable that has a second port for external charging capabilities, as the RTL-SDR can drain the battery quickly.
The app is cheaply priced at under $2, so give it a try!
YouTube user Brad Bowers has posted a video showing GQRX running on his BeagleBone Black with an RTL-SDR dongle. The BeagleBone Black is an embedded Linux computer, similar to the Raspberry Pi, but with significantly more processing power. He found that GQRX actually performed quite responsively on the BeagleBone.
Oona discovered that the bus displays in her area use Data Radio Channel (DARC) encoding. Once she discovered that no DARC decoders exist online, she implemented the full five layer DARC protocol stack in Perl and was left with data packets that had some human readable strings containing information such as bus terminal stations. With some extra work she was able to also get more information such as expected waiting times and bus numbers as well.
Recently, the FUNcube-1 satellite was successfully launched. The FUNcube is a CubeSat (a low cost miniature 10cm cube sized satellite) which is intended mainly for educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics, but has also piqued the interest of amateur radio hobbyists.
Over on YouTube, user superkuh2 has posted a video showing off osmocoms gr-fosphor GNU Radio block which shows a real time spectrum visualization using the GPU. He combines gr-fosphor with multimode for visualizing the ISM and pager bands with his RTL-SDR.
osmocom's fosphor with patchvonbraun's multimode looking at ISM + FLEX pager bands with rtlsdr
Adam, the manufacturer of the LNA4ALL low noise amplifier designed for use with the RTL-SDR, and similar software radios is putting out an interest check for an LNA4HF product. The LNA4HF will be a low noise amplifier with low pass filter designed to work with an existing RTL-SDR upconverter. It will amplify signals between 2 Mhz – 30 Mhz by 16.5dB.
Adam will make a batch once there is interest for at least 50.