Teen arrested for mistakenly sharing exploit that almost brought down 911

Here is a news story that has been circulating that shows just how fragile 911 communications can be.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai, an 18-year-old teenager from the Phoenix area, for flooding the 911 emergency system with hang-up calls.

According to a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Desai created a JavaScript exploit, which he shared on Twitter and other websites with his friends.

People accessing Desai’s link from their iPhones saw their phone automatically dial and redial 911.

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Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule Changes

The FCC is inviting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11775) from a Nevada radio amateur that seeks changes to the rules governing the Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Program. Christopher LaRue, W4ADL, of North Las Vegas, is proposing that any licensee obtaining a vanity call sign be required to keep it for the full license term. LaRue contends in his petition that excessive and frequent vanity call sign filings are hampering the ability of other qualified licensees to obtain vanity call signs in one of the more desirable 1 × 2 or 2 × 1 formats. LaRue said that since the FCC dropped the fee to file for a vanity call sign, some applicants are taking advantage by regularly obtaining new call signs, thereby keeping them out of circulation.

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Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule Changes

The FCC is inviting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11775) from a Nevada radio amateur that seeks changes to the rules governing the Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Program. Christopher LaRue, W4ADL, of North Las Vegas, is proposing that any licensee obtaining a vanity call sign be required to keep it for the full license term. LaRue contends in his petition that excessive and frequent vanity call sign filings are hampering the ability of other qualified licensees to obtain vanity call signs in one of the more desirable 1 × 2 or 2 × 1 formats. LaRue said that since the FCC dropped the fee to file for a vanity call sign, some applicants are taking advantage by regularly obtaining new call signs, thereby keeping them out of circulation.

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Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies

The battle continues between Radio Eritrea (Voice of the Broad Masses) and Radio Ethiopia, which is said to be jamming the Eritrean broadcaster with broadband white noise. The problem for radio amateurs is that the battle is taking place in the 40 meter phone band — 7.145 and 7.175 MHz — with the jamming signal reported by the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) to be 20 kHz wide on each channel. The on-air conflict has been going on for years; Ethiopia constructed new transmitting sites in 2008 and is said to use two or three of them for jamming purposes. The interfering signals can be heard in North America after dark. According to IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, Radio Eritrea is airing separate programs on each frequency. He said in the IARUMS September newsletter that telecommunications regulators in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have been informed, so they could file official complaints. Continue reading Broadcasters, Jammers Wreak Havoc on Amateur Radio Frequencies

ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference

For the third year in a row, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) were a featured component of the largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the US. The annual conference, held in mid-September, was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council and hosted by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe at their Santa Rosa Rancheria in Lemoore, California. Radio amateurs were prominent among the conference presenters. Two ARRL San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Section groups, Fresno ARES/RACES and Tulare County ARES pooled resources and set up special event station N8V, with multiple operating positions on the lawn adjacent to the conference hotel.

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Complete Sweepstakes Records Now Available, Operating Guide Updated

Complete sets of ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) records for both modes are now available, thanks to the efforts of Trey Garlough, N5KO, and SS Manager Larry Hammel, K5OT. Records are available by category, by ARRL Division, and by ARRL Section. A complete list of winners by category — extending back to the first Sweepstakes in 1930 — also is provided. For statistics fans, the number of logs submitted each year and a cross-reference of call signs are also available.

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CARP Christmas Party – Friday December 2nd, 2016

Come join us for the annual CARP Christmas Party on Friday December 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Clovis Senior Center classroom. The dinner is open to all. Hope to see you there, we always have a good time, great food and a lot of fun.

The festivities for the evening include:

Food

The dinner is pot-luck style with the club providing turkey, ham and tri-tip for the main dish along with rolls and coffee. Please bring a side dish, salad or desert. Please signup/RSVP what you are bringing at the Potluck Buddies website.

Awards

There will be participation awards and the prestigious CARP Bonehead and overload award.

Drawings

There will be a general prize drawing and a grand prize drawing

General Drawing

Tickets cost $1.00 each

disneylandtixGrand Prize Drawing

Tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing at $10.00 each for a chance at:

4 – Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets ($620 value)

 

Membership Drawing

Pay your 2017 CARP Club membership dues between now and at the Christmas Party and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a special prize (to be announced).

Time/Date:

Friday December 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 pm

RSVP:

Please signup/RSVP what you are bringing at the Potluck Buddies website.

Location:

Clovis Senior Center – Classroom
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

Contact:

info@k6arp.org
559-492-7675

Website:

http://www.k6arp.org

New Satellites with Amateur Radio Payloads Launched, Monitored

The AlSat-1N and Pratham satellites, both carrying Amateur Radio payloads, have both been heard and identified following the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) PSLV-C35 mission launch on September 26. Reports are requested. Reports on AMSAT-BB indicate the Pratham CW beacon on 145.980 MHz is active.

The 3U AlSat-1N CubeSat was built in collaboration with the Algerian Space Agency, the UK Space Agency (UKSA), Surrey Space Centre (SSC) staff, and Algerian students as a technology transfer and demonstrator for Algeria.

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The National Guard, a firefighter and a radio operator helped rescue the stranded couple.

by: Adam Wagner, StarNews Staff

Amateur radios and quick communication late Saturday helped emergency officials rescue a pair of people who were stranded on Trails End Road.

The man and woman had gone to check on their boat at the Masonboro Yacht Club and Marina when a tree and live power line fell across the road, stranding them.

They called a friend with a ham radio who, in turn, contacted Stephen Russ, an Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer who was stationed at the New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center. Russ kicked into action, walking over to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office representative stationed there.

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