Field Day 2017 was a success!

Field Day Seyup

Our antennas all setup during ARRL Field Day

Thank you to all who made it out to W3UAS’s 2017 ARRL Field Day operation. The event went smoothly from setup to tear down. ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. The radio operators demonstrate their ability to provide emergency communications when other infrastructure such as power, internet, and cell phones becomes unavailable.

This year Unallocated Space operated Field Day at Corey’s house in Pasadena. Thanks to the support provided by the Unallocated Space community we had good food, good fun, and an operator at the radio almost the full 24 hours of the event. We made 214 contacts cumulatively between 6 operators the 80, 40, 20, and 15 meter bands.

Besides the radio fun, we also had a pretty awesome cookout Saturday afternoon. The pork chops, burgers, and sausage were all delicious, credit to our grill masters. When the BBQ was over there was certainly no shortage of snacks to keep everyone going throughout the night. Thank you again to all who made that happen!

At the end of the day on Sunday we had some extra hands for tear down. We were all packed up in no time and we all got a chance to relax before heading back to the space.

I hope that next year we will find a location at a park or field near by the space. We’ll be able to set up a few more transmitters and get a lot more people to stop by and hang out.

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An Open Forum On Incident Response with Jeff Wichman

Join us at the space for the first official InfoSec night hosted by Wasabi and Understudy77 with special guest speaker Jeff Wichman, the director of Enterprise Incident Management with Optiv security.

New or experienced in InfoSec topics, come out and enjoy some pleasant conversation and a transfer of knowledge regarding digital forensics, IT consulting, Malware analysis, security monitoring, and how fast you can get two consultants to Argentina.

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SDRcon at UAS

SDRCon

Exciting news! Coming Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 Unallocated Space will be hosting our second SDRcon. SDRcon is a day of talks related to Software Defined Radio (SDR), digital signal processing, reverse engineering and exploitation of wireless controlled systems, and other radio related topics.

There will be a "Show and Tell" period for those that have a brief presentation or demo. Bring your project and show it off!

Talks begin promptly at 11AM. Please be seated by 10:45

I am excited to announce some of the presenters:

  • Regi Eisenblatt presenting the BooyaSDR

    The Booya software demodulates the signals down to baseband at the full bandwidth. The Booya digitizer boards plug into the Cypress USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Explorer Kit, included. The Cypress Explorer Kit provides the USB 3 interface to the PC. The Booya SDR includes an active Mini Whip antenna to allow good radio reception in the 0 to 32 MHz band. The BooyaSDR free open source software on the PC provides a fully functioning SDR receiver application demonstrating the full Booya digitizer capability.

    http://booyasdr.sourceforge.net

  • Michael Ossmann presenting Low Cost, Open Source Spectrum Monitoring

    Over the past few months, we and other open source software developers have devised new tools allowing low cost Software Defined Radio platforms to rapidly sweep across radio frequencies in order to monitor the spectrum around us.  Our base platform is HackRF One, and we are able to monitor 1 MHz to 6 GHz every 0.75 seconds, allowing us to build up a near real-time picture of radio usage around us.  Now we are looking at new ways to visualize, analyze, and interpret this information.  This will be a look at open source hardware and software tools that enable us to monitor, analyze, and track down radio signals.

  • Adam presenting Practical Foxhunting 101

    The basic skills needed to quickly locate wireless emitters are easy to learn and no special equipment is required. Despite this, relatively few people have the know-how to put their equipment to work locating emitters as part of penetration testing, RF environment mapping, or tracking their geriatric neighbors using the emanations from their pacemakers. In this talk, you'll learn simple techniques for finding wireless emitters in the environment using readily-available equipment, and how to select and configure foxhunting gear. You'll also get a brief introduction to some more-advanced topics and techniques.

  • Corey Koval presenting Why your antenna is more important than your SDR

    You just got your first RTL-SDR, you plug in the little 4 inch antenna, turn on your SDR software, and you don't see any signals. Your SDR isn't broken, the default antenna just isn't the right tool for the job. We'll explore the different types of antennas and RF adapters that exist and explore what one will be right for you. 

 

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Another EPIC LAN Party – May 27th!!

Epic LAN Party - May 27th!

It's that time again — time for another EPIC event of the LAN Party variety!!

That's right. another epic twelve hours of gaming and fragging fun!!

Bring a dish or snacks to share, if you wish, and we'll have a spread for lunch and snacking! We'll likely order pizza around the dinner hour, so bring $5-10 to get in on that action. 

Bring your gaming rig, whether laptop or desktop, your **UPDATED** games/clients/OS, potluck item(s), and an appetite for destruction and mayhem (virtual, that is.) 

Schedule: 

  •  12pm – 2pm Setup
  •   2pm – 5pm Free Play (we'll see what people are interested in) 
  •   5pm – 6pm Minecraft Hunger Games Style Deathmatch
  •   6pm FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  •   6pm ~ 7pm TBD Tournament 'Hot Seat' + Dinner Break
  •   7pm- 12am Free Play (we'll see what people are interested in)


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Beginning Prepping Skills – The Prepper Law of Threes Class (6/9)

You are bound to hear about “prepping”. Depending upon the source of the info, “preppers” are nut jobs, militia-types, snake-eaters, etc.  Or they are rich loners who can survive the apocalypse, fight off alien invaders from their underground bunkers, and can afford $20,000 sniper rifles. 

The reality is that anyone can become a competent prepper with just a little bit of preparation. The first step is to understand the “Prepper Law of Threes”; you can survive:

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without shelter
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food

The key to maximizing your chances (and minimize your discomfort) is to stay calm, work through the Prepper Law of Threes, take advantage of everything you already have, and don’t do stupid stuff. (I’ll define some of the “stupid human tricks” that can lead to an early death.) You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars, move to the middle of nowhere, or stockpile a ton of MREs (though all three can have their uses). 

Date & Time: Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8-11pm.

Please RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Unallocated-Space/events/239989105/. Thank you.

**Please let us know if you have a particular interest in other topics. 

**There’ll be a time for show & tell (e.g. bugout bag, examples of water filtration equipment, some related books/magazines, etc.).

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Signals Analysis with SDR

Come out to Unallocated Space Tuesdays, April 4th though 25th, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm for an introduction to radio frequency (RF) signal analysis. This 4 week class will cover locating, identifying, demodulating, and decoding common RF signal types.

If you plan on attending the class, please fill out the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/FayZrcWalagjmauf2

Week 1: We will make sure everybody’s system is working. We will decode some basic signals just for test purposes. If you are sure your Linux system is working with the tools mentioned below you can skip this session.

Week 2: We will cover the various modulation types and digital encoding schemes. This will include learning to listen for digital signals, and visually identify them on the waterfall.

Week 3: We will practice decoding several different types of signals. We will also touch on how to use the GNU Radio Companion.

Week 4: We will look at reverse engineering some FSK and ASK/OOK type signals. We will use different tools such as Baudline and Waveconverter

Please bring the following hardware items:

    An SDR capable of receiving between 50MHz and 1GHz (almost all RTL-SDRs cover this range, and any of the more expensive SDRs will cover this range as well, except for the BladeRF)
    An omni-directional antenna
    “Aux cable” (3.5mm “headphone” connector on both ends)
    A fairly powerful laptop or desktop (At least 2 cores clocked over 2GHz, 4GB RAM) Sorry, that old laptop you got for $50 at the hamfest won’t cut it.

Please have the following software installed BEFORE class:

    Your favorite Linux distro on a dedicated partition. NO virtual machines! Linux beginners, please install Ubuntu.
    Any drivers necessary to run your SDR
    GNU Radio
    GQRX
    fldigi
    QSSTV
    pulse audio volume control

There are resources for how to install all of the above software online. Please have it installed before class, the network cannot handle everyone downloading that stuff all at once.

Due to the unpopularity of the CTF I may not host it this time. I will consider hosting it at a later date separate from the class if enough people request it.

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March 25th ~ Another 12Hr Epic LAN Party!!!

Yes, we're bringing you another epic twelve hours of gaming and fragging fun!!

Bring a dish or snacks to share, if you wish, and we'll have a spread for lunch and snacking! We'll likely order pizza around the dinner hour, so bring $5-10 to get in on that action. 

Bring your gaming rig, whether laptop or desktop, your **UPDATED** games/clients/OS, potluck item(s), and an appetite for destruction and mayhem (virtual, that is.) 

Schedule

  •   12pm – 2pm Setup
  •   2pm – 5pm Free Play (we'll see what people are interested in) 
  •   5pm – 6pm Minecraft Hunger Games Style Deathmatch
  •   6pm FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  •   6pm ~ 7pm TBD Tournament 'Hot Seat' + Dinner Break
  •   7pm- 12am Free Play (we'll see what people are interested in)

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UAS 24Hr Hackathon

We're doing this crazy thing called a hack-a-thon all over again! We'll be working on a multitude of different projects and have plenty for everyone in every skillset so come on out and spend some quality time collaborating as we BUILD some great things together. 
 

Schedule: Saturday March 4th – Sunday March 5th:

 * 12 – 12:30pm: We'll be teaching some basics to get you started with Git.  
 * 12:30 – 1pm: We'll go over all the various projects and task options to help you figure out what you would like to work on and also a bit of "how to hack-a-thon". 
 * 1pm (on Saturday): Hackathon begins! Beware the wompster. (This is a thing.) 

 * 1pm (on Sunday): We'll call it done, and have our closing and raffle for those who registered. (You don't have to be present to win as long as you registered with an email for us to contact you.) 

 

Don't forget to register: https://goo.gl/forms/5ZmdrbmxhEeCIGTB3

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Techno-Swap-Fest – Join Unallocated Space! 2/25

On Saturday, February 25th 9AM-2PM, National Electronics Museum (NEM) will be holding it’s 8th Annual Techno-Swap-Fest. This is a perfect opportunity to meet people with similar interest, find what your looking for, trade up, trade down, or donate what you don’t need. All entrance proceeds support the National Electronics. Adults $5, Kids under 16 FREE.

The UAS is a club sponsor and will be attending this event. Don’t forget to visit us! We will be more then happy to tell you about the exciting things we do. We will be bartering, selling and accepting donates at this event, as well be entering in a contest for the most unusual, least useful, best dust collector item, so come out and see what it is.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 25th at 9am-2pm.

Location: National Electronics Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090, United States

Learn more at https://www.meetup.com/Unallocated-Space/events/236366485/ .

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This Saturday, Feb 4th ~ 12Hr Epic LAN Party!!!

Yes, we're bringing you another epic twelve hours of gaming and fragging fun!!

Bring a dish or snacks to share, if you wish, and we'll have a spread for lunch and snacking! We'll likely order pizza around the dinner hour, so bring $5-10 to get in on that action. 

Bring your gaming rig, whether laptop or desktop, your **UPDATED** games/clients/OS, potluck item(s), and an appetite for destruction and mayhem (virtual, that is.) 

Schedule

  •   12pm – 2pm Setup
  •   2pm – 5pm Free Play (we'll see what people are interested in) 
  •   5pm – 6pm Minecraft Hunger Games Style Deathmatch
  •   6pm FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  •   6pm ~ 7pm TBD Tournament During Dinner Break + PRIZES!!!!!
  •   7pm- 12am Free Play (we'll see what people are interested in)

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