SDR videos

Software-defined radio (SDR) technology can be used for many interesting technical experiments. With listening only SDR you can do many interesting things, but having a SDR that can also transmit opens many new doors. Here are some interesting videos related to SDR and cyber security:

Universal Radio Hacker – Replay Attack With HackRF

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Radio Hacking: Cars, Hardware, and more! – Samy Kamkar – AppSec California 2016

Hacking Car Key Fobs with SDR

Getting Started With The HackRF, Hak5 1707

Hacking Ford Key Fobs Pt. 1 – SDR Attacks with @TB69RR – Hak5 2523

Hacking Ford Key Fobs Pt. 2 – SDR Attacks with @TB69RR – Hak5 2524

Hacking Ford Key Fobs Pt. 3 – SDR Attacks with @TB69RR – Hak5 2525

Hacking Restaurant Pagers with HackRF

Software Defined Spectrum Analyser – Hack RF

Locating Cellular Signal with HackRF Spectrum Analyzer SDR Software

GSM Sniffing: Voice Decryption 101 – Software Defined Radio Series #11

How To Listen To Trunked Police Radio And Why Im Done

Transmitting NTSC/ATSC Video With the HackRF One and Gnuradio

Check also Using a HackRF SDR to Sniff RF Emissions from a Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet and Obtain the PIN article.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Shielding A Cheap RTL-SDR Stick

    Even though not every Hackaday reader is likely to be a radio enthusiast, it’s a fair guess that many of you will have experimented with an RTL-SDR USB dongle by now. These super-cheap devices are intended for digital TV reception and contain an RTL2832 chip, which with the proper software, can be pushed into service as a general purpose software defined radio receiver. For around $10 USD they’re fantastic value and a lot of fun to play with, even if they’re not the best radio ever. How to improve the lackluster performance? One of the easiest and cheapest ways is simply to shield it from RF noise, which [Alan R] has done with something as mundane as a tubular fizzy orange tablet container.

    This is probably one of the simpler hacks you’ll see on this site, as all it involves is making an appropriate hole in the end of the tube and shielding the whole with some aluminium foil sticky tape. But the benefits can be seen immediately in the form of reduced FM broadcast band interference, something that plagues the cheaper dongles.

    Low Cost Shielding Idea for Plastic RTL-SDRs

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hacker Finds Kill Switch for Submachine Gun–Wielding Robot Dog
    The submachine gun–firing robot dog can be remotely shut down with an AI dolphin branded hacker’s tool.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Simple Breadboard SDR For Shortwave

    One of the best ways to learn about radios is to build your own, even in the age of cheap SDR dongles. [Aniss Oulhaci] demonstrates this with a simple HF SDR receiver built on a breadboard.

    The receiver takes the form of a simplified Tayloe detector. An RF preamp circuit amplifies the signal from a shortwave antenna and feeds it into a 74HC4066D analog switch, which acts as a switching mixer. It mixes the input signal with the local oscillator’s I and Q signals to produce the intermediate frequency signals. The local oscillator consists of a SI5351 clock generator with a 74HC74D flip-flop to generate the I and Q pair. The signals pass through a low pass filter stage and get amplified by an LM358 op amp, resulting in the IQ signal pair being fed to a computer’s stereo sound card.

    An Arduino is used to control the SI5351 clock generator, which in turn is controlled by the same program created for the SDR Shield.

    Simple SDR receiver (10kHz-30MHz)

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Snooping On Starlink With An RTL-SDR

    With an ever-growing constellation of Starlink satellites whizzing around over our heads, you might be getting the urge to start experimenting with the high-speed internet service. But at $100 or more a month plus hardware, the barrier to entry is just a little daunting for a lot of us. No worries, though — if all you’re interested in is tracking [Elon]’s birds, it’s actually a pretty simple job.

    Now, we’re not claiming that you’ll be able to connect to Starlink and get internet service with this setup, of course, and neither is the delightfully named [saveitforparts]. Instead, his setup just receives the beacon signals from Starlink satellites, which is pretty interesting all by itself. The hardware consists of his “Picorder” mobile device, which sports a Raspberry Pi, a small LCD screen, and a host of sensors, including an RTL-SDR dongle. To pick up the satellite beacons, he used a dirt-cheap universal Ku-band LNB, or low-noise block downconverter. They’re normally found at the focal point of a satellite TV dish, but in this case no dish is needed — just power it up with a power injector and point it to the sky.

    Detecting Starlink Satellites With DIY Tricorder


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