RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 20th, 2021
1. Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Tentatively on
Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was
canceled last year because of the pandemic.
Europe’s International Amateur Radio Exhibition this week
optimism that the 45th Ham Radio, sponsored by the
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC),
will be able to take place
June 25 – 27.
At the moment, we are assuming that
we will be able to hold Ham Radio in accordance
extensive, tried-and-proven safety and hygiene concept and are
to seeing everyone again at Europe’s most
important trade fair for amateur radio.
-- arrl news
ITU News Magazine Covers World Radio Day, Includes Articles on Ham
The latest issue of the free publication ITU News
Magazine highlights World Radio Day
(observed each year on
February 13), featuring two articles on amateur radio.
include the evolution of radio throughout the ages, ham radio and
communications, and remarks by International Amateur
Radio Union (IARU) President
Tim Ellam VE6SH, regarding why
World Amateur Radio Day (celebrated each year
on April 18) is
important to highlight crucial services.
-- arrl news
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Columbia Radio Amateur Copies Signal from Mars-Orbiting Satellite
As reported on Spaceweather.com, Canadian radio amateur
Scott Tilley, VE7TIL,
has snagged another signal from deep
space. His latest conquest has been to copy
the signal from
China’s Tianwen-1 probe, which went into orbit around Mars on
February 10. Tilley said that the probe’s X-band signal
was “loud and audible.”
“It was a
treasure hunt,” Tilley told Spaceweather.com. He explained that
the spacecraft did post its frequency with the
Union, it was too vague for
precise tuning (X band is between 8 GHz and 12 GHz).
uses a homemade 60-centimeter dish and relies on software-defined
radios (SDRs) to accomplish the task.
amateurs have been listening for signals from space since the 1957
of Sputnik 1, which transmitted at around 20 MHz.
4. New phishing attack uses Morse code to hide
Starting Feb 2nd, a threat actor began
utilizing Morse code to hide malicious URLs
in their phishing
form to bypass secure mail gateways and mail filters.
BleepingComputer could not find any references to Morse code
being used in phishing
attacks in the past, making this a novel
The phishing attack starts with an
email pretending to be an invoice for the company.
includes an HTML attachment named in such a way as to appear to be an
invoice for the company. When viewing the attachment in a
text editor, you can see
letters and numbers to Morse code. The script
then calls a
function to decode a Morse code string into a hexadecimal string.
injected into the HTML page. The injected scripts
combined with the HTML attachment
contain the various resources
necessary to render a fake Excel spreadsheet that
sign-in timed out and prompts them to enter their password again.
Once a user enters their password, the form submits the
password to a remote site
where the attacker can collect the
Phishing scams are becoming more intricate
every day as mail gateways become better
at detecting malicious
emails. As this phishing email uses attachments with double
-extension (xlxs and HTML), it is important to make sure that
extensions are enabled to make it easier to spot
-- Lawrence Abrams,
Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>