An spiced up introduction into the world of satellite telecommunications. We'll begin at reception setup. Explain theory behind the technical part of satellite telecommunications and finally present the variety of signals flowing down from orbit to the reciever. Several hack-valued topics will be covered. Such as "Be your own satellite broadcaster", fascinating data traffic, "Who else is listening?" and self made recieving/transmitting gear. WarTracking as deducted from WarDriving and Satellite Tracking is a traditional field of interest to the technically talented (aka nerd), though only few master the obstacles on the way to successfull advanced satellite listening. Our journey will begin at the basics. We'll explain terms and definitions of WarTracking to assure an equalized level of understanding for the attending audience. As our Journey proceeds the listeners will learn about satellite-orbit calculation / prediction for non-geosynchronous orbits and the technical requirements for reception of such satellites. We'll also stop by to revisit past noteworthy events such as live-military-war footage on non suspicious commercial TV-transponders. A main part of this Lecture will be the current situation "up there" including information on easy but fascinating catches for the beginning WarTracker. We'll shed a light on the often neglected commercial broadcast satellite transponders carrying fascinating payload. Then audience will be taken one step further: "Ever wanted to be a satellite broadcaster heard around the world? - No Problem!". There are several ways for low budget *active* fun with satellites - some of them even are legal. ;) Rounding up the journey we'll also have a look at the commercial "WarTrackers" and the enormous efforts undertaken by them (Echelon, Satos). Finally we'll try to draw a picture of what the near and not so near future holds for us WarTrackers. Everything concluded by an open Q&A session with much space for in-depth discussions that will continue outside the lecture room.
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