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(Ars Technica)   GPS went NBG over DFW this past Monday   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Air traffic control, cause of mysterious GPS interference, Global navigation satellite system, known cause, GPS, air traffic controllers of GPS interference, reports of issues, researcher Brad Haines  
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2022-10-20 10:41:30 AM  
"With no known cause, experts can only speculate. "

Sounds like a test run to me.
 
2022-10-20 11:31:00 AM  
I saw this on The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch last season...

It's gotta be aliens!!
 
2022-10-20 11:45:10 AM  
The USAF DGAF.  Switch to BeiDou if you want reliability.
 
2022-10-20 11:52:09 AM  
WTFBBQ?
 
2022-10-20 11:52:32 AM  
Probably one of the jerkoffs that cause all sorts of problems on the ham bands.
 
2022-10-20 11:57:05 AM  
NBG? Is that short for something...

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2022-10-20 11:58:48 AM  
Sorry about that.¹


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¹ Not sorry.
 
2022-10-20 12:00:28 PM  
Cool, now I got another neat map to look at.
GPSjam.org
 
2022-10-20 12:01:27 PM  
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2022-10-20 12:03:55 PM  
If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.
 
2022-10-20 12:04:08 PM  
Was Alec Baldwin playing Words With Friends in the vicinity?
 
2022-10-20 12:06:11 PM  
Somebody flummoxed a thing with a thing bought at Radio Shack?
 
2022-10-20 12:08:01 PM  

NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.


Also jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive.
 
2022-10-20 12:10:48 PM  

Merltech: Cool, now I got another neat map to look at.
GPSjam.org


Nice little satellites you got there.  Be a shame if something happened.

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2022-10-20 12:13:06 PM  

Nick Nostril: NBG? Is that short for something...

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NBG == No Bloody Good

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/6e35d279-d1e0-4b2a-ba6f-f04663ac3919#rKQ26qbe.copy
 
2022-10-20 12:14:43 PM  
There was a similar case near Newark, where a trucker didn't like that his boss could track him via GPS. He installed a cheap GPS jammer (which isn't legal, but easily available) to jam the device in his truck, but ended up disrupting Newark air traffic over a number of days because he tended to drive the same route every day. The FCC fined him $31,875.

The difficulty with GPS is that it's a really low power signal, and so easy to jam.
 
2022-10-20 12:14:56 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The USAF DGAF.  Switch to BeiDou if you want reliability.


You mean the service that takes us back to 1990s with selective availability and 10-meter precision for civilians?
 
2022-10-20 12:17:18 PM  
Why do they need GPS for inertia navigation, I thought they were on instruments?

Airplane! - On Instruments
Youtube zUOB-BkSMa8
 
2022-10-20 12:20:14 PM  
Can fark has a Texas Tag?
 
2022-10-20 12:22:55 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Why do they need GPS for inertia navigation, I thought they were on instruments?

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/zUOB-BkSMa8]


They need to use it while soaking the reeds.
 
2022-10-20 12:24:08 PM  
Here's an interesting little video and channel. Made me aware of the GPS jam.
SITREP 10.19.22 - Where Are All of the Bombers? - YouTube

This video is apparently a weekly feature. Also very interesting.
SITREP 10.17.22 - Global Recon - YouTube
 
2022-10-20 12:24:24 PM  

PiperArrow: There was a similar case near Newark, where a trucker didn't like that his boss could track him via GPS. He installed a cheap GPS jammer (which isn't legal, but easily available) to jam the device in his truck, but ended up disrupting Newark air traffic over a number of days because he tended to drive the same route every day. The FCC fined him $31,875.

The difficulty with GPS is that it's a really low power signal, and so easy to jam.


That might be more apparent if the jamming location moved during the day, but TFA doesn't seem to mention that.
 
2022-10-20 12:25:39 PM  

wiredroach: Sorry about that.¹


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¹ Not sorry.


<csb>
Now that both he and my late wife are dead, I can relate this without fear of punishment.  DFW would often wear cargo shorts and no underwear to informal faculty gatherings when they worked together. His penchant for propping a leg up on things resulted in my wife getting a clear view of Lil' David more than once
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2022-10-20 12:26:00 PM  

leeto2: "With no known cause, experts can only speculate. "

Sounds like a test run to me.


Came here to say the same.
The hacker side of my brain doesn't believe in coincidence.
 
2022-10-20 12:28:09 PM  

wiredroach: Sorry about that.¹


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¹ Not sorry.


Man, Johnny Depp is lookin' rough.
 
2022-10-20 12:28:14 PM  
Russians.

Just like the Shetland Islands getting their undersea cable cut.
GPS being played around with .

No doubt there are calls happening to just give a heads up of what could happen.
 
2022-10-20 12:29:58 PM  

goodncold: Russians.

Just like the Shetland Islands getting their undersea cable cut.
GPS being played around with .

No doubt there are calls happening to just give a heads up of what could happen.


To continue this thought I think we can expect a few more things like power stations going down. NG pipeline valves getting stuck open/closed.

Just random enough for it to be dismissed but it will keep people wondering how bad it could get.
 
2022-10-20 12:36:31 PM  

goodncold: goodncold: Russians.

Just like the Shetland Islands getting their undersea cable cut.
GPS being played around with .

No doubt there are calls happening to just give a heads up of what could happen.

To continue this thought I think we can expect a few more things like power stations going down. NG pipeline valves getting stuck open/closed.

Just random enough for it to be dismissed but it will keep people wondering how bad it could get.


They've already been messing with this with at ports.
 
2022-10-20 12:39:09 PM  

NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.


GLONBUTT and GLONBOOB satellites reported to survive.
 
2022-10-20 12:40:23 PM  

blasterz: wiredroach: Sorry about that.¹


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¹ Not sorry.

<csb>
Now that both he and my late wife are dead, I can relate this without fear of punishment.  DFW would often wear cargo shorts and no underwear to informal faculty gatherings when they worked together. His penchant for propping a leg up on things resulted in my wife getting a clear view of Lil' David more than once
</csb>


Talk about footnotes!
 
2022-10-20 12:42:23 PM  
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2022-10-20 12:42:54 PM  

WelldeadLink: PiperArrow: There was a similar case near Newark, where a trucker didn't like that his boss could track him via GPS. He installed a cheap GPS jammer (which isn't legal, but easily available) to jam the device in his truck, but ended up disrupting Newark air traffic over a number of days because he tended to drive the same route every day. The FCC fined him $31,875.

The difficulty with GPS is that it's a really low power signal, and so easy to jam.

That might be more apparent if the jamming location moved during the day, but TFA doesn't seem to mention that.


But it did move. Look at the animated tweet in TFA. It started to the northwest, and then ended up centered on Dallas. That's consistent with a truck or car driving to Dallas and then parking.

The main point is that very little power is required to jam GPS, especially in an airport terminal area as aircraft get closer to the ground.
 
2022-10-20 12:50:03 PM  

NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.


I still keep a paper-book road atlas in my vehicle.  How weird does that make me?

/a scout is always prepared
 
2022-10-20 12:55:52 PM  
They let ERCOT run GPS in Texas, didn't they?
 
2022-10-20 12:58:00 PM  

MurphyMurphy: NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.

I still keep a paper-book road atlas in my vehicle.  How weird does that make me?

/a scout is always prepared


Don't have, never used GPS..  moved here in '65, know the area well.  Do hvac, locate new addresses on Mapquest, relate them to known areas and drive straight to them.. they are then memorized.. meh...
 
2022-10-20 1:08:36 PM  
Sources say they are, however, down with OPP...

//yeah, you know me
 
2022-10-20 1:11:09 PM  
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2022-10-20 1:43:03 PM  

OlderGuy: MurphyMurphy: NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.

I still keep a paper-book road atlas in my vehicle.  How weird does that make me?

/a scout is always prepared

Don't have, never used GPS..  moved here in '65, know the area well.  Do hvac, locate new addresses on Mapquest, relate them to known areas and drive straight to them.. they are then memorized.. meh...


Weird flex bro.
 
2022-10-20 1:43:27 PM  

NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.


And the seas with wandering automated ships.
 
2022-10-20 1:48:05 PM  

NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.


Good thing we have backup navigational systems like LORAN....oh.
 
2022-10-20 2:11:13 PM  

FAC123: Here's an interesting little video and channel. Made me aware of the GPS jam.
SITREP 10.19.22 - Where Are All of the Bombers? - YouTube

This video is apparently a weekly feature. Also very interesting.
SITREP 10.17.22 - Global Recon - YouTube


I watched a little bit and subscribed because it does look interesting but the comments section is something else.
 
2022-10-20 2:19:06 PM  

Troy Aikman's Giant Thumbs: Marcus Aurelius: The USAF DGAF.  Switch to BeiDou if you want reliability.

You mean the service that takes us back to 1990s with selective availability and 10-meter precision for civilians?


If you get within 10 meters of your destination and still can't find it, I don't think a better satellite is going to help you
 
2022-10-20 2:29:08 PM  
GPS only functions because no one has really tried to hijack it yet. It's unprotected. Unauthenticated. And your receiver will just believe whatever the strongest transmitter is telling it. We are due for a mass GPS hijacking incident. But of course it will happen in Texas first because they probably have their own GPS signal so they aren't relying on the federal government, or something.
 
2022-10-20 2:38:43 PM  
Anyone got a PDP8/E laying around? Maybe we need to get LORAN-C up and running again.

http://dustyoldcomputers.com/pdp8/pdp8e/loranc.html
 
2022-10-20 2:47:30 PM  

SpectroBoy: OlderGuy: MurphyMurphy: NakedApe: If all hell breaks loose with Russia the GPS and GLONASS satellites will be jammed or destroyed. The sky will be filled with lost airplanes and the highways filled with lost truckers.

I still keep a paper-book road atlas in my vehicle.  How weird does that make me?

/a scout is always prepared

Don't have, never used GPS..  moved here in '65, know the area well.  Do hvac, locate new addresses on Mapquest, relate them to known areas and drive straight to them.. they are then memorized.. meh...

Weird flex bro.


Works well, but if I get amnesia, I'm screwed....
 
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2022-10-20 2:57:40 PM  

HeadbangerSmurf: Probably one of the jerkoffs that cause all sorts of problems on the ham bands.


I bet it's just some kid that got a new Baofeng.
 
2022-10-20 3:07:36 PM  
Last time this happened to DC airport it was because someone was running a GPS hammer on the work van so the bus wouldn't see him picking up his dry cleaning.
 
2022-10-20 3:37:23 PM  

RobotSpider: GPS only functions because no one has really tried to hijack it yet. It's unprotected. Unauthenticated. And your receiver will just believe whatever the strongest transmitter is telling it. We are due for a mass GPS hijacking incident. But of course it will happen in Texas first because they probably have their own GPS signal so they aren't relying on the federal government, or something.


Phones can fall back to A-GPS, planes have to fall back to radar.
 
2022-10-20 4:39:19 PM  

OlderGuy: Mapquest


I just assumed they weren't a thing anymore. Is AltaVista still around? What about web portals?
 
2022-10-20 5:47:02 PM  
Long ago aircraft used ADF but it costs too much to maintain the ADF transmitters according to the FAA.  An ADF transmitter is  a AM radio transmitter.  The logical way of dealing with the issue would have been to just use high power commercial AM transmitters as the ADF waypoints but the FAA wouldn't do that for some reason. It is trivial to jam a 25 watt transmitter that is sending out a morse code ID but it is far harder to jam WGN in Chicago with their 50,000 watts.  In a plane the ADF dial points to the radio station or lighting in thunderstorms. One of my pilot instructors would tune the ADF and listen to Rush Limbaugh on long flights. I quickly learned to pick training courses that required the ADF tuned to airports.

The system used before GPS was VOR and the oldest of those use a rotating antenna. VORs are calibrated to magnetic north so they have to screw with them every few years in addition to other normal maintenance.  Long ago there would often be 4 VOR transmitters around a major city with one at the airport. The one at DFW is the newest type and it is built on a platform on the south side between the roads but I would expect it to be one the last ones to be decommissioned.
 
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