Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by EA1BDF, Aug 10, 2017.

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  1. EA1BDF

    EA1BDF Ham Member QRZ Page

    The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology.

    Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts say are vulnerable to jamming by hackers.

    About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea and the stakes are high in increasingly crowded shipping lanes. Unlike aircraft, ships lack a back-up navigation system and if their GPS ceases to function, they risk running aground or colliding with other vessels.

    South Korea is developing an alternative system using an earth-based navigation technology known as eLoran, while the United States is planning to follow suit. Britain and Russia have also explored adopting versions of the technology, which works on radio signals.

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  2. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I figured this would be coming.

    We depend on satellites and drugs to much. :eek:
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  3. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Backup for long range navigation is great; now if only the USN could figure out how to stop running into other ships or each other. :oops:
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  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was thinking maybe this is a cover up for that incident.

    Smoke on the water.

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  5. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unfortunately, not just one incident. The recent collision involving the USS Fitzgerald off Japan is only the latest.

    Check out the crash of the USS Porter in 2012, and also USS Hartford in 2009, thankfully both with no loss of life. Both, ironically, occurred in essentially the same place, ie, Straight of Hormuz too.

    The latter had some interesting info in the Investigation Findings; the musical analogy fits one of the causes too, ie, "At the time of the collision, the navigator was listening to an iPod in the wardroom."
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  6. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Backup navigation? What happened to this method?
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  7. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    And into lighthouses-----

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    How quickly we forget...

    (about)The last radionavigational aid was OMEGA. In addition to GPS, what killed OMEGA was the fear, in some countries, the the station locations were prime targets for nuclear attack (to wipe out the service).

    Dumb to kill it off.
  9. AK7ER

    AK7ER Ham Member QRZ Page

    Back in the day when I ran commercial ships in Southeast Alaska (1990's), we often would not have LORAN or enough GPS signals due to the mountainous terrain. We did it "old school" by plotting every 15 or 30 minutes on a paper chart and did dead reckoning navigation. My observation is navigators are getting lax and not following well established navigation protocols to ensure safe voyages. Even in if the satellites are available, power outages happen aboard ships that cause electronic equipment to not function. The "modern" equipment is great, but you need to have a "Plan B" (and practice those skills to keep them sharp) in case the primary means of navigation fail.

    Goodness, did I just make an argument for keeping CW alive and well in radio;-)
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  10. KC9TUS

    KC9TUS Ham Member QRZ Page

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