What the world needs now, is HAM sweet HAM

Jonathan Tomek

Jonathan Tomek

Speaker Bio

Jonathan enjoys long hacks on the beach, sitting next to a fire reading some RFCs, and smooth indian jazz. If you get to know him, you will come to find he does the same thing every night, tries to take over the world. Oh, and he does some stuff with THOTCON.


Do you know why the hacker community is so interested in HAM radio? You probably do; it is the ultimate nerd hobby. It invokes a variety of abilities involving multiple competencies and skills. What skills you may ask? Too many to list here…

Devices from IoT to satellites to power meters all use radio signals to communicate. Since security is often an after-thought, it is the wild west in the radio realm for a hacker.

Let’s introduce you to some things to increase your appetite for becoming a HAM. Whether you have an SDR laying around or hand-held you have had since the last hackercon, you should to know how to use it. For those HAMs out there, this should still get you excited to try something new. Since it wouldn’t be Cyphercon without the “cypher”, there will be some fun things here to spir the curiosity in your old hackerself.