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OT: What are those....

Discussion in 'UO Siege Perilous' started by Ole Cheapy, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Ole Cheapy

    Ole Cheapy Guest

    devices called that are used to point at people's houses (scanner?) to catch cable pirates? Whoever gets the correct answer will get an in game treat from me.
  2. Mogluk

    Mogluk Guest

    are you talking about the TDR ? it sends a bullet signal to a black box" to shut it down
  3. Mogluk

    Mogluk Guest

    your probably thinking of the "cuckoo" method. its actually 2 pronged they send a low leak signal (~100 mhz). then the cable company just drives around with hand held recievers tuned to their frequency
  4. Ole Cheapy

    Ole Cheapy Guest

    yeah what are the things called (handheld) that the cable company drives around using to catch people? You're on ur way for the in game treat!
  5. Mogluk

    Mogluk Guest

    I dont know what the "name" is its a simple VHF tracking reciever I can make em at work....

  6. Lorddog

    Lorddog Crazed Zealot
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Oct 25, 2004
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    as mo said

    Bullet Busters
    On Wednesday, the 13th of March 1991, American Cablevision of Queens, New
    York, sent the first electronic "Bullet". This so-called "Bullet" was in
    fact, an electronic signal directed to unauthorized cable boxes causing
    them to turn-off. Approximately 300+ unsuspecting customers then called the
    cable company to complain and were subsequently taken to court for cable

    The "Bullet" works by ordering the computer processor within the cable box
    to lock-up if it is authorized for all channels. Since pirate chips
    installed in a cable box would authorize all channels, the TV "goes black".


    There are several methods; here are some of the more popular. The first
    method is somewhat costly to the cable company, and is used usually only
    when they think they have a thief. A device called a Time-Domain
    Reflectometer(TDR) is used to send a timed signal from the cable line
    outside you home to your decoder.

    The reflected energy of the signal is measured and then compared to
    previous measurements to find a time difference which would indicate that
    the box has been tampered with. Pirates were able to get around this by
    installing an in-line amplifier which would weaken the reflected signal.
    One problem with TDR is that you need previous readings, which are not
    usually taken at the time of installation for a reference point.

    The second way is to modulate an identification signal onto the cable line
    at about 108 MHz. This signal sounds something like a "cuckoo", and "leaks"
    from the converter box where it can be picked up by cable company employees
    outside of suspected pirates homes using hand held receivers. Unfortunately
    the signals sent by the cable companies can also cause interference with FM
    reception within the home....
  7. Kael

    Kael Certifiable
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    May 16, 2008
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    Mo'Gluk the Terrorist!!!
  8. Sweeney

    Sweeney Guest

    Hmm, I may need to build a lead shield.
  9. Sweeney

    Sweeney Guest

    This thread is discussing violations of any law.. why hasn't it been locked? Whereas the threads not discussing law breaking were?
  10. Touzoko

    Touzoko Certifiable
    Stratics Veteran

    Dec 7, 2008
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    the cable companies don't want it locked. They are reading these posts as you speak.....
    besides- it is on how to CATCH the thieves, not promoting it