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    hi this is my first post on here so i don't know weather this is even in the right place but here i go,
    so i want to go and buy my self a receiver but i have seen some rumors on other forums that it is illegal to use one in the uk? can i have conformatioin on that before i spend 150 on one,
    thanks connor

  • #2
    The legality of using a Mode-S receiver in the UK hasn't been determined in a court of law. The same "rules" apply to the use of radio scanners and it's more to do with the "re-broadcasting" of information rather than listening.

    I've owned a Mode-S receiver since 2005 and am openly posting on most of the Mode-S forums as well as running my own. So far no one has knocked on my door and driven me off to the local police station.

    Go ahead, spend 150 and enjoy the radarspotting hobby. When I started in 2005 there was only one Mode-S receiver and it cost 500. And 7 years later it's still working fine.

    And if you do buy a receiver, there are lots of free guides on how to get the most out of the hobby on the Radarspotting.com forum which is also free to join and where you'll get help if you need it.
    Mike


    www.radarspotting.com

    Radarspotting since 2005

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    • #3
      Ofcom state:
      "The services that can be listened to under the definition of general reception are:
      a) licensed broadcasting stations;
      b) amateur and citizens' band radio transmissions; and
      c) weather and navigation transmissions. "

      Ofcom don't mention asdb.

      For < 150 your choices will include:
      The MicroADSB http://46.40.125.13:8000/
      The Bullion http://46.40.125.13:8000/
      The miniADSB kit http://web1745.kostenlos-onlineshop...._id=501&page=0
      The GNS 5890 ADS-B Receiver USB Stick http://www.gns-gmbh.com/shop

      All of these receivers are discussed in great detail in the Other receiver forum at RadarSpotters.
      Dan.

      Compare all plane tracking receivers on one website.

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      • #4
        One thing I should have mentioned is that for 150 you can usually get a pre-owned Kinetic or RadarBox receiver on eBay.

        Unlike the cheaper receivers these products have their own proprietary software.
        Last edited by Anmer; 2012-08-03, 09:44.
        Mike


        www.radarspotting.com

        Radarspotting since 2005

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        • #5
          I would recommend a pre-owned Kinetic unit instead of the €100-class "crap". We have tried several of these units and you get what you pay for, in some cases I could actually see longer that the units covered.

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          • #6
            Thanks Mike.

            Would you include the GNS 5890 in that description?
            Mike


            www.radarspotting.com

            Radarspotting since 2005

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Anmer View Post
              Thanks Mike.

              Would you include the GNS 5890 in that description?
              Yes... I have tried 2 different GNS 5890 units with very bad result. They claim it's a problem with my units and have sent me a third one, but until I have seen real coverage I would not recommend it. As mentioned in another thread I can see aircraft (contrails) about 300 km in western direction, but I can only track them about 100-150 km with GNS 5890.

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              • #8
                Thanks Mike. I have just acquired a GNS 5890 and will be testing it next week.

                Should be interesting to compare it with the SBS-1/3 models I have here.
                Mike


                www.radarspotting.com

                Radarspotting since 2005

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