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  • ADSB SDR 'USB TV Stick' / Dongle Requirements

    Supplemental to information found at
    (spurred from user finding stick information not so forthcomming)

    If you do not chose to purchase a marketed 'ADSB stick' or USB TV Tuner via the suggested link there are specific requirements to be made aware of before purchasing generic sticks online

    USB specifications
    Must include (or be certain stick contains):
    Realtek/RTL2832 chip
    Rafael 820T/820T2 or E4000 (historic) tuners

    Adverts that specify 'Fitpower', 'FC0012' or 'FC0013' are NOT suitable for ADSB
    Refer table:

    Likewise if FR24feed/Dump1090 show: Found Fitipower FC0012 tuner - You will not feed.

    Standard or premium 'TV Sticks' that do not mention SDR(software defined radio), or the above key components specifically may not be suitable

    USB RPi power Draw
    TV Sticks often need external power booster to USB to keep some sticks 'alive' (USB power down) causing un-explainable errors. Likewise some extension USB cables can do this - an external 2-3Amp power supply is highly recommended before posting of issues.

    IF you have a stick, and wish to check it's health. Or confirm the chipset types, there are a number of methods depending on OS/computer availability

    NOTE: Feeding ADSB / FR24 is not USB task specific - It is only one of many other hobbiest projects the sticks are capable of
    Last edited by Oblivian; 2021-04-05, 22:50.
    Posts not to be taken as official support representation - Just a helpful uploader who tinkers

  • #2
    Thanks Oblivian. Excellent write-up. This guide was badly needed.


    • #3
      Does anyone on this eBay page qualify as compatible? ?