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  • #16
    Originally posted by tarbat View Post
    Nearly there. And at least the ShipTrax hardware and software will have had extensive beta testing by real users.
    It sure has.

    AirNav announcement:

    May 2008
    We are looking for 2 beta testers for the AirNav ShipTrax application. The software is almost finished, the hardware is still 2 months to be ready. We need someone very close to a VERY BUSY shipping area (Rotterdam? Northern Europe?) who already has an AIS receiver sending data over the serial port.
    Send me a private message if you meet the above conditions.

    The totally new AirNav ShipTrax web page was just uploaded by our team.
    Each week we are getting closer to the release date of this new innovative application
    .

    But will anyone be willing to buy ShipTrax when it eventually hits the shops, especially when there are much cheaper alternatives? Time will tell, though I suspect many may have given up waiting, especially after reading AirNav's hype:

    http://www.radarspotters.eu/forum/in...32906#msg32906
    Mike


    www.radarspotting.com

    Radarspotting since 2005

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    • #17
      The SBS-3 Virtual Radar with SDR has Landed at ML&S.
      In stock now & Ready for shipping!
      http://www.hamradio.co.uk/acatalog/A..._Avionics.html
      http://www.hamradio.co.uk/

      Dealers:
      http://www.kinetic.co.uk/howtobuysbs-1.php
      Brian

      www.RadarSpotters.eu
      [ Feeder Station List ][ Map ][ Latest Feeders Rank Stats ][ ImRadarFeeder.com Radar Feeders WorldWide Map ][ VRS Feeder List ] (NEW)

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      • #18
        From the numerous posts on the Kinetic and Radarspotters' forums, there appear to be a few issues with the SBS-3. Some of the advertised features don't appear to be included and the software defined radios are causing a few headaches. Kinetic closed down for 3 weeks just as the SBS-3 started shipping and there are still lots of unanswered questions from early customers.

        But those with 500 to spare get an automatic invitation to join the SBS-3 beta testing team.

        I for one won't be rushing out to get one.
        Mike


        www.radarspotting.com

        Radarspotting since 2005

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        • #19
          I plan to get an SBS-3. Will FR24 feed program see the UAT traffic that the SBS-3 sees?
          F-KPNS2
          T-KPNS2

          United States: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
          Europe: Abandoned, Forgotten and Little Known Airfields

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          • #20
            What UAT traffic are you expecting the SBS-3 to pick up?

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            • #21
              I expect to pickup more smaller aircraft (non-jets).
              F-KPNS2
              T-KPNS2

              United States: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
              Europe: Abandoned, Forgotten and Little Known Airfields

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              • #22
                The SBS-3 will only receive Mode-S data transmitted on 1090 MHz. That includes those that send positional data and those that do not.

                The US uniquely has 978 MHz UAT data but the SBS-3 doesn't handle this.

                The FR24 feeder software will only plot those that transmit positional data. So if you pick up a non-positional transmission on your SBS-3, the BaseStation software will show it in the aircraft list but cannot plot it on its map.

                The SDR part of the SBS-3 can receive ACARS messages which BaseStation can display in a rudimentary ACARS list but FR24 doesn't use this data.

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                • #23
                  What about ADS-R and TIS-B support?
                  F-KPNS2
                  T-KPNS2

                  United States: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
                  Europe: Abandoned, Forgotten and Little Known Airfields

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                  • #24
                    TIS-B messages can be processed but they may be meaningless as the actual aircraft is hard to identify.

                    As for ADS-R, you need to be located very close to the rebroadcasting ground station.

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