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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme2812 View Post
    I've decided to go for a kit as listed at thepiehut (Can't post link unfortunately due to low post counts) and it includes;

    *Latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (64bit Quad Core, 1GB RAM)
    *8GB or 16GB Sandisk Ultra Class 10 MicroSD (pre-imaged with NOOBS)
    *Official Raspberry Pi 5.1V 2.5A International Power Supply (for UK, EU, USA & AUS)
    *Black Raspberry Pi 3 Case
    *2M HDMI cable
    *2M Ethernet Cable


    All for £50!

    Will also purchase from jetvision.de ;

    *ADS-B USB Dongle (R820T) + Small Indoor Antenna

    I'm hoping this will be all I need to get started. One thing I just released (I hope) is that this kit has the potential to be mobile. Assuming it can be powered and has an active internet/Wi-Fi/hotspot available?
    This is pretty much the same kit I'm going to use as well, except I also ordered the Flightaware antenna + cables. I received the Pi already and I have a package waiting for me at the post office. I hope it's the ADS-B stick + indoor antenna so I can start testing this weekend, but I have ordered so much stuff lately that it could be something else too... I haven't had time to get an ethernet cable up to the attic so the setup will be dependent on wi-fi to begin with, but at least I got electricity there now

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    Quote Originally Posted by abcd567 View Post
    Its name at birth was "1/4 wavelength sleeved dipole", but later I changed it to Cantenna.
    lol...Cantenna sounds better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmax View Post
    This is pretty much the same kit I'm going to use as well, except I also ordered the Flightaware antenna + cables.
    I thought the price for the starter kit was quite reasonable. I may even buy a second board/kit to play around with!

    Judging by feedback here, the FlightAware antenna/USB seems to be the way to go so that will probably change from the above list.

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    Thanks again all for the advice. It appears I have (briefly) returned to the drawing board with regards to the USB receiver however!

    Sticking with the Rasberry Pi starter kit found here

    In terms of the Antenna/receiver, I'm now thinking (after the advice from this thread i might add) the FlightAware Pro USB Stick. I had seen at this before but for some reason it I overlooked it a little. I didn't realize it came with built in amp. I'm also looking at the FlightAware ADS-B 1090Mhz Band-pass SMA Filter and the 1090Mhz ADS-B Antenna 66cm / 26in and some Coaxial cable which i think should allow the Pi, USB stick, SMA Filter, and Antenna all to connect together without any need for soldering parts (It's been years since I've soldered!

    This all comes in a pack option on Amazon UK for around £70. It does however bump the price up a little, but still within budget. The antenna being the most expensive at around £40. I did have a look but I can't see anything else that is suitable for a much lower price.

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    All you need now is a means of programming the micro SD card from your PC. Suitable usb -> card adaptors on eBay either via Standard SD card convertor or direct.
    Look forward to progress report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmax View Post
    I received the Pi already and I have a package waiting for me at the post office. I hope it's the ADS-B stick + indoor antenna so I can start testing this weekend, but I have ordered so much stuff lately that it could be something else too... I haven't had time to get an ethernet cable up to the attic so the setup will be dependent on wi-fi to begin with, but at least I got electricity there now
    It was the ADS-B stick and antenna I took the easy route and used the FR24 image, enabled wi-fi on the Pi and that was it. Getting the Business subscription as a result was a lot more confusing as I didn't get an email or any other communication that it was activated, but perhaps it's just me.

    Getting the DUMP1090 map showing up at x.x.x.x:8080/ required some investigating, but adding "--net --net-http-port 8080" to the process arguments at x.x.x.x:8754/settings.html sorted that out (x.x.x.x = IP of my Pi). After some poking around with the settings I also got Virtual Radar Server ("VRS") to work, the only problem is my max. range is very low at the moment (62 nm) so there's not much to see on the map. The small indoor antenna (uncut and sitting on a tin can ground plane) is still on the first floor in a window facing south, but later today I'll move it to the attic (about 4 m higher up) and see what difference that makes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boab View Post
    All you need now is a means of programming the micro SD card from your PC. Suitable usb -> card adaptors on eBay either via Standard SD card convertor or direct.
    Look forward to progress report.
    Thats everything ordered now. I've gone for the components previously mentioned. As part of the pack there is a mSD card with Raspbian pre-installed and I have USB SD card adapter along with SD card reader on my PC so should hopefully be sorted in this regard for being able to programme the Pi.

    Definitely will come back with a progress update. Thanks again all for the advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmax View Post
    the only problem is my max. range is very low at the moment (62 nm) so there's not much to see on the map. The small indoor antenna (uncut and sitting on a tin can ground plane) is still on the first floor in a window facing south, but later today I'll move it to the attic (about 4 m higher up) and see what difference that makes.
    Moving the antenna 4-5 m up did indeed extend the max. range from 62 to 138 nm. Of course single vs. triple-glazed window may also play a part of the improvement. Cutting the antenna from original length to a total of 67 mm (15+52 mm) did not improve the range, but I don't know if I'm now seeing more planes as my unscientific approach made it difficult to compare the results reliably. The next step is testing the FlightAware 1090 antenna in the same spot when it arrives.

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    So I'm hoping to have delivery of all the components by 23rd Aug. I think some of them are coming from Germany via FlightAware/Amazon.

    I've had a look at http://www.heywhatsthat.com/ (Thanks to abcd567 for the link) and the my coverage doesn't look ideal thanks to the surrounding hilly terrain where i am unfortunately. I had a feeling this would be the case. I was hoping my receiver would pick up a lot of the VFR traffic we have around here, typically around the 1000ft - 5000ft range. Between my location and my local airport there are quite a few hills to overcome, so despite it only being 3 miles away, I doubt coverage will be very good towards this location. If my understanding of ADS-B being typically line of sight reception due to the higher freqs is correct? I'm hoping to have my antenna 15/20ft AGL but indoors unfortunately. The surrounding terrain will be the biggest issue.

    Theoretical reception of traffic around 2000ft in Orange and 5000ft in Blue
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    Theoretical reception of traffic around 10000ft in Orange and 35000ft in Blue
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    Sectional terrain view between my location and local airport.
    Sectional View.jpg

    My primary aim will be to have the receiver feed data to FR24, so I'm going to (try to!) follow the instructions here initially once I have my head around the OS.

    I will eventually be looking to use the receiver on a more mobile basis (I'll need to get a much smaller antenna for that) and link it up to an android mobile so i can use it if I am out and about.....but thats another chapter!

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    Hello Graeme
    I recently tried the Flightradar24 and FlightAware 3.0.3 SD card images both are very simple to get working and require no RPi knowledge - unless things go horribly wrong ;-)
    Both give a nice map of the planes you see on web port 8080, from the dump1090 software they use.
    Have you bought some spare microSD cards? I recently bought some Samsung 16GB EVO class 10 cards from eBay for £5 each. I have been using Samsung 16Gb class 10 cards about a year and find them very reliable.

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