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Thread: ADSB SDR 'USB TV Stick' / Dongle Requirements

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    ADSB SDR 'USB TV Stick' / Dongle Requirements

    Supplemental to information found at https://www.flightradar24.com/build-your-own
    (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: https://osmocom.org/projects/rtl-sdr/wiki/Rtl-sdr

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

    Windows Drivers
    Do NOT install supplied windows drivers
    Zadig tool required to talk to USB stick directly
    https://zadig.akeo.ie/
    Major Windows updates will require this to be reinstalled

    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.

    Pi24 and 3 B+
    The FR24 'Pi24' image does not currently appear compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
    Thank you for contacting Flightradar24.com.

    That is correct, Pi24 doesn't work with 3b+ at the moment I am afraid. You would need to use Raspbian image and install a decoder and then install fr24 software.
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    Best Regards,
    Muazzam
    Pi 3b+ owners should install Raspian and follow the normal/manual installation processes until confirmed


    NOTE: Feeding ADSB / FR24 is not USB task specific - It is only one of many other hobbiest projects the sticks are capable of
    https://www.rtl-sdr.com/about-rtl-sdr/
    Last edited by Oblivian; 2018-07-31 at 03:08.
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    Thanks Oblivian. Excellent write-up. This guide was badly needed.

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