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    Just purchased a plug and play system. Is this really all I will need to get rolling?

    I understand basics, so it wont be talking over my head thats for sure. But I did invest in a system
    This is a TURN KEY 'Plug and Play' system!

    COMPLETE FlightAware System with best components includes:

    Raspberry PI 3 Model B + ADS-B 1090MHz Band-pass PRO STICK USB + SMA Filter plus Car Antenna for FlightAware

    I do understand I am not totally a plug and play issue, but will I need to do any other purchasing to run on my lap top system.
    ? Just a basic yes, you will need to purchase a blah blah blah answer is all I am looking or. Will what I am getting get me rolling?
    I have a silver acct. already. Thanks
    Sandhya

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    Car antennna usually must means really bad antenna. I wouldn't go with a kit, they are overpriced.
    (also some ship with the old yellow stick that doesn't include an internal filter, the external filter is still good with the blue stick but the internal filter improves reception)

    This is a decent cheap antenna: https://www.ebay.de/itm/1pcs-ADS-B-P...E/253915016420
    (should be easy to find on your ebay as well, look for the same seller)

    Then buy the required length of coax, CFD200 or LMR200 is decent. No RP-SMA, must have SMA connectors.
    SMA male to male adapter is also needed for this antenna.

    As a stick i'd recommend the Flightaware Pro Stick Plus (blue one) plus their filter.

    rtl-sdr 1090 MHz LNA + rtl-sdr v3 stick gives better reception but needs some settings changed so the LNA gets power.

    Then you want a current RPi 3, a 8 or 16 GB sd-card, the RPi Official power supply.

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    How are you going to power RPi in a car?
    How will you get internet in a car?
    Last edited by abcd567; 2019-06-02 at 09:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abcd567 View Post
    How are you going to power RPi in a car?
    How will you get internet in a car?
    This is for home use, I have wifi. Course I would like to travel with it as well, but given its for home use, with my wifi, do I need anything else? Does this only work with the one flight monitoring website?

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    Just a curious question here. If you have a FlightAware USB stick, isn't that configured for feeding to FlightAware?

    Is it possible to feed to Flightradar24 using a FlightAware USB stick?

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    Flightaware ProStick is not restricted to feed Flightaware only. You can feed any other site also.

    I use Flightaware ProStick and feed following sites from my Pi:

    1. FlightRadar24
    2. RadarBox24
    3. Flightaware
    4. Planefinder
    5. Adsbexchange
    6. Opensky-network


    The Flightaware ProStick (orange color) is actually standard DVB-T (RTL2832U+R820T2) with an RF-Amplifier chip added.

    The Flightaware ProStick Plus (dark blue color) is actually standard DVB-T (RTL2832U+R820T2), with an RF-Amplifier chip AND a 1090 Mhz SAW filter added.

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    I'd recommend starting with a
    Raspbian Stretch Lite sd-card image (and install dump1090-fa)
    or a
    piaware sd-card image. (Raspbian stretch lite with dump1090-fa and piaware preinstalled)

    Those make a better base for multiple feeders.
    The pi24 image comes with an outdated dump1090-mutability version.

    In both cases fr24feed is configured to use the Beast protocol as a network receiver with the host being 127.0.0.1 (points back to the originating machine) and port 30005.
    (while dump1090 is not a Beast receiver it is the primary protocol used by dump1090)
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    A search matching Sandhya60's description of kit brought two close results, one at Amazon, other at Ebay. Both are priced $149.99 + Shipping (too much, over priced). Generally, the suppled car antenna performs low to moderate, but is not a high performer.

    At Amazon
    FA kit amazon.jpg

    At Ebay
    FA kit ebay.jpg
    Last edited by abcd567; 2019-06-02 at 17:12.

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    Various options for feeding multiple sites from Pi:

    How to Feed Data to Multiple Sites - A Brief Guide

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    well now interesting story, I am attempting to link it to the flightaware system. It cannot see it. according to who I bought it from it is a plug and play. Well...no...so then I asked them and they said the antenna needs to be plugged into my wifi router? wtf? So why cant it be plugged into my C cable connection in my lap top if the lap top is running on wifi? Does that mean that it runs off of the wifi device, not off of the computer? then how would it be portable if I took my lap top somewhere else where there is another wifi? anyone?

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