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    2019 - PI24 (Image) QuickStart Guide

    STEP-1: Download Necessary Software

    1.1 - Download PI24 image (zip) on your Desktop/Laptop

    1.2 - Download and Install Win32DiskImager (Windows) OR Etcher (Win & Mac). Only one of these two softwares is enough. No need to download and install both.

    STEP-2: Prepare microSD Card

    2.1 - Insert microSD Card in your Desktop/Laptop’s card slot (or use a card reader plugged into USB Port).

    2.2 - Unzip downloaded PI24 file to get .img file.

    2.3 - Write the unzipped Pi24 image to microSD Card using Win32DiskImager or Etcher.

    STEP-3 : Enable WiFi
    If you want your Pi to connect to local network/internet using a WIRED connection to router, skip this step.

    To use WiFi to connect Pi to local network/internet, the WiFi configuration should be done after image is written, and while the microSD Card is still in the Laptop/Desktop. For details please see following post:

    How To Enable WiFi

    Use only one connection at a time, either wired or WiFi.
    It is not recommended to use both simultaneously

    STEP-4: First Boot of RPI
    Eject & remove microSD card from card reader, insert into RPi, power up the RPi.

    STEP-5: Access and control of RPi from Desktop/Laptop using SSH
    You can access Pi and issue commands by connecting a Monitor and Keyboard to your RPi.
    However use of SSH enables you to issue commands from your Desktop/Laptop and eliminates the need to connect a Monitor and Keyboard to your RPi.

    For Remote access and SSH, please see following posts:

    - How To Access and Control RPi from Desktop/Laptop using SSH

    - IP Address Finders


    Activation will require you to enter your details (email, sharing key, latitude, longitude, antenna height etc)

    If you already had a sharing key, you can retrive it as follows.

    1. Go to and log-in to your FR24 account.

    2. After login, go to this page to find feeder keys:

      FR24 - Find Keys.png

    Go to activate page linked below, and follow instruction to activate your Feeder Station.

    NOTE: Both the RPi and your computer (from which you visit the activate page) should be on same Local Network (router) when activating.

    The activation page often malfunctions, and does not list your Pi. Instead it sends you to another page which incorrectly instructs to SSH into your Raspberry Pi and execute the standard install command

    Do not execute this command. It often fails without completing activation process due to GPG key problem.

    Instead use the signup command given below. This command completes Signup and Activation process without any problem.

    SSH to RPi (see STEP-5 above) and give following commands:
    sudo mount -o remount,rw /
    fr24feed --signup
    Step 1.1 - Enter your email address (username@domain.tld)

    Step 1.2 - If you used to feed FR24 with ADS-B data before enter your sharing key.
    If you don't remember your sharing key, pelase use the retrival form:

    Otherwise leave this field empty and continue.
    $: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Leave key entry blank if you dont have a key

    After completing above details, you will then reach following stage.
    Supply inputs as shown in red:

    Step 4.1 - Receiver selection (in order to run MLAT please use DVB-T stick with dump1090 utility bundled with fr24feed):

    1 - DVBT Stick (USB)
    2 - SBS1/SBS1er (USB/Network)
    3 - SBS3 (USB/Network)
    4 - ModeS Beast (USB/Network)
    5 - AVR Compatible (DVBT over network, etc)
    6 - microADSB (USB/Network)
    7 - SBSx via Basestation (localhost:30006)

    Enter your receiver type (1-7)$: 1
    Checking for dump1090...FOUND

    Step 4.3 - Enter your additional dump1090 arguments or leave empty

    Step 5.1 - Would you like to enable RAW data feed on port 30002 (yes/no)$: no

    Step 5.2 - Would you like to enable Basestation data feed on port 30003 (yes/no)$: no

    Step 6A - Please select desired logfile mode:
    0 - Disabled
    1 - 48 hour, 24h rotation
    2 - 72 hour, 24h rotation
    Select logfile mode (0-2)$: 1

    Step 6B - Please enter desired logfile path (/var/log/fr24feed):

    Saving settings to /etc/fr24feed.ini...OK
    Settings saved, please run "sudo systemctl restart fr24feed" to use new configuration.

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo systemctl restart fr24feed

    STEP-7: Checks

    At the time of conduction following checks, both the RPi and your Desktop/Laptop should be on same Local Network (router).
    The IP-of-Pi used below will be something like and can be found as shown in step 7.1 below.

    6.1 - Check Status in PuTTY

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ fr24feed-status 
    [ ok ] FR24 Feeder/Decoder Process: running.
    [ ok ] FR24 Stats Timestamp: 2019-07-21 23:10:34.
    [ ok ] FR24 Link: connected [UDP].
    [ ok ] FR24 Radar: T-CYYZ88.
    [ ok ] FR24 Tracked AC: 51.
    [ ok ] Receiver: connected (1047 MSGS/0 SYNC).
    [ ok ] FR24 MLAT: ok [UDP].
    [ ok ] FR24 MLAT AC seen: 29.
    6.2 - Check Status in Browser of your Desktop/Laptop

    6.2.1 - To check that feeder is working OK, open your browser and type following address and press Enter Key.


    6.2.2 - To check that dump1090 is working OK, open your browser and type following address and press Enter Key.


    To check settings (or modify settings if needed), open your browser and type following address and press Enter Key.


    After making changes, press "Save" button, then "Restart" button.
    Both these buttons are at bottom-right corner of settings page.

    See below screenshot of settings page
    Pi24 Settings.png

    STEP-9: Installation of Data Feeders of Other Sites
    Please see Post #6 below
    Last edited by abcd567; 2019-09-29 at 23:00.

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