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    Thanks southernCal for the update..................

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    Hm, thanks for the info, but lets see a running receiver.

    Dedicated 1090 MHz Tuner, Plus Two SDR Tuners :- AM / FM / VHF / UHF / 27Mhz - 980 MHZ / = 3 Tuners with 2 Antenna sockets, Filtering spurious signals, how ?

    common output for the 3 Tuners ?

    Plus Optional ACARS / UAT / AIS and many others. = price ?

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    The introduction of the word "optional" has raised a few concerns. Especially as the original SBS-1 was launched with an "options" to connect by Ethernet and use MapModeS (MMS) data sharing.

    The Ethernet option became, eventually, an expensive retrofit and MMS never appeared.
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    David Goodman (CEO Kinetic) has posted an SBS-3 update on the Kinetic forum.

    http://www.kinetic.co.uk/forums/view...9f9005c93a4eae

    Personally, I'm now confused as to what will or will not be included for the advertised price of GBP £499. What decoders and software will be included as "standard" and which will be optional and at what cost?

    When the SBS-3 was first announced (via a Radio User magazine exclusive), it was described as a combined ModeS and AIS receiver with two-channel software defined radio for VHF/UHF. The software would run under Windows or Apple MAC and would display ModeS and AIS data on the same screen.

    It now appears that the specification is a moving target with slightly blurred features. According to the Radio User article, availability would be September 2011 though Goodman's post claims the first units will be coming off the production line this Wednesday. Assuming these will be subject to extensive beta testing, I suspect the SBS-3 won't be available until early next year and it's anyone's guess what will or won't be included? Maybe ShipTrax will be available before then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anmer View Post
    Maybe ShipTrax will be available before then?
    Nearly there. And at least the ShipTrax hardware and software will have had extensive beta testing by real users.

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    Quote 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
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    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
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    Thumbs up

    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

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    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.
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    I plan to get an SBS-3. Will FR24 feed program see the UAT traffic that the SBS-3 sees?

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

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