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    Beast problems

    My Beast receiver has almost died; the rate of reports I see in my Flightaware stats is half what it used to be last year, so I gather a new Beast is indicated. It appears they do have a tendency to 'fade away' after a couple of years, just like old soldiers. I still get the aircraft, but at a much more limited range. Has anyone else notice a report rate dropoff in their Beast receiver.

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    Mine did. And $60 bill later he couldn't find anything wrong with it. What I did find was the dip switches in PP auto config made it go silly. Fixing them to forced settings sorted.

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    Mine did. And $60 bill later he couldn't find anything wrong with it. What I did find was the dip switches in PP auto config made it go silly. Fixing them to forced settings sorted.
    Thanks for that Oblivian. So the problem can be fixed in PP? I will have a looksee and get back to you if I my bafflement with tiny electronics continues.

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    What I did find was the dip switches in PP auto config made it go silly. Fixing them to forced settings sorted.
    In PP had a look at the switch settings in Options/Mode S receiver/Beast. Recommended settings are 3,5,8,9,10. Do I stick with that or change them to what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petenz View Post
    In PP had a look at the switch settings in Options/Mode S receiver/Beast. Recommended settings are 3,5,8,9,10. Do I stick with that or change them to what?
    I can't recall what I adjusted them to. But theyre now 'fixed' with the settings rather than auto mode (SW changable)

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    And if you do decide you want to replace it I'd be happy to talk to you about buying it

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    Sorry 41 South, this Beast was supplied by Planefinder and they have said they will replace it if I return the faulty Beast

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petenz View Post
    Sorry 41 South, this Beast was supplied by Planefinder and they have said they will replace it if I return the faulty Beast
    Ah right, I have one of their new boxes, didn't realize they were a beast on the inside

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    Ah right, I have one of their new boxes, didn't realize they were a beast on the inside
    What have you got from Planefinder? Is it a plain metal box or is it called a Radarcape, which is mostly a Beast with GPS clock info. Cost difference is enormous . Radarcape is 800 eurs, Beast is 230 Euros.

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    It's a black PF branded box of their own design, with GPS. Reminds me very much of a beast or FR24 box but a different case - but I haven't opened it up yet uploadfromtaptalk1467957800936.jpg

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