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    How can I check ADS-B coverage in my region?

    Hi, I hope this is the best forum for this question.

    How can I check to see if FR24 has an ADS-B receiver in my region (Phuket Airport, Thailand, HKT)?

    If it does not, I could provide a receiver to feed data to the FR24 web-site.

    I am a radio amateur, located 1km from HKT international airport.

    But I don't want to go to the expense/effort of providing a receiver if this region is already covered.

    Thanks for any advice

    Simon

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    You can get a an R820T dongle for under 10USD (ebay, singapore supplier) and see if you can make a difference with it, if it doesn't add anything - you could use it for a SDR reciever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterhr View Post
    You can get a an R820T dongle for under 10USD (ebay, singapore supplier) and see if you can make a difference with it, if it doesn't add anything - you could use it for a SDR reciever.
    Thanks for the reply, but I really want to know if this website already has coverage of my region HKT. I have no personal interest in watching flight data, but being a radio ham, I do have a very good location with radio masts and in a quiet radio location, just 1km from the airport, atop a small hill. (I own the airport hotels here).

    If I am going to provide coverage, then I prefer to do it with a professional installation, as opposed to a computer dongle. hence my initial post.

    How can I check if coverage is already provided in my region?

    Thanks

    Simon

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    Hi Si,

    Why dont you send this mail to Mike? He can be reached at support@fr24.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Thanks for the reply, but I really want to know if this website already has coverage of my region HKT. I have no personal interest in watching flight data, but being a radio ham, I do have a very good location with radio masts and in a quiet radio location, just 1km from the airport, atop a small hill. (I own the airport hotels here).

    If I am going to provide coverage, then I prefer to do it with a professional installation, as opposed to a computer dongle. hence my initial post.

    How can I check if coverage is already provided in my region?

    Thanks

    Simon
    Hi there Simon43,

    Welcome to the forum and thanks for your interest in providing ads-b coverage even though you are not that interested in watching flight data. A lot of us here do and will appreciate your efforts in getting phuket covered.

    There was one feeder that used to feed phuket T-VTSP1 but since 2 FR24 receivers F-VTSS1 and F-VTSB1 came online that radarcode has not been seen as the FR24 receivers processes data faster as well as have good GPS timing for timestamping. There is no ground coverage for phuket, and I remember range of T-VTSP1 was limited.

    You could try applying and since you have a mast the coverage should be very good. Coverage is a bit patchy west and north west of Phuket from existing receivers. You can apply for the free receiver here: http://www.flightradar24.com/free-ads-b-equipment
    With you that close to the airport, ground coverage would certainly be guaranteed. So hopefully they approve your application!

    Give it a go to apply, why not?

    Hope coverage for South East Asia keeps gets better! Hope this helps.

    NB: To answer your question whether Phuket is covered, some part is, but there is no ground coverage and is patchy over the Andaman Sea for Phuket. So there is some coverage, but your coverage will be most welcomed!
    Last edited by North Borneo Radar; 2014-03-09 at 05:50. Reason: grammar

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Borneo Radar View Post
    Hi there Simon43,
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    With you that close to the airport, ground coverage would certainly be guaranteed. So hopefully they approve your application!

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    but there is no ground coverage and is patchy over the Andaman Sea for Phuket. So there is some coverage, but your coverage will be most welcomed!
    Thanks for your detailed reply. What exactly do you mean by 'ground coverage'? At my location, reception of the control tower and ground control VHF is (of course), extremely strong. Are you referring to the ground voice comms or another type of data channel?

    Thanks - Simon
    Last edited by Simon43; 2014-03-09 at 06:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Hi, I hope this is the best forum for this question.

    How can I check to see if FR24 has an ADS-B receiver in my region (Phuket Airport, Thailand, HKT)?

    If it does not, I could provide a receiver to feed data to the FR24 web-site.

    I am a radio amateur, located 1km from HKT international airport.

    But I don't want to go to the expense/effort of providing a receiver if this region is already covered.

    Thanks for any advice

    Simon
    1) Check FR24 map. If there are aircraft showing up, there is coverage. If there are no aircraft showing up, there is no coverage.

    2) Apply for a free receiver. If we need coverage and find your location suitable you will get a receiver.
    http://www.flightradar24.com/free-ads-b-equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    1) Check FR24 map. If there are aircraft showing up, there is coverage. If there are no aircraft showing up, there is no coverage.
    http://www.flightradar24.com/free-ads-b-equipment
    I just checked - no planes in that locality on your map. There are > 220 flights in/out of HKT every 24 hour period, so I would expect to see something on your map, (I can 'hear' the planes at my location.....)

    I'll apply for a receiver

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Thanks for your detailed reply. What exactly do you mean by 'ground coverage'? At my location, reception of the control tower and ground control VHF is (of course), extremely strong. Are you referring to the ground voice comms or another type of data channel?

    Thanks - Simon
    Hi Simon43,

    Sorry I wasn't clear... jargons lol. Ground coverage means able to receive aircraft signals when they are at the airport. Not every receiver could provide ground coverage, as the receiver would normally need to be close to the airport (no idea how close, and obviously the surrounding terrains will influence that too), but in your case definitely not a problem as you are very close to the airport. An example would be receivers at Hong Kong allows you to see ground traffic, but the receiver in Beijing does not.

    The mode s signal that you receive is 1090mhz, which gives various information like aircraft position, FL, heading and speed, FYI. You can have a look at www.ads-b.ca to see what the kit is like and in this case, how it was mounted by 1090mhz, one of the forum member here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    I just checked - no planes in that locality on your map. There are > 220 flights in/out of HKT every 24 hour period, so I would expect to see something on your map, (I can 'hear' the planes at my location.....)

    I'll apply for a receiver

    Simon
    Good, and good luck. Hope it will be approved. Let us know if it does get approved. All the best.
    Last edited by North Borneo Radar; 2014-03-09 at 07:49.

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    OK, I have spent a little more time to familiarise myself with the functionality etc of the website and receiving equipment.

    For my location (Phuket International Airport), I especially have an unobstructed view west over the Andaman Sea/Indian Ocean. To the east is the top of the small hill where I am located (some metres below the brow of the hill), but mounting the antenna atop my amateur radio mast will clear the hill.

    However, having looked at available coverage in my region, I can see that the existing receivers at Hat Yai and Surat Thani seem to cover the eastern direction just fine, whilst (as you previously mentioned), westwards has minimal coverage.

    It would make sense if I used a directional antenna. I would also receive the ground wave signal from the planes sitting at Phuket Airport, 1km away.

    I spent 20 years working as a space and satellite equipments/antenna designer and integration manager, (Marconi, ESA, Dowty Aerospace etc), plus longer than that as an active HF/VHF/UHF radio ham. So I have previously designed and built L band helical antennas, yagis etc. The receiving frequency for this equipment is close to the ham band 1296MHz, so I'm familiar with that and have an antenna analyser that will work up to about 1.1 GHz.

    So - this looks good fun to implement a receiver/antenna to provide long-range reception over this sea path

    Simon

    Update: Knowing little about airplanes(!), I assume that planes follow a designated flight path across the oceans, albeit at different altitudes, (rather than flying randomly across the ocean...

    Therefore, how can I get details of the flight paths used to cross the Indian Ocean, from India to south-east Asia? If I can see a map of these designated flight paths, then I can correctly align my directional antenna to ensure maximum received signal from that direction, (I could also use a high gain, narrow beam-width antenna to really maximise the reception distance)
    Last edited by Simon43; 2014-03-10 at 13:36.

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