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    Possible to see feeder locations when I'm not a feeder?

    Hi

    Is it possible to see feeder locations even though I'm not a feeder myself?

    I have a lot of friends and family around the world, so perhaps if there was a black spot around their area, I could perhaps persuade them to be a hoster...

    Thank you in advance

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    Nope, it's not even a feature for those who do feed.

    Simply because its a voluntary system, the coverage changes by the minute with people turning them off/on and other reasons.

    So for simplicity, the locations are not known.

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    Thanks for the reply.
    But perhaps not feeder location down to meters, but just some coverage with colours for good, medium and bad like its known mobile phone companies. Then it would be easy to spot gaps that could be filled out - more detailed than just the "we look for feeders in xxxxxx".

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    Uncomparable.

    Phone companies know coverage as their tower locations are fixed, at height, on 24/7 and know the terrain. Not the case with people that move devices around the house and or neighbourhood where external things as trees and buildings affect ~300nm of space in a small area.

    The best you can do is zoom out of a map, and keep an eye on the area to see if there are any dead spots.

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    I know this can't be a 100% map of how things are - but still there should be some data where flightradar24 know what areas are well covered and some are bad or not at all... Based on where there is plane feedback from.
    If its easy accessable and transferable to a coverage map of some sort, is a different thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjr86 View Post
    I know this can't be a 100% map of how things are - but still there should be some data where flightradar24 know what areas are well covered and some are bad or not at all... Based on where there is plane feedback from.
    If its easy accessable and transferable to a coverage map of some sort, is a different thing
    Of course it's known otherwise FR24 would not know where to allocate new feeders although I still question the logic behind some placements. But the information is not shared and nor do I expect it will be.

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    coverage map feeder location etc discussed too many a times.

    Here is some links for your reading:

    http://forum.flightradar24.com/threa...ll=1#post59370

    http://forum.flightradar24.com/threa...ll=1#post59678

    might not give you a solution but hope this helps.

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    here is all you need...all gaps and positions where receivers are needed
    http://www.flightradar24.com/free-ads-b-equipment
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    Quote Originally Posted by North Borneo Radar View Post
    coverage map feeder location etc discussed too many a times.

    Here is some links for your reading:

    http://forum.flightradar24.com/threa...ll=1#post59370

    http://forum.flightradar24.com/threa...ll=1#post59678

    might not give you a solution but hope this helps.
    Thanks for that - that was the kind of things I was looking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oblivian View Post
    Nope, it's not even a feature for those who do feed.

    Simply because its a voluntary system, the coverage changes by the minute with people turning them off/on and other reasons.

    So for simplicity, the locations are not known.

    I've been feeding FR24 data for a few weeks now, pretty much 24/7. This thread has been very interesting. Now I understand more the huge complexity to satisify requests of the FR24 volunteers. However, knowing that we are really helping is important to us. As an example, if every volunteer in the Los Angeles area turned their equipment off for a week, would this lack of data really impact the safety of the airplanes for this period? I understand this info would never be divulged. I suppose we are just adding to the safety of an already fairly safe federal or country aviation communication system worldwide. Being a volunteer gives a person a good feeling to he or she is helping.

    I do think Flightradar24 should indicate their thanks to the volunteers in an open letter. It could state in general terms stating the need of volunteers and how they are really helping. And maybe they could add some thanks to us. I understand many others are just looking at the map on the web site, It's interesting or fun for them. This OK too. I also think we are not just setting up our equipment to save the monthly subscription costs. Most of us are serious. I use a Raspberry Pi to feed data. I would gladly replace a part if it failed, so I could continue to be of service. I'm also a ham radio operator. Most in our fraternity love to do this sort of stuff.

    Thanks,
    Don
    Last edited by donde1; 2015-02-22 at 16:50.

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