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 Post subject: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:23 pm 
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Pro Stick Plus
FlightAware is excited to announce the next evolution of USB SDR sticks for ADS-B reception! The new Pro Stick Plus USB SDR builds on the popular Pro Stick by adding a built-in 1090 MHz bandpass filter. The built-in filter allows for increased performance and range of reception by 10-20% for installations where filtering is beneficial. Areas with moderate RF noise, as is typically experienced in most urban areas, generally benefit from filtering. By integrating the filter into the SDR stick, we are able to reduce the total cost by more than 40% when compared to buying a Pro Stick and an external filter.
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Key features
  • Higher performance for installations that benefit from filtering
    • A filter is generally recommended for users in urban environments or with known high power radio transmitters nearby such as cell phone towers. Filtering is generally not recommended for users in rural environments. Filtering benefits may vary and are dependent on the installation location.
  • Includes the same low noise amplifier as found in the Pro Stick
  • Native SMA connector allows easy installation
  • Less expensive than buying a separate external filter (40+% savings)
  • As with the Pro Stick, the Pro Stick Plus is made available to the ADS-B community at-cost.

Availability (updated 11-May-2017)
The Pro Stick Plus is available on Amazon in the USA (USD $18.95). Amazon Canada and international availability via WiFi Expert on eBay, ModMyPi (UK), MyHamPlace (China), RTL-SDR Blog (China) and GPIO Australia.

Q&A
  • Is the original Pro Stick (without a filter) still available?
    Yes, we are making available both products in parallel.
  • How can I easily distinguish between the Pro Stick and Pro Stick Plus devices?
    The Pro Stick continues to be manufactured with an orange plastic case. The Pro Stick Plus is manufactured with a dark blue plastic case. The product silkscreen labeling also reflects the respective product name, version number and functional parts.
  • Can the filter on the Pro Stick Plus be turned off?
    No, the filter is built-in and cannot be disabled.
  • Will the Pro Stick Plus work for receiving UAT 978 signals?
    No, the filter is not designed to pass the 978 MHz signal.
  • If I already have a Pro Stick and external filter, should I upgrade to the Pro Stick Plus?
    Our testing shows that, in general, you may achieve 10-20% more messages received with a Pro Stick Plus. This is a personal decision that you may make in order to further tweak and optimize your PiAware setup if you wish. We cannot guarantee any particular level of performance or performance improvement compared to other configurations.
  • Do I still need an external filter if I use a Pro Stick Plus?
    The way the filter is integrated into the Pro Stick Plus generally enhances the reception of weak signals. However, in high RF environments (with a high noise floor), such as most urban areas, the external filter may still be beneficial due to its ability to block strong interference from other radio sources. Unfortunately there is no easy way to predict in advance the exact performance of a Pro Stick, Pro Stick Plus and/or external filter in your particular environment.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:08 pm 
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Thanks a lot.
Waiting for availability in Canada.
What is the type of built-in filter?


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:20 pm 
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SAW filter with passband 1075MHz to 1105MHz


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:25 pm 
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Great value at a very reasonable price. Thanks Flightaware Staff.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:16 pm 
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david.baker wrote:
SAW filter with passband 1075MHz to 1105MHz

TAI SAW?

Seems a dream come true
Suggestion to Flightaware: Built in Filter in Pro Stick


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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abcd567 wrote:
david.baker wrote:
SAW filter with passband 1075MHz to 1105MHz

TAI SAW?

Seems a dream come true
Suggestion to Flightaware: Built in Filter in Pro Stick


Yes


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:13 pm 
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Not mucking around, just ordered mine :)

Question though, is this a plug and play replacement of the yellow pro stick one when using PiAware?

Will be good to get the filter out of the way, things are a little tight in the enclosure I am using!


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:19 pm 
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FlyingPeteNZ wrote:
Not mucking around, just ordered mine :)

Question though, is this a plug and play replacement of the yellow pro stick one when using PiAware?



Yep


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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I hate you flightaware always coming out with new things to get my monies. *waits for canadian ordering to open*


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:45 pm 
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ordered, will move the old ones down to 978

thanks again, FlightAware!

bob k6rtm


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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Great news - will definitely try if available in Europe.......


Regards Volker


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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Thank you for what you all do. The orange dongle is a fantastic piece for the price, and I expect this to be great as well. Quick question however: Is filter prior to amplification or after? And to confirm, it is TAI chipped?


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let me know when is available for Deutschland 🇩🇪

Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:51 am 
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Available on eBay for international shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/371774565983


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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How does the new stick compare to the combination of the old yellow stick with the FA 1090 MHz inline filter? If i have that combo is there is compelling reason to upgrade?

cheers,
bammi


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:34 am 
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jbammi wrote:
How does the new stick compare to the combination of the old yellow stick with the FA 1090 MHz inline filter? If i have that combo is there is compelling reason to upgrade?

cheers,
bammi


Fewer connection so it's very marginally better but I probably wouldn't bother if you've already got both.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:43 am 
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The SAW is a sharper filter than the external filter so it may work out better if you have very close (frequency-wise) interferers, e.g. secondary radar on 1030MHz.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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Good to have an integrated filter. Can I trade in my last (unused) combo purchase? Just kidding. Rgds.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:07 pm 
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Nitr0 wrote:
Is filter prior to amplification or after?


It is after amplification.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:37 pm 
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Amazon.CA >> Currently not available
Amazon .COM >> $20.95 + Does not ship to Canada
eBay.com/wifi experts >> $29.99 + $ 10 Shipping : Too costly

Have to wait.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:04 pm 
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Great. Weeks ago I wanted to buy the Pro Stick (yellow) and Filter from Amazon.de.
Stick wasn't available so I just ordered the filter already with the intention to order the stick later when that comes available.
So I was waiting for the stick to come available. (was told supply issues in Europe)

Now that one is still not available and now this Pro Stick Plus comes out for less money.
Not happy...


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:47 pm 
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Forgive me, but I'm new to this world of flight tracking...is this an alternative to the ADS-B unit from Flight aware or is it something that can be used to assist with reception?


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
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I have the NooElec blue stick and a 1090MHz filter. How much better is this filter than the old FlightAware 1090 filter?

christyzach wrote:
Forgive me, but I'm new to this world of flight tracking...is this an alternative to the ADS-B unit from Flight aware or is it something that can be used to assist with reception?
It replaces your current receiver, and adds an integrated filter. (you probably either have the yellow Pro Stick (which has an amplifier), or the cheaper NooElec unamplified receiver sticks)


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:31 pm 
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christyzach wrote:
Forgive me, but I'm new to this world of flight tracking...is this an alternative to the ADS-B unit from Flight aware or is it something that can be used to assist with reception?

I understand that you have been provided harware by Flightaware. The ProStick/ProStick Plus are NOT a replacement to Flightaware provided receiver (FlightFeeder).

The ProStick/ProStick Plus are required to be pluged-in into a computer (desktop/laptop/Raspberry Pi etc) to receive & process the ads-b signals. It is purchased and used by those who did NOT obtain Flightaware equipment.


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 Post subject: Re: Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:37 am 
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abcd567 wrote:
Amazon.CA >> Currently not available
Amazon .COM >> $20.95 + Does not ship to Canada
eBay.com/wifi experts >> $29.99 + $ 10 Shipping : Too costly

Have to wait.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.


I wish !!!! eBay via WifiExpert is the *only* way I can get it ..... and the way the Pacific Peso (aka the Aussie dollar) is performing against the USD at the moment ..... :(


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