First of all thanks to my wife not complaining while i am buying new suff every few months for a useless hobby (her words).
Today i’ve put my newest toy in operation, the Jetvision Air!Squitter.
Some of the FA users are using it already.
The device itself is based on Xunlong Orange Pi Zero with a SD card. This card can be flashed directly via USB cable without removing it.
Operating system is Debian 10.4 with kernel 5.4.11-1
It is the little brother of Radarcape, missing a few features. But it includes a built in Wifi-Client and a front LCD with basic functionality (e.g. reset config, restart network etc)
The device itself is in a high quality metal case, on the rear there are typical connections
- Antenna (ADS-B + GPS combined)
- USB for external storage
- USB-C for direct access via PC
- LAN access
- WiFi Antenna
The setup is done in less than five minutes (As long as you are not as stupid as me limiting the router to known devices only which i have forgotten to disable).
It can be used out of the box for FA, FR24, OpenSky and ADSBx. Other clients can be configured.
For the external ports providing the Beast/RAW Data, a seperate key needs to be bought.
Below some pics. MLAT is showing 0 because the key for it is pending. I did not order the FLARM option, because it means +120 Euro extra.
Major Question: Does it perform better than a Raspi? Possibly yes, as long as no Airspy is used. Do you need it? No Do i want to have it? Yes