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Dump1090-fa demo mode

I recently set up a Raspberry Pi and am feeding data to flightware. I’d like to demo my homemade antenna and setup on a different Raspberry Pi for my Ham Radio club, but I want to just use the local Skyview server without actually activating another feeder site for my account. When I install the add-on package dump1090-fa, etc, is there a way to not have it transmit to flightaware so that I don’t get an unclaimed feeder since it’s only for a temporary demo?

Yes, install only dump1090-fa, but dont install Piaware. Follow steps given below:

  • Download latest Raspbian image from raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian, and write to microSD card.

  • While the microSD card is still in card reader of Desktop/Laptop, create a file named ssh in /boot.

  • Slip microSD card in RPi and powerup.

  • SSH to RPi and install dump1090-fa only. Following commands will do the job.

# Install Flightaware Repository
wget http://flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/files/packages/pool/piaware/p/piaware-support/piaware-repository_3.6.3_all.deb 

sudo dpkg -i piaware-repository_3.6.3_all.deb 

sudo apt-get update

# Install dump1090-fa which has skyview map
sudo apt-get install dump1090-fa 

sudo reboot 

Ah, that makes sense! dump1090-fa has the web server, so that should be sufficient. I have a second rtl-sdr dongle on order so as to not take my feeder site down.

I’d like to use my SDRplay but I don’t think dump1090-fa supports it, and the SDRplay fork would not have Skyview, requiring a secondary device to run something like VRS.

First world problems…

In /etc/default/dump1090-fa you can configure the position (and the gain):

DECODER_OPTIONS="--stats-range --stats-every 86400 --lat 50.5555 --lon 10.1111 --max-range 280"

Just add the lat and lon to your config and restart dump1090-fa.
sudo systemctl restart dump1090-fa