My first time to post. I am a new feeder, here in the Asheville, NC area. Started out with FR24, but after starting to use VRS, I realized I had no MLAT data fed back, so I dumped them. I only do this as a hobby anyway.
A couple of questions and observations. So I am a pilot, used to fly SAR, and recently looked at the pros and cons regarding non encrypted data, Mode-S, ADS-B and MLAT. Had an interesting discussion with another pilot I used to work with who insisted, military flights are blocked. Well, only partially as I expect most of you know. Feed the decoded data to VRS, and while there might not be a “Call Sign”, they sure come up as to who they are registered to (USAF for example) in VRS. That was interesting.
On to my next objective and questions. I have about 60 percent coverage because my setup, which includes an amplifier, filter and Flightware 1090 antenna are mounted on a post on my balcony. I am lucky in that I have an almost direct line of sight with AVL. I’m considering building another RPi, if my neighbor across the breezeway will let me put it and an antenna there, and merging the feeds. My WIFI is strong enough to make the connection. I have an amplified WIFI network. I know it can be done, was wondering if anyone has on the forum, and any advise? Also, I downloaded dump978 and installed it and tested it on a second dongle I have (from my old Stratux) and am thinking about merging that data (through a software conversion to conform to dump1090 requirements) and sending it all up to Flightaware. There are quite a lot of 978 ADS-B Out small aircraft here in the USA. I know I need to change the serial number on the second RTL, in that I’ll be running both off the same primary RPi. The one across the breezeway would be a 1090 only setup and only a feeder to the primary RPi running Piaware. Oh, I’m also using the Dump1090 Mutable software and the external web server, not the built in one from dump. So, has anyone tried merging the 978 data? I have already installed it, it works, recognizes the RTL and decodes the data.
Only one problem. I’m going to have to use a powered USB hub to attach to the primary RPi, for both power and that I can’t fit two dongles next to each other. Anyone using a powered USB hub? Problems?
That’s about it. Thoughts, suggestions, ideas are welcome and appreciated.