How can I tell it is working?


#1

I just set up my receiver. Its been on for a couple hours and I have yet to see any statistics on the web page. Is there a way to verify it is working? On the FA website it says I have been associated with a receiver, but I expected to see at least one plane by now…


#2

There’s a link from the stats page that will show you what your receiver is seeing, live. You’ll have to be on the local network.


#3

We’re working on improving the receiver page (improvements are released every day), but you can see here:

flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/wizowor

Joined: Today
Last Seen: 6 minutes ago (Live)

It’s working!


#4

I don’t mean to hijack but I was wondering the same thing and came across this topic. My stats page doesn’t look like the one you linked: flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/chevyman142000

I have moved it to a few different windows on my second story thinking it wasn’t getting decent signal or something. Been running for over a day now.

Thanks!
Jeff


#5

Did you visit flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/claim ?


#6

Yep. A few times and it tells me that that it is associated to a mac address that matches the mac on the pi.

In case it helps, here is a snip of the piaware.out pastebin.com/GfacNVSY

Jeff


#7

Hm I see it’s registered but we’re not receiving data. What happens if you visit 192.168.5.57:8080 ?


#8

I tried going to that last night when it didn’t seem like it was working and it showed me a map and 2 clocks. Tonight it just sits there spinning but doesn’t load that page. I can see that dump1090 is running. Also, I didn’t install all of the software. I used the pre-made image that I downloaded from the site here.

Thanks for looking into this!

Jeff


#9

Can you describe your antenna installation and configuration? It sounds like your system is running fine . . . except it’s not receiving any ADS-B data.


#10

Sure can…hopefully this isn’t the issue. I don’t have a way to put it outside, yet. I currently have it on the second story of my house. Both the Pi and the antenna that came with the dongle are in the Window. I have had it on the West side of my house, which is where the nearest airport is, and now currently on the South side of my house where I see the most planes go by.


#11

That should work great. Can you try unplugging everything and plugging it back in? THe power, USB connections, antenna connections, etc.


#12

Yep, I’ll go do that right now.

Edit: Ok, I unplugged and re-plugged everything. I also used a different power supply this time, for some reason in the back of my mind I was thinking it could be a power issue with this adapter I’ve not used before. I checked the logs on the pi and it is now seeing messages! I’ll keep watching and waiting for the stats page to update but I think we made some progress!


#13

Any thoughts on if it makes a difference to have the antenna vertical or horizontal? I was thinking about hanging it outside the window so that it is outside, but it would most likely go horizontal then.


#14

So it looks like it stopped again. I’m re-downloading and putting onto the sd card again and will try to see if that helps. If not, I’m leaning towards the USB ADS-B receiver being bad. Good thing Amazon has an awesome return policy.


#15

From my experience the RasPI can be picky regarding the power supply used. The SDR (and anything else you plug in) seems to increase that. Make sure you have a nice beefy USB power supply, at least 1A and 2A is better.


#16

Thanks for the help. I just didn’t wait for the confirmation email. The status page link was in there. Another question… is there a way to tell what version of the Piaware software I have running?


#17

Hmm no, we need to add that, but you’re running 1.15. Did you install the new beta?


#18

I just installed 1.15_1 blindly. During the install it said I was upgrading from 1/13_1


#19

Kludgy, but if you restart Piaware, the version is in /tmp/piaware.out file. If it runs more than two days that log is overwritten.

Until the next version
joel


#20

On the FlightAware webpage, I can no longer see any statistics of my receiver. There’s a tab for it, but nothing in it. Anyone else have this problem?