I’m completley new to Flight Tracking, still learning al lot.
A this moment I have two receivers:
1 Mode-S Beast, connected to a Windows PC (serial) and working fine in Virtual Radar Server.
1 USB RTL dongle with the R820T2 chip, connected on a RaspBerry Pi with Piaware.
All is working, BUT: The signal from the USB is terrible. (Only a couple of KM)
My question: Is it possible to “feed” PiAware with output from the Beast ?
(My Raspberry knowledge is almost zero, still learing.)
I was thinging to send output from VRS (Beast) to Piaware on port 3005, but what do i have to change in Piaware, and is that possible ?
You should be able to get much better performance than that with the dongle (350km+ is possible), but the Beast is probably going to be better regardless of what you do there.
You can feed output from the Beast to piaware, but it’s not directly supported (yet), you will need to set up the connection between piaware and VRS manually.
The next version of piaware will make this a bit simpler, and eventually (the timing on this depends on a few things) will let you directly connect the Beast to the Pi via USB.
If you set up VRS to listen on some port 12345 (doesn’t have to be exactly that, whatever port you want) and provide Beast-format output there, and then run a socat tunnel from the shell on the Pi:
I have been playing with the mentioned solutions, but could not get it working.
Also found out that the mcx connector on the USB Dongle was not having good contact.
After fixing that, the range is now around 150km for the dongle, that is fine for now.