Post your PiAware setup


#1

This is my system for site 12460:
ebay.com/itm/252060731053 $50.34 - 5" Resistive touch LCD HDMI Screen (800x480)
ebay.com/itm/201332134037 $49.99 - Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
amazon.com/gp/product/B00WZL6WPO/ $44.95 - 1090MHz ADS-B Antenna
amazon.com/gp/product/B010GBQXK8/ $29.99 - 1090MHz ADS-B filter
ebay.com/itm/321781952274 $29.51 - NooElec NESDR Mini 2 USB RTL-SDR ADS-B Receiver
amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9II8Q4/ $19.57 - 15’ LMR-400 cable
mcmelectronics.com/product/83-16404 $11.99 - PiFace RTC Clock
mcmelectronics.com/product/33-10915 $9.99 - 38" Antenna mount
ebay.com/itm/251996480919 $9.49 - High Quality Clear Acrylic Case
ebay.com/itm/121593721035 $5.56 - 5V, 2A power supply
amazon.com/gp/product/B00CP18R7K/ $5.50 - 12’ SMA-F to MCX cable

https://db.tt/LKfvYhBZ


Outdoor setup
Three Easy DIY Antennas for Beginners
Questions about antenna in attic
#2

First picture is of the screen and what few aircraft I could pick up with the little antenna the NooElec NESDR Mini 2 USB RTL-SDR ADS-B Receiver came with (sitting inside too, of course).
Second and third picture is with the 1090MHz antenna outside with the 1090MHz filter.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91566410/Computer%20Stuff/PiAware%20Setup/02%20-%20Raspberri%20Pi%202%20Model%20B%20with%20screen-small.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91566410/Computer%20Stuff/PiAware%20Setup/Cable%20001-A.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91566410/Computer%20Stuff/PiAware%20Setup/flghtsinarea.png


#3

Nice setup, Like the touchscreen monitor. Are you feeding adsbexchange.com? You could provide pretty good coverage up through Ok city with that good antenna.


#4

No, just FlightAware. And yeah, I am getting as far as slightly north of Oklahoma City, as far east as Tyler, TX, as far south as Killeen, TX and as far west as almost to Lubbock, TX


#5

Do you use virtual radar server? If so you should give it a thought. Fun stuff real time VRS for other areas of the country. Easy to do.
ads-b-flight-tracking-f21/co-op-of-feeders-t36113.html


#6

No, because doing so would require that I leave my computer on all the time to run that program, which is why I have the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to feed data to FlightAware. Sure, there is a Linux version of the Virtual Radar program, but I figure feeding to FlightAware is fine enough.


#7

Main site

  • FA 1090 MHz antenna
  • N-type to SMA pigtail
  • 1090MHz BPF
  • SMA to F-type adapter
  • Diplexer (combines OTA TV w/ADSB)
  • 50’ LMR-400-75
  • Diplexer (splits TV and ADSB)
  • F-type to MCX pigtail
  • NooEle Mini2 RTL-dongle
  • RPi2

In fairness, this will be complete next weekend, I just ran the LMR-400 feedline this weekend. Presently it’s just the antenna, N-type to SMA pigtail, BPF, SMA to MCX pigtail, and RTL-dongle, which is parked on the entertainment stand behind the TV. I’m actually pretty happy with the performance, so relocating the antenna to the attic will be even better.

Secondary site:

  • Home made 4-legged antenna using a UHF SO-239 bulkhead connector
  • UHF to F-type adapter
  • 2’ run RG6
  • F-type to MCX pigtail
  • NoElec Mini RTL-dongle
  • RPiB

The main site is on PiAware 2.1.3 and the secondary on PiAware 2.1.2, both run Dump1090-Mutability 1.15. I aggregate them in VRS running 24/7 on my home server, so I use the iPad or laptop to view the VRS interface.


#8

Wouldn’t it be better to just have the antenna outside? Your range will be a lot better outside than if its inside the attic.


#9

don’t underestimate attic antennas :slight_smile: => site 13195

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39745369/antenna_one2one_2.jpg


#10

It would, I agree, but I’m content with 150mi range. If I had a gable roof I would, but the hip roof style leaves either a tripod or chimney mount to get the height over the roof peak. As a hobby, it’s not worth the aggravation.


#11

You can send data to the Co-Op server without running VRS. My Pi is sending data to them and I still run my own server. Instructions are on his first page.


#12

Nor underestimate window antennas :slight_smile:


#13

Generally, you’ll be better off with an external antenna - but much depends on the material you are taking the signal through - Glass Fibre shingles would absorb less signal than a concrete or clay tile

If you do have a hip roof, you can still erect a mast using T & K brackets - mine is like that 3 * 1.5 sections - so is probably 3.5m above the roof edge … but you could mount two antenna(s) on the rainwater guttering one each side of the house. If you are able to mount it naked (without a tube over the antenna) it makes it less obvious.


#14

Nice! I also like the touchscreen and case. I’ve been tempted to get a screen like that.

Anyway, so as not to duplicate content, here’s a link to the description and photos of my site: it’s a FlightAware antenna mounted to a mast on top of a solar observatory tower in the foothills just south of Bern, Switzerland. It’s connected using 10m of CO100AF cable to a NooElec NESDR Mini 2 SDR dongle. No filters or amps, though my FA filters should arrive later this month so I’ll be able to test if they make a difference. The site gets mobile phone coverage but there’s no towers anywhere nearby so I’m not sure if a filter would make a big difference.

I also have two of Saulius’s outstanding aluminum cases for the Pi2: one is on a test system at home and the other is going to be installed on the Pi2 at the observatory site to help with cooling. I highly recommend it.

I get good coverage over much of Switzerland, southern/eastern France, southern/western Germany, and Luxembourg.


#15

This is my “CANtenna” installed in the roof and it’s daily coverage data…
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https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/12079540_10206458877808698_6594054581679036722_n.jpg?oh=ab4422513a1606f848908bda36f1f4bd&oe=56850185


#16

supercool - and ingenious recycling idea for the dvd box :slight_smile:


#17

Yes, it is a good recycling idea.

Here is another recycling idea:post #1444 dated 10th Aug 2014

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#18

:))) you guys rock - turning useless into useful is a great thing!


#19

The name “Cantenna”: Post # 1488 dated 17 Aug 2014

The Birth of Cantenna (name at birth = 1/2 λ sleeve dipole): Post # 1224 dated 8 June 2014

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#20

Yes!!! I built my “cantenna” based on your posts…