Assembling a Stratux ADS-B receiver for in flight weather

A quick demonstration of assembling the Stratux ADS-B receiver from off the shelf parts and software written by Christopher Young. This receiver provides in ...

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Comment by Marvin W Miller on November 11, 2015 at 5:14pm
Thanks for the great presentation, you might even be able to come up with a ADS-B out if you keep working at it. I'm currently using sky vision system, one time the ADS-B weather screen was at least an hour off, (ground station spoof) but I saw the real thunderstorm out my windshield and on foreflight connected Cellular
Comment by Jerry Latimer on November 11, 2015 at 3:06pm
This DIY project gives the same traffic and weather that Stratus, GDL88, etc. The FAA broadcasts weather/traffic on 978 MHz from ground stations and it is basically open to anyone who can receive and decode it. A plane with ADS-B out will trigger the station and the station will broadcast all traffic within 30 mile radius of that plane. This receiver receives the same broadcast. So if you are close to a ADS-B out airplane the traffic is valid for your aircraft. Note: the ground station broadcasts all mode C and mode S traffic. So it is broadcasting non-ADS-B out traffic as well as planes with ADS-B out. So If you are flying in an area like Phoenix, where there are multiple ADS-B out aircraft flying you get a really accurate picture of the traffic. If you are flying over Dalhart Texas, where there are far fewer ADS-B out planes, the traffic will be less complete.
Comment by John Burns on November 11, 2015 at 1:02pm


Since you are already using this set up I was wondering if you get all of the same traffic and information as the guys with the store bought toys?  I know there are some traffic limitations until you get ADS-B out, but that is true with the store bought versions also.

Comment by Jon Croke on November 11, 2015 at 11:27am


Thanks for your comment. I understand your point on traffic and I should be careful about calling it a "novelty". It will be a game changer when we all broadcast and the traffic picture is complete. 

Comment by Jerry Latimer on November 11, 2015 at 11:05am
I built one about a month ago. Works great on a Nexus 7 running Avare. Since I fly under the Phoenix AZ class bravo veil most of the time and there is a tremendous amount of training in the area, the traffic display has been a real life saver. Weather is not as big of an issue in Phoenix
Comment by John Burns on November 11, 2015 at 5:33am
Great video. Saw this on the EAA website and will probably build one soon.
Comment by Lawrence Michael Wilson on November 10, 2015 at 6:12pm
As always, a good job Jon. Wish this service was available here in Thailand. Mike Wilson

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