rtl-sdr as flight radar receiver

Last week I got my rtl-sdr usb dongle by http://www.rtl-sdr.com/buy-rtl-sdr-dvb-t-dongles/. I ordered the “RTL-SDR Blog R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA Software Defined Radio with 2x Telescopic Antennas”.

Installation of the driver on the Debian Jessie system worked flawless I also first insalled and tested on a Raspberry Pi 2 B without hassles. But as I wanted to use the dongle alos as a radio scanner, I went over two the larger system.

After trying different Linux compatible software for Radio reception I went over to ADS reception. First I started with dump1090, which runs fine without any problems but I missed the flightradar24.com similar display on a google map and airplane details. So I tried ADSbox. After getting the sqlite3 source and placing it nearby the adsbox directory, the compilation went fine and I now can watch some airplanes around my location.

ADSBox - Pale Moon_081

and, some time later (therefor different planes):

ADSBox - Pale Moon_083

Please know that the noise made by these airplanes is loud, even if they are 30000ft high and some kilometres away.

Now, I know which planes are there making the noise and where they are. Frustrating…I can not do anything against the noise but going indoor.


  1. Henk says:

    It is amazing what such a cheap dongle can do.
    The weak point are the plastic housing and the antenna connector, but hey, it is cheap toy.

  2. josef says:

    The dongles sold by rtl-sdr have a metal housing and a sma antenna connector

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