Do you want to build your Airplane tracker by yourself? It’s easy and it’s realtime, not delayed like flightradar24.
What do you need?
- A DVB-T Stick with a RTL-Based Chip like this one ( also usable for other SDR projects)
- A piece of Software like dump1090 to read the ADS-B information.
Here are the steps for Linux/Unix Systems:
Download and unzip the Software:
wget https://github.com/antirez/dump1090/archive/master.zip unzip master.zip
Change into the unzipped directory and execute make:
cd dump1090-master/ make
Plug in your DVB-T stick and launch dump1090:
./dump1090 --interactive --net
The option “interactive” tells the program to output planes with automatically refreshed screen every second
The option “net” enables networking support.
You can even connect with your webbrowser to http://127.0.0.1:8080 to see the planes on a map.
Now you should see planes near you. It’s best to go outside with your antenna to track airplanes. You can even build better antennas 😉 See the links below.
Happy plane tracking!