The SBS-1er is a revolutionary product that combines hardware with software and allows not only aviation professionals but aircraft enthusiasts worldwide with the ability to monitor the skies in an... More > unprecedented fashion and have a Real Time Radar display on their PC screen of Mode-S/ADS-B equipped aircraft in the airspace immediately around them.
The BaseStation software program that ships with the SBS-1er is a powerful application that provides great functionality including the identification of aircraft by call sign, altitude, speed and other parameters where such information is transmitted. The application uses a received aircraft’s unique Mode-S hex code to retrieve manufacturer, ownership, configuration and other background information from user sharable and editable SQLite database. This book covers the installation of the SBS-1er receiver and many aspects of the BaseStation software including how it may be customised to suit each individual.< Less
Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) is a digital datalink system for transmission of short,and relatively simple messages between aircraft and ground stations using the... More > airband VHF radio link. The message protocol was designed by Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC) to replace their VHF voice service and deployed in 1978 using telex type format. SITA, a multinational information technology company, later augmented their worldwide data network by adding ground radio stations to provide ACARS service.< Less
ShipPlotter is a unique piece of software that enables a user to have a live radar type display of shipping in their local coastal region or other regions and waterways around the world. The software... More > decodes radio signals, received using a VHF radio receiver or scanner, from ships transmitting digital data using the marine Automatic Identification System (AIS). The book provides an excellent description of the AIS system and messaging.
ShipPlotter visually displays the position and identification of each ship either as radar view or on a chart created from a graphic image file, a satellite image download or a downloaded Open Street Map.
Whilst mariners, small boat owners and yachtsmen can use the ShipPlotter software this book is written for and intended solely for the hobbyist and ship-spotting enthusiast. Its contents therefore should not be used as any sort of guidance or advice for those who are not firmly fixed to their seats in the comfort of their homes on dry ground!< Less