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#259593 - 08/31/15 12:57 PM Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet
KSP_530 Offline
Pilot in Command

Registered: 07/06/10
Posts: 299
Loc: Georgia, USA
Check this out, if you have not already:
DIY ADS-B Receiver!

Go directly to the Part 2 of the instructions. I built mine over the weekend and it seemed to connect with FF on my ipad. I didn't pick up any towers (weather) because of my location but, but picked up some traffic. Lots of discussion going on other aviation forums and I though I share this. I apologize if this had been posted here before, but I did search before I posted.

I am planning on test flying with the setup tomorrow. I will post the results.

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#259606 - 08/31/15 02:09 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: KSP_530]
Flubber4.0 Offline
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Registered: 08/22/14
Posts: 1104
Loc: blue marble
Beware of the Rasperry [censored] in an aircraft, I repeat, avoid putting such a gremlin into something your life depends upon! These devices are the biggest nightmare in an EM sensitive environment I ever saw - and I spent years in sensible environments development.
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#259620 - 08/31/15 03:58 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Flubber4.0]
ytodd Offline
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Registered: 03/29/11
Posts: 2582
Loc: Illinois
Looking forward to seeing this thread develop.

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#259621 - 08/31/15 04:01 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: ytodd]
Desert Hawk Offline
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Registered: 06/30/13
Posts: 919
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
What is the cost of the parts for the DIY project?
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#259622 - 08/31/15 04:23 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Desert Hawk]
ytodd Offline
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Registered: 03/29/11
Posts: 2582
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: Desert Hawk
What is the cost of the parts for the DIY project?


Less than 150 bucks...about 114 bucks without the AHRS option right now.

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#259664 - 08/31/15 08:33 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: ytodd]
Rikochet Offline
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Registered: 05/04/14
Posts: 168
Loc: Canada
Is there an AHRS option yet that works with Foreflight?
How about GPS?


Edited by Rikochet (08/31/15 08:34 PM)

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#259727 - 09/01/15 08:41 AM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Rikochet]
KSP_530 Offline
Pilot in Command

Registered: 07/06/10
Posts: 299
Loc: Georgia, USA
Mine was around $105. I did not include GPS/AHRS modules. A bunch of people are adding an extra dongle for 1090 traffic.

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#259728 - 09/01/15 08:54 AM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Flubber4.0]
KSP_530 Offline
Pilot in Command

Registered: 07/06/10
Posts: 299
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: Flubber4.0
Beware of the Rasperry [censored] in an aircraft, I repeat, avoid putting such a gremlin into something your life depends upon! These devices are the biggest nightmare in an EM sensitive environment I ever saw - and I spent years in sensible environments development.


I did read about someone reporting interference withe the transponder on reddit. They recommend setting the device away from the instruments, somewhere in the back with the antenna sticking out near a window. Hopefully, I will test mine out tonight and report back.

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#259737 - 09/01/15 11:03 AM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: KSP_530]
RickG Offline
Pilot in Command

Registered: 09/30/10
Posts: 389
Loc: Durham, NC
I've made 5 flights with the device ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours. The device works flawlessly and at this point there must be at least a few hundred of us flying with the unit. I've tested with the following on the iPad: FF, WingX, FlyQ (not working) and FlightPlan Go (which works with a few tweaks).

It may have been me that reported transponder interference - that was my first time out and had a lot to do where I placed the device (I thought I was being clever placing it in my glovebox which probably amplified all the signals). I wouldn't put this on a shelf next to the rest of your avionics, but there is no need for that either. I've had no issues with ATC, radio comms, transponder etc.

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#259742 - 09/01/15 12:34 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: RickG]
Curious1 Offline
Gold Pilot

Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 1409
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
The thread is interesting. It looks like a battery powered device, and if plugged into the aircraft power port (formerly known as the cigarette lighter), or??? it will receive wx etc... but not traffic unless there's an "out" device on the aircraft.

This is just ADS-B IN, correct? If 'OUT' is it fully TSO'd?


Edited by Curious1 (09/01/15 12:37 PM)
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#259745 - 09/01/15 02:15 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Curious1]
Teg916 Offline
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Registered: 04/29/13
Posts: 675
Loc: Sacramento, ca
I don't think you need ADS-B out in order to receive traffic. I would wager that you are not supposed to have a handheld device with ADS-B out.

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#259776 - 09/01/15 04:38 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Teg916]
Henry M. Online   content
Gold Pilot

Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 1988
Loc: Leander, TX
ADS-B out causes traffic data to be sent to an aircraft. If you are near an aircraft with ADS-B Out, you will also receive the data, even if you don't have Out. Weather is broadcast to everybody, so you will get it even without ADD-B Out.
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#259778 - 09/01/15 04:55 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Henry M.]
Curious1 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 1409
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Henry: That's my understanding. I believe the regs say the "OUT" part of ADS/B has to be installed (i.e. panel mounted) in the aircraft and TSO'd for the Cessna (not EAB?) aircraft. Any box or hand held device not permanantly mounted to the aircraft can supply "IN" data feeds.

I don't understand why avonics, including ADS/B devices, don't necessarily have to have TSO if mounted in an EAB. Maybe someone can enlighten me.
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#259790 - 09/01/15 07:14 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Curious1]
Don Tedrow Offline
Platinum Pilot

Registered: 07/16/10
Posts: 3659
Loc: Bastrop, TX
My understanding of the *latest* FAA interpretation is that the EAB aircraft builder will have to supply some sort of documentation that his/her ADS-B out meets TSO standards, though it may not have been fully TSO'd.

https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/eaa-news-and-...mental-aircraft
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#259794 - 09/01/15 07:35 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Don Tedrow]
Curious1 Offline
Gold Pilot

Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 1409
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
I guess that'd work for an EAB (until someone's "Smith Zinger" gets too close to an airliner and creates a political problem for the EAA). Kinda interesting how the "wild west" and the "stuffy bureaucracy" of the FAA are working this issue.
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#259797 - 09/01/15 08:10 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Curious1]
IDontFly Offline
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Registered: 06/22/10
Posts: 1341
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Quote:
I don't think you need ADS-B out in order to receive traffic. I would wager that you are not supposed to have a handheld device with ADS-B out.

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ADS-B out causes traffic data to be sent to an aircraft. If you are near an aircraft with ADS-B Out, you will also receive the data, even if you don't have Out. Weather is broadcast to everybody, so you will get it even without ADS-B Out.

There are two frequencies used for ADS-B. One is 978 MHz, otherwise known as UAT, and the other is 1090 MHz. Weather is always broadcast on UAT. Traffic can be broadcast on either UAT or 1090 MHz.

Aircraft with ADS-B out broadcast their locations and any aircraft within range can receive them directly if they have ADS-B in and their receiver is on the right frequency.

Ground stations also broadcast ADS-B traffic information. They broadast two kinds. One is that they broadcast the location of aircraft which do not have ADS-B out but do have mode C transponders. They get the position information from radar. This is called TIS-B.

The other is cross-band. If an aircraft sends a traffic information ADS-B message on UAT the ground station may re-transmit that on 1090 MHz and vice-versa. This is called ADS-R.

The ground stations only broadcast traffic information if they think there is an aircraft which can use it. They determine this by listening to the ADS-B broadcasts from aircraft. Part of the message the aircraft sends tells the ground station whether it has ADS-B in, and if so whether it is listening on UAT, 1090, or both.

So for example if an aircraft broadcasts that it has ADS-B in on both UAT and 1090 MHz the ground station will not send any ADS-R transmissions because it knows the plane can pick them up directly. But it will broadcast TIS-B messages about any nearby aircraft.

If you have ADS-B in but not ADS-B out you will receive traffic from any aircraft which have ADS-B out and are transmitting on a frequency you are receiving. You may also receive traffic from ground stations if there an aircraft nearby which has ADS-B out nearby which is causing the ground station to broadcast.

Portable ADS-B out transponders do exist. They do not meet the 2020 requirement. Some people use them to trigger ground stations so they will see TIS-B traffic. However the FAA is changing the way ground stations work so they will only respond to ADS-B out from installed transponders.

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#259798 - 09/01/15 08:15 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: IDontFly]
multisync Online   content
Pilot in Command

Registered: 08/28/12
Posts: 469
Loc: CA
Does TIS-B require Mode S transponder?

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#259802 - 09/01/15 09:19 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: multisync]
LAHSO4 Offline
Safety Pilot

Registered: 12/16/12
Posts: 47
Loc: USA
TO MY UNDERSTANDING...

TIS-B is an IN function and thus does NOT require a transponder, but requires an ADS-B IN component. e.g. Stratus 2 with foreflight.
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#259828 - 09/01/15 10:59 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: LAHSO4]
Desert Hawk Offline
Silver Pilot

Registered: 06/30/13
Posts: 919
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
TIS, what some call TIS-A, is what is available with S-mode transponders in certain radar environments.

TIS-B is part of ADS-B. An S-mode transponder is not required for TIS-B (although ADS-B OUT is required for some traffic types and coverage- see below).
-Air to Air TIS-B traffic can be picked up from any nearby ADS-B OUT equipped aircraft with ADS-B IN.
-Ground to Air TIS-B traffic, however, requires ADS-B IN as well as either ADS-B OUT (so that the ground processing system knows to send you traffic for your "hockey puck" of airspace), or else requires some other ADS-B OUT equipped aircraft to be close enough to you so that you can receive TIS-B traffic reports for "their" "hockey puck" of airspace. In the latter case, you may not get 100% of the traffic in "your" "hockey puck" of airspace.
-And finally, TIS-B Rebroadcast, which allows traffic from the opposite band (for single band ADS-B receivers) in "your" "hockey puck" of airspace to be "rebroadcast" up to you on your own ADS-B band. This required ADS-B IN and ADS-B OUT.

ADS-B OUT can be fulfilled either by a 1090 Extended Squinter transponder or by an 978 UAT transmitter, either of which must be fed by a WAAS position source.
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#259869 - 09/02/15 01:20 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Desert Hawk]
multisync Online   content
Pilot in Command

Registered: 08/28/12
Posts: 469
Loc: CA
After Desert Hawk's response I am following up on my first question.

Is it then true that this device by itself will display traffic from only ADS-B OUT aircraft and non-ADS-B OUT traffic only if another ADS-B OUT aircraft is nearby to piggy-back?

Is it also true that reception of non-ADS-B OUT traffic (without another nearby ADS-B OUT aircraft) requires a 1090 Extended Squinter transponder or an 978 UAT transmitter, both which must be fed by a WAAS position source?

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#259887 - 09/02/15 02:33 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: multisync]
RickG Offline
Pilot in Command

Registered: 09/30/10
Posts: 389
Loc: Durham, NC
I'd highly recommend you spend an hour watching this Webinar that will answer your questions regarding ADS-B Traffic and Weather

http://ipadpilotnews.com/2015/08/ads-b-webinar-recording-now-available/

http://ipadpilotnews.com/2015/06/ads-b-weather-look-like/

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#259912 - 09/02/15 06:00 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: multisync]
Desert Hawk Offline
Silver Pilot

Registered: 06/30/13
Posts: 919
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
<Is it then true that this device by itself will display traffic from only ADS-B OUT aircraft and non-ADS-B OUT traffic only if another ADS-B OUT aircraft is nearby to piggy-back?>

Yes. And not only that, but the non-ADSB traffic have to be in Radar coverage.

<Is it also true that reception of non-ADS-B OUT traffic (without another nearby ADS-B OUT aircraft) requires a 1090 Extended Squinter transponder or an 978 UAT transmitter, both which must be fed by a WAAS position source?>

Yes. The only way to receive traffic on non-ADSB participating traffic is if the ground station detects it from Radar and sends it to you. And that can only happen if you have ADSB-OUT or are nearby another plane who has ADSB-OUT. ADSB-OUT can be met by either a 1090 Extended Squinter transponder fed by WAAS position source or an 978 UAT transmitter fed by a WAAS position source.

I fly in and around the Phoenix Class Brave with a Stratus2 and no ADSB OUT. When Im within about 40 miles of Phoenix, then I see a fair amount of non-ADSB OUT traffic (from Radar) since Im often close to other planes with ADSB-OUT. But when I get farther away from Phoenix and farther away from other planes, all I can see if ADSB-OUT equiped air to air reports.

This is driven by the design of the ADSB System. Any ADSB-IN plane without ADSB-OUT will have the same limitations.
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#259917 - 09/02/15 06:33 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Desert Hawk]
Singh Offline
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Registered: 11/01/10
Posts: 396
Loc: MA, USA
If this is what it truly is...then this will render stratus out of business soon.

If I am not mistaken none of the handhelds including GPS, stratus etc are for certified use in an airplane.
If we can use iPhone's Foreflight and Garmin gps watch then we should be ok to use this gremlin...

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#259919 - 09/02/15 06:38 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: Desert Hawk]
IDontFly Offline
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Registered: 06/22/10
Posts: 1341
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Quote:
And finally, TIS-B Rebroadcast, which allows traffic from the opposite band (for single band ADS-B receivers) in "your" "hockey puck" of airspace to be "rebroadcast" up to you on your own ADS-B band. This required ADS-B IN and ADS-B OUT.

A minor terminology correction. TIS-B is the ground station's broadcast of planes whose position is determined by radar. ADS-R is the re-transmission of ADS-B broadcasts from planes on the other band.

This probably doesn't matter except when you are asking ADS-B technical questions of an FAA representative (which is how I know this...)

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#260024 - 09/03/15 03:43 PM Re: Poor man's ADS-B for your tablet [Re: IDontFly]
ytodd Offline
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Registered: 03/29/11
Posts: 2582
Loc: Illinois
Nice EAA article on this project.

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