Now running a Flightradar24 receiver in Singapore: T-WSAP38. Range is fairly limited due to surrounding buildings and not having an amplificator on the antenna. Not much I can do about that for now.
Stats here — click on top users: Yeri (#13 atm).
Flightradar24 (T-EBBR55) antenna being installed right next to BRU airport.
Due to interference (GSM? WiFi (very very unlikely)? High voltage power lines?) we moved it to the side, as seen below.
While it is blind from half a side, it can see all the way up to London and beyond.
This is the result:
As comparison, this is T-EBBR43 (Not placed as high, at my parents’ house):
Merged data from EBBR43, EBBR44 and EBBR55:
Here’s my very simple Ansible playbook for Flightradar24 nodes.
While I run it on EfikaMX, it should work on most Debian based devices. Just be sure to modify the FR24 software download URL.
This Ansible playbook is untested on its own. It comes out of a way bigger (private) Ansible playbook, and I kind of just copy pasted this part, as others might benefit from it.
After running Ansible, you should reboot for driver blacklisting to work in cases it’s needed on your device (it is on RPis). And be sure to edit
/root/flightradar24.sh with your key.
In a couple of lines: how to get FR24 (+ dump1090) to work on your Raspberry Pi.
Be sure to have the right hardware: flightradar24.com/dvbt-stick and … obviously … a RPi.
I got a NooElec from Amazon because I didn’t have the patience to wait for something (that might not work) from AliExpress.
apt-get update && apt-get install cmake gcc pkg-config libusb-1.0 make git-core libc-dev
git clone git://git.osmocom.org/rtl-sdr.git
cmake ../ -DINSTALL_UDEV_RULES=ON
make && make install
And be sure to Blacklist the normal driver:
echo "blacklist dvb_usb_rtl28xxu" > /etc/modprobe.d/dvb-t.conf
And at this point you should
As regular user (
screen part is no longer needed as the new FR24 program will automatically launch and execute it for you):
git clone https://github.com/MalcolmRobb/dump1090.git
ln -s dump1090 /bin/
screen -dmS dump ./dump1090 --interactive --net --net-beast --net-ro-port 31001 --net-http-port 8888
Now get the FR24 software. In case you get a 404, get the latest version here new Raspberry Pi version is here, Linux (AMD64 & ARMv7) is here.
You can get your long & lat here.
Follow the updated howto on the page. The underlying code is no longer relevant.
tar xvzf fr24feed*
I’ll ask a couple of questions (answer them correctly):
Step 1/5 - Enter Latitude (DD.DDDD)
Step 2/5 - Enter Longitude (DD.DDDD)
Step 3/5 - Enter your email address ([email protected])
Step 4/5 - Enter your the hostname of the data feed (leave empty for localhost)
Step 5/5 - Enter your the port number of the data feed (leave empty for 30003)
Validating form data...OK
The closest airport found is 'Brussels Airport (ICAO:EBBR IATA:BRU)' near Brussels.
Flightradar24 may, if needed, use your email address to contact you regarding your data feed.
Would you like to continue using these settings?
It will give you a key (and e-mail it to you) after a couple of minutes. Keep this key, as it’s important.
That’s it. As dump1090 is already running, all you have to do is start flightradar and you’re good to go.
This is the script I use to start it all (in screen, allowing me to check it). As normal user:
nano -w flightradar.sh
And copy paste the following (+ edit the variables):
#screen -dmS dump ./dump1090 --interactive --net --net-beast --net-ro-port 31001 --net-http-port 8888
screen -dmS flightradar24 ./fr24feed_arm-rpi_242 --fr24key=$KEY
chmod +x flightradar.sh
To start the script, simply run
./flightradar.sh, and check what’s happening with
screen -r dump or
screen -r flightradar.
To auto start this script at boot time, I edit rc.local as root:
nano -w /etc/rc.local
And add the following at the end but BEFORE exit 0:
su yeri -c /home/yeri/flightradar.sh
Obviously, modify the path and the user it should run under (in this case as “yeri”).
PS: Be sure to signup again every time you move your Raspberry around (the coords seem to be hardcoded in the key).
PPS: You can get Premium access here now: flightradar24.com/premium (and check fancy graphs about your “radar”).