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Please go to my GitHub site: https://thebaldgeek.github.io/

If you just want planes on a map…. http://thebaldgeek.net:99/recombine/
Muck about with the layers under the little blue icon in the top mid right corner.
You can also adjust thing by clicking on the gear icon.
If you want (need?) to see the data rates for that map, you can; http://thebaldgeek.net:99/graphs1090/
If you don’t care about ADSB aircraft, then you can look at just the aircraft that we are tracking via satellite here; http://thebaldgeek.net:99/tar1090/
If you want to get a feel for the satellite coverage over the past 24 hours hit this link (it’s memory heavy, zoom and pan slowly); http://thebaldgeek.net:99/tar1090/?pTracks

This next one is THE one if you are interested in ACARS.

Live ACARS, VDL, HFDL and Inmarsat data for the Socal / Phoenix area, and C-Band and L-Band ACARS messages for most of the planet (broken down into different bands and types of aircrafts (like Bizjets and Military).

This site is fed from Inmarsat 98W (4F3), 54W (3F5), 143E (4F1) and 25E (AF1).
There are three main players that send their data from different parts of the globe (Australia, America and the UK).
While all of us work together to keep our data feeds up and running 24*7, its tricky, so just be patient with the data quality.

Take your time on that ‘site’. The menu is on the top left (the three bars).
We are constantly working on the site, check the updates page at the bottom if you want to know what’s new or has been changed.
The site is a case of function over form. It is not really ‘friendly’, but its rather powerful.
For example, you can filter on commercial or military CPDLC messages, or ACARS messages in general.

Some other links that are worth checking out (I feed my data to them).
FlightAware Misery Map.


Adventures in ACARS and ADSC (ADSB via Inmarsat) Read about it in my blog.

There are a lot of pieces and parts that make up the functionality of the sites linked above.
For example, there is a small satellite dish with a modified GPS antenna mounted at the feed-horn location for the Inmarasat ACARS messages. It feeds into an RTLSDR USB dongle with a 30 foot long USB lead to an Intel NUC that runs SDRSharp and Jaero to decode the data stream. SDR# has 6 VFO plugins running to pick up 6 channels of ACARS data. This data is fed into Node-RED for filtering, decoding and displaying on the web page.

The HFDL is feed from a receiver located in Phoenix (Temecula had too high of a noise floor). Another Intel NUC is running the program sorcerer. Node-RED then streams the decoded data from Phoenix to Temecula where it is further decoded and presented on the web page.
Using MQTT Node-RED is able to change the frequencies of the twin SDRs remotely. This enables us to track propagation changes somewhat. The SDRs use the CAT protocol, which is serial, so Node-RED converts the MQTT commands to serial on the computer in PHX.

Node-RED is a massive part of all websites as it shuffles data around and also builds the main dashboard website.
It also is how we do the word filtering on the ACARS messages and refines them for the email and dash board filtering of pilot reports, engine reports, weather reports and so on.

VDL messages are streamed via dumpvdl from the Raspberry Pi’s at the different sites and picked up by Node-RED and funneled into the main flow to be sorted and indexed.

ACARS messages are streamed by the Raspberry Pi’s at the different sites and picked up by Node-RED an funneled into the main flow to be sorted and indexed.

A few MySQL databases are used, one with ICAO tail numbers (a hand made mashup of https://www.mictronics.de/aircraft-database/ and BaseStation.sqb), another with airport data.

The end result is a very custom built website and suite of software that is very unique.

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