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ADSB.im

Simple to use ADSB Feeder Images
(not just) for common Single Board Computers

Supported Hardware

Supported Single Board Computers (SBCs)
Most importantly: you need a decent power supply. No, not a USB charger. An actual power supply designed for a single board computer. For most RPi3 class boards you can get away with a 5V/2.5A powersupply. For anything more powerful I recommend a 5V/4A power supply.
Boards that are actively tested and should work:
  • Raspberry Pi 4 or Pi 5 (the Pi 5 certainly is overkill, a Pi 4 with 2G RAM will do just fine)
  • Orange Pi Zero3 (currently my favorite when it comes to price / performance) -- but for just a little more money you can get a 1GB Pi4 which is still preferable
  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, Pi Model 3 A+/B(+) (note that a Raspberry Pi Zero W will NOT work; also, we are investigating some MLAT instability with Pi 3 models, so potentially not the best choice)
  • Libre Computer Le Potato
  • Orange Pi 3 LTS (no wifi support), 4 LTS, 5, and 5 Plus (these are all known to work, but not tested regularly)
  • Nano Pi NEO 3
  • Odroid C4 and xu4 (not tested by the developers but in active use)
  • There are a number of images for various flavors of x86-64 VMs as well as an x86-64 native .ISO that can be installed on any x86-64 system.
Additionally, the software stack can be installed on any board that supports DietPi, and even on most Debian or Ubuntu Linux systems. Please note that installing the adsb.im software in a VM is known to cause MLAT issues when the USB SDR is passed through to the VM.
Supported Software Defined Radios (SDRs)
  • Airspy Mini (expensive, but by far the best supported SDR for ADS-B/1090MHz)
  • Rtl-Sdr.com v3 and v4 dongle
  • FlightAware pro stick (includes 1090MHz filter and a low noise amplifier)
  • RadarBox green stick (includes 1090MHz filter and a low noise amplifier)
  • AdsbExchange blue stick (includes 1090MHz filter and a low noise amplifier)
  • RadarBox red stick (includes 978MHz filter and a low noise amplifier -- for UAT978)
  • Nooelec NESDR SMArt and SMArTee
  • Most other RTL2838 based USB sticks should work
  • SDRplay RSP1a and RSP1b - other models might work as well
Antennas
  • You'll get by far the best results with an outdoor antenna mounted as high as possible (for good visibility to the horizon)
  • Matthias Wirth's wiki has a great summary of some of the antenna options
Filters and LNAs (low noise amplifiers)
  • some of the recommended SDRs above already include filter and LNA
  • especially when investing in the Airspy Mini and a good outdoor antenna, a filtered LNA is a very useful addition. Again, great info on Matthias' wiki
SD cards (well, technically µSD cards)
  • While the software fits on an 8GB card, it's generally better to go for a larger card as that extends the useful life of the card. Flash cells have a limited amount of write cycles and a larger card will balance the writes across more cells. The software stack tries to reduce unnecessary writes, but we still see especially 8GB cards die fairly regularly.
  • Ideally you want a class 10 card from a name brand. ScanDisk Ultra have been known to be reliable
  • Many other brands also have decent cards - but shy away from anything where the price is too good to be true
  • Personally, for most of my feeders I use 64GB SanDisk Extreme cards - others have been very happy with the SanDisk Industrial and Samsung High Endurance cards.

Sample hardware setups that are known to work well.
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