ADSB# – Windows ADSB Decoder for use with a RTL-SDR

If you’re looking for an application to receive ADS-B signals in AVR format using your RTL-SDR while running Windows, be sure to head over to SDRSharp.com and check out ADSB#. It can be quite a bit of fun to track the Aircraft that may be flying over your home or office at this very moment. Aircraft from all over the world are equipt to emit signals in this mode. ADSB# should be compatible with the majority of plane plotting software (ex. PlanePlotter, Virtual Radar Server, adsbSCOPE, etc…).

ADS-B, an acronym for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast is a technology that allows tracking aircrafts using high speed radio transmissions. I have never had much interest in this technology until recently. While I was fiddling with this mode with Ian, we discovered a very simple way of demodulating this digital mode using the cheap DVB-T/FM (rtlsdr) dongles. This diagram explains how it works:

adsb-detectionThe final application, ADSB# (read ADSB-Sharp) is released under the MIT license and looks a bit like this:

adsb-sharp

For the download link and more information, head on over to SDRSharp.com and check out the page on ADSB#. For a great guide on getting started with ADSB, check out the guide at RTL-SDR.com.

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