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OGN-R PilotAware / Re: Shobdon ATOM Station failure
« on: July 08, 2020, 04:03:19 pm »
Tom Galloway inserted a new card in Shobden today.
I checked the system as it is now on the grid and we can log on to diagnose the fault.
The problem is that the SD card allocated to the Flarm antenna cannot be seen.
This is because the installation was a very early one with the dongle in a not so waterproof enclosure
This means that the dongle has got wet and failed.
The solution is to change over to coax and have the Flarm dongle in the warm
We will also at the same time put in a 1090 antenna so that we can detect mode-S and also be a feeder for 360 RADAR.

Moral of the story

1 Get your station upgraded to the latest ATOM GRID software so remote diagnostics can be done
2 Don't use powered USB extenders unless you are sure that the dongle won't get wet. This one lasted 2 years.
3 update to 1090 antenna


Latest News / Re: New You Tube Video
« on: June 27, 2020, 07:24:45 pm »
Another 2 YouTube Videos Have Been Uploaded

Two new videos have been uploaded. Both include information on the PilotAware ATOM GRID Network.

The first video is a description of the ATOM GRID Network. It includes a brief introduction on how it works and some of the functionalities.

The second video describes how all Electronic Conspicuity devices, particularly stand-alone carry on devices, can suffer from performance degradation and how improved installation and help from the ATOM GRID Network can overcome this in certain instances and also help with interoperability between systems.

Hopefully, these will provide more information on how the PilotAware infrastructure works and encourage more stations to be installed in the UK and mainland Europe.



General Discussion / Re: ATOM-GRID
« on: June 23, 2020, 11:31:12 pm »
Hi Neil Sure on all counts I will PM you


General Discussion / Re: LAA Approval of PilotAware installation?
« on: June 17, 2020, 04:46:56 pm »
Hi Chris
I gave the cable extensions to Chris this morning.
PilotAware is classed as carry-on equipment unless it's permanently installed as you will be doing. I have an agreement with the LAA and BMAA that this can be done by simply by advising your inspector. The difference is that we do not transmit on an aviation frequency so the process is simplified.



General Discussion / Re: The Graffiti Conspicuity Device
« on: May 21, 2020, 09:23:26 pm »
Yes all of those things
All will be revealed soon
In a Cessna at 3000ft it was detected at 99 Kms


And the man was there to feed the dog.
Actually the only strike I remember amongst exchange engineers was in the seventies?
They were out for a week an the fault rates went down. Good old strowger days

Latest News / New You Tube Video
« on: May 17, 2020, 05:02:22 pm »
Another New YouTube Video Uploaded

Another You Tube video has been uploaded. This describes what PilotAware Rosetta is at the highest level in a block diagram format. Most forumites will know this but it does also hint at some of the next developments now we have the support of ATOM GRID.

The previous new YouTube video described what types of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) are available in the UK and Europe and how PilotAware Classic and Rosetta units can see more aircraft than any other device available. There is a clear description of what can and can't be seen and an introduction to ATOM GRID and Mode-S 3D. The video can be seen here

This seems to follow on straight after  the latest one

Please socialise this new, new one to anyone who is unclear of what can and can't be seen by PilotAware and how the 178 ATOM GRID stations will light up their screens with aircraft when they are in range. Please Subscribe and Thumbs Up if you like the video.

Working on the ATOM GRID Video now.



Hi Clive

Whilst we encourage folks to install the antennas externally and DIY dont forget we have installation kits that give you correct parts to do this. Make sure that the cables you use are low loss 50ohms. Flexible LM240 or better. Using low grade cables is false economy.



General Discussion / Re: Development of PAW
« on: April 09, 2020, 10:50:15 am »
I'm not sure that Mode S outnumbers Mode C, but looking forward to getting airborne again soon

Yes, there are much more Mode-S than Mode-C Transponders in the UK.

The figures show that 66% of GA aircraft attending the LAA Rally last September had Mode-S transponders whereas only 1% had Mode-C only. The number of Mode-S transponders is significantly greater than Mode-C only ones

The data was collected electronically by PilotAware ATOM GRID Ground stations as PilotAware is the only company capable of collecting everything in this manner but this was also compared with paper records.  The presentation was by John Brady, Airspace for All A4A.



General Discussion / Re: Development of PAW
« on: April 07, 2020, 01:33:34 pm »
Hi Peter Thanks for your post

Firstly let me answer your points in turn.

The last update was around 10 months ago and, to be honest, I haven't been able to use some of the new features (the multilateration doesn't seem to work for me in the Far SW,

I notice that from earlier posts you are based at Dunkswell EGTU. The SW is one of the least serviced areas by the ground network although the guys recently installed a great site at Western Zoyland.

The OGN-R site at EGTU has been up and down since the unfortunate death of Chris Parsons, who maintained the system. So perhaps when you went flying and couldn't see the gliders it was possibly because it was down at the time.
When flying you can check if you are in-range of an OGN Station as this will be shown on the top right-hand side of the PilotAware RADAR screen. Obviously if you are not in range then you will not see gliders nor Mode-S 3D.

It would be great if we had more sites in the SW such as Bodmin, Perranporth, Truro or even on folks houses to improve the network range. All offers gratefully accepted.

I rarely see Mode C traffic, even when I am flying alongside them. I seem only to pick up Mode S, ADSB and PAW.

 There is no reason why you should See Mode-S and not Mode-C as a bearing-less target. Both need to be interrogated by 1030MHz and this may not happen at low levels in remote areas. There are however considerably less Mode-C than Mode-S transponders installed.

SD does produce more regular updates and their version history now shows forthcoming developments. Is this a practical thing for PAW to do?

SD has more resources than PilotAware but I will produce an update to let you know what we are up to which is considerable.

Finally, could the PAW team bring us up to speed as to what they are working on and the direction of travel of PAW, as far as they can.

Yes I will put it in the to-do list.



OGN-R PilotAware / Re: WiFi
« on: March 23, 2020, 09:06:38 am »
Hi Frank

Unfortunately the WIFi will only work with a Pi 3 not a pi 2 with a dongle



Technical Support / Re: All dongles RED :(
« on: March 18, 2020, 08:34:26 am »
No problem with the NeSDR that you have bought we have used them in Rosetta.



General Discussion / Re: Happy Customer
« on: February 23, 2020, 09:31:26 am »

Good luck with the Eurofox a great all round aircraft


Technical Support / Re: 1090 not working
« on: February 02, 2020, 05:56:33 pm »
The dongles that PilotAware supplies are suitable for Rosetta or classic



Technical Support / Re: Broken bridge
« on: February 02, 2020, 05:54:42 pm »
Hi Jerry

Top man

Thanks for the support


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