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It’s probably worth pointing out that ‘maximise compatibility’ is a feature that was introduced with the iPhone 12, when the personal hotspot feature started using 5GHz wifi by default. You won’t see that setting on the PH menu for earlier phones as they only use 2.4GHz for the PH.

Technical Support / Re: iGRID - Two devices required?
« on: July 03, 2022, 03:10:31 pm »
First flight using IGrid today, Andrewsfield out to the East, Clacton-Felixstowe and return. A regular route I do just for a bit of currency

First Impressions, A LOT more targets are visible, that's for sure  ;D
A lot more -relevant- targets, i.e. likely to represent a threat, or just a lot more distant clutter?

It’s a genuine question, as I really want to know whether it’s worth the the extra faff every time I go flying.

Technical Support / Re: Random traffic?
« on: June 29, 2022, 08:48:39 am »
Mode ‘C/S+Filter’ needs selecting. It’s probably your own Mode C which is being displayed.

Technical Support / Re: IGrid WiFi
« on: June 20, 2022, 02:03:54 pm »
... All Wi-Fi & Bluetooth is turned off on the iPhone ...

I suspect that was your problem. When you turn off wifi, it disables the hot-spot - it's a wifi hot-spot.

OGN-R PilotAware / Re: ATOM station avoid direct overhead transit.
« on: May 03, 2022, 05:42:36 am »
What a bizarre concept. Surely you’ll get a better Vector picture of the overall performance of your PAW installation by not tracking to or from ATOM stations.

Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 22, 2022, 05:11:33 pm »
Well, replacing the bridge with a loaner seems to have done the job. A flight in a BD4 (40334A) today with my unit, is showing a much more respectable reception pattern on Vector.

Pete G here is happy for me to continue with his loaner for the time being so some longer term testing with the unit in its correct position in in the AA5 should prove definitive. I'll also try the original attached antenna as well, comparing results between the two types should be interesting.

Thanks all and especially Peter here for the suggestions and assistance.

Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 22, 2022, 08:00:58 am »
I'm wondering if the P3i connector has parted from the PCB? This is a weak area and prone to damage by a knock.
I’ve checked, and here is no obvious loosening or cracking. P3i reception seems fine, although I accept that the two are not the same.

Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 19, 2022, 02:38:43 pm »

Many thanks for the comprehensive investigative work, and it's interesting to note that you can confirm that the issues predate the software upgrade. The AA5 is not really an issue. I keep the Rosetta on the front of the coaming strapped to an Anker battery pack which gives good forward and side visibility - historically Vector show good range reception.

I tried the unit today (in a different aircraft, a C152, (hex code 401FFA) with the new remote antenna mounted vertically with the suckers in the front side of the windscreen) and a quick look at Vector shows that transmit performance remains less than par. This was with the fresh install correctly configured.

I'll contact Ash, but before I do, I'll see if I can borrow a spare bridge from Peter G here and give it a try.


Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 17, 2022, 02:08:46 pm »
Latest update:

I’ve bought a remote internal antenna and tested the unit with it, with not much change in performance as far as ground stations are concerned. I’ve only seen one PAW equipped aircraft during this test and that was quite local, so not particularly conclusive.

All this lines up with updating to the latest version using the iOS app, so I thought I’d try a fresh install on a new SD card.

Having gone through that, now the bloody thing now won’t recognise my licence key, and is constantly telling me it’s expired. If I drop the old card back in, everything works (notwithstanding the range issue), so I need help please in sorting out why ia fresh install is not recognising a perfectly good licence key, even after multiple reboots.

Further update:

I noticed that SD card I’d used was only 4GB, so I tried again with a 64GB one, with the same result. I’ve also noticed that the Config page doesn’t show the three ‘positional contacts’ settings, nor the volume settings. Is that just because it thinks a valid licence key hasn’t been entered, or a sign of something else?

As a footnote I’d dropped my original ‘updated to 20220101 via the iOS app’ card back in, just to see if there was something wrong with the box itself, and it picked up a PAW (only) equipped aircraft over 30km away from inside my conservatory, so P3i receive works fine. It’s just I haven’t really been able to establish whether the transmit side is flakey.

Further further update:

I generated a new licence key from the pilotlode website and the fresh install now works! I'll try the box tomorrow and see how it performs on the P3i transmit side with a fresh install when airborne.

Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 09, 2022, 10:38:05 am »
Thankyou for the offer Jonathan.

I've opened up the box and to my untrained eye all looks in order. The Bridge was seated properly and the SMA connector seems to be robustly fastened.

Looking at the antenna itself, I slid the plastic body off the stub to reveal the inner cable. I assume that a length of shielding is left exposed, twisted and folded back to make contact with the metal inner of the antenna. If that is the case I was surprised that only four strands were of a length to acheive this. Image below.

Have I wrecked the antenna by opening it in this way? If not, should there be more of the shielding exposed to form a better contact with the inner sleeve of the antenna?

Once again, thanks to all for their suggestions.

Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 08, 2022, 10:40:32 am »

Thanks again for the comprehensive reply. Of course, it was the Status page and not the Config page I'd sent! Unfortunately I didn't have that saved at the same time. The antennae are standard Rosetta attached to the casing.

I'm going to fish the box back from the aircraft today and try some bench checks as suggested. Once iI've found the time to do that I'll let you know how I get on.



Technical Support / Re: Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 07, 2022, 07:44:39 pm »
Hi Peter,

Thanks for the reply.

1. Licence has definitely not expired!
2. I happened to snap the config page during one of the flights - 3D fix with 11 of the 12 in view satellites in use. The SkyDemon tracks were unbroken for the flights.
3. I’ve checked Vector for the default hex as you suggest, and no hits were reported.

I’ve attached the config page if it helps with any further ideas.

Technical Support / Weak P3i transmission?
« on: March 05, 2022, 05:56:06 pm »

I have PAW in the cockpit, and ADS-B out via certified Mode S-ES from a Trig Transponder, the source being a GNS430W.

Since the upgrade to the latest version (athough I can't put my hand on my heart and say it's definitely aligned with that) I've noticed that Vector is indicating that ground stations are barely picking up my P3i signals. I'm using PAW as a position/traffic source for two copies of SD and there has been no problem with track recording, nor is it failing to pick up and display traffic. This is definitely a new thing, and the location of the PAW has not changed. I would previously often get PAW detected at up to 60-80Km, with a good forward radial coverage.

Vector diagrams for the last 5 flights over two days as follows, PAW first and ADS-B out second.

Any ideas?


Technical Support / Re: Help Funke transponder ttr800a connection
« on: November 23, 2021, 06:53:06 pm »
Track not heading. :)

General Discussion / Re: Enhancement Requests
« on: August 18, 2021, 02:08:23 pm »
You can do this already by saving a different profile for each aircraft.

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