Getting up an ADS-B receiver on a Raspberry PI #Raspberrypi #PiDay

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Setup a basic ADS-B receiver on a Raspberry PI Zero W, Via Area-51 blog

This post describes how I setup a basic ADS-B receiver on a Raspberry PI Zero W using a USB RTL2832U based Software Defined Radio so that you can see any ADS-B equipped aircraft in your local area and present it on your own website.

Equipment used

  1. Raspberry PI Zero W
  2. RPI Power supply
  3. SD card – I used a SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHS-1 card as I have a few as spares lying around but any one for a PI will do
  4. micro-B USB to USB A female cable to connect the SDR to the PI Zero
  5. Realtek RTL2832U based USB SDR. I had one on the shelf for a few years but you can get suitable ones for about £10-£20 online, think I paid about £15 for it
  6. USB keyboard, mini-HDMI to HDMI adaptor & HDMI cable (for setup only)
    Now I used a PI Zero W was I wanted something small and dedicated to this but you can use any PI for this as long as there’s a network connection available for it (so a Zero W or a PI 2B & up)

Note: In this article I use vi as the editor, but there are others – the most common one used is pico which you might be more used to – just replace vi with pico in the commands below if you want to use that editor instead.

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