Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)

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Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
ADS-B.jpg
Frequencies 1090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz1,090,000,000 HzHertz (Hz), unit of frequency, defined as one cycle per second (1 Hz).
1,090,000 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
1,090,000 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
1,090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz
1,090,000 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
1,090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz
Frequency Range 1,090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz1,090,000,000 HzHertz (Hz), unit of frequency, defined as one cycle per second (1 Hz).
1,090,000 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
- 1,090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz1,090,000,000 HzHertz (Hz), unit of frequency, defined as one cycle per second (1 Hz).
1,090,000 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
Mode RAW
Modulation PPMPulse Position Modulation
ACF
Bandwidth 50 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz50,000 HzHertz (Hz), unit of frequency, defined as one cycle per second (1 Hz).
0.05 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz
50 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
0.05 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz
50 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz
0.05 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz
Location Worldwide
Short Description ADS-B is used by aircraft as an alternative to secondary radar. It broadcasts GPS position (latitude, longitude), pressure altitude, callsign, as well as track and ground speed separated into messages carrying 10 bytes of data each.
I/Q Raw Recording Download file
Audio Sample
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is used by aircraft as an alternative to secondary radar. It broadcasts GPS position (latitude, longitude), pressure, altitude, callsign, as well as track and ground speed separated into messages carrying 10 bytes of data each. ADS-B uses PPMPulse Position Modulation to transmit data.

There are two types of ADS-B:

  • one that transmits at 1090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz using the mode-S extended squitter (downlink format 17) of the SSR transponder, with about 50 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz of bandwidth;
  • one that transmits at 978 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz (UAT, Universal Access Transceiver), using a larger bandwidth of about 1.3 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz and also transmitting weather data.

Samples[edit]

AMAmplitude Modulation Mode (Only to hear, you cannot decode from these)


Frequencies[edit]

  • Mode-S extended squitter: 1090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz;
  • UAT: 978 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz.

Decoding Software[edit]

Hobby Level Software

Decoding Tutorials[edit]

Antennas[edit]

ADS-B is vertically polarized. High gain antennas such as collinear antennas with gain directed towards the horizon tend to work well. Other antennas like 1/4 wave ground planes and J-Poles also work well.

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