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User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1748 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

Does anyone run this tool. how hard is it to set up. I know you can get the prog. off the net for free, and a scanner is not that expensive. I was thinking of getting it, but I dont want anything to elaborate.

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User currently offlineGr325 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

I have used WACARS. The program is free it self. You do need a scanner thoug. What you also need to buy is a ittle cable between your soundblaster and the scanner. (earphone output).
It is really good fun. But you have to have patience. It can take a while before you receive any good messages.
Hope this helps.


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User currently offlineKoala From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Also keep in mind that you will likely need a decent antenna. Usually a regular "whip antenna" won't do the trick, at least from my experience. It also depends on your location, etc., as well as your computer. It took me a very long time to get the settings correct and everything, but you may have better luck. There are plenty resources on the web about ACARS which will answer many questions. I personally use either WACARS or KRACARS which are both decent programs.

But in the end it can be fun looking at the results of the planes that flew overhead and some of the remarks noted in the messages.


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

you must get a TON of AF flights coming up!Where abouts did you get the cable to go from the scanner to the soundblaster?Also,where abouts on the computer is the soundblaster(or am i being thick?)

User currently offlineGr325 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

To be honest, I had a lot of KLM flights because I live in Holland (ok not at the moment). I had just a normal antenna, the only thing is that you need to keep it as far from electrical stuuf because that interfears with it a lot. You need to buy a cable with to jack plugs on it (that is how it is called in dutchland). basicly two plugs like on an earphone for your discman. On of those either side. Sound blaster is easy to reconize (i think). You also plug your joystick for FS in your soundblaster.
Hope this will help


"You should have gone to specsavers"
User currently offlineSquigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Those plugs are called 3.5mm jacks, 1/8th inch, or headphone jacks. Radio shack sells the exact cable you need as a "3.5mm Male to Male Patch Cable"

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