fightingdingo
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What Can I Do With AirNav Acars Decoder 2.1?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:22 am

http://www.airnavsystems.com/anad/

If anyone has this program I would like to know what you think of it, but I also have some more specific questions.

I live in PDX and am mainly interested in just getting ACARS transmissions of aircraft either using PDX or flying over PDX. Is that possible using a live feed from the internet without a scanner. There is a live PDX ATC feed but I think you have to use different frequencies than ATC for ACARS. Correct?

I know that you get flight numbers, regs, and aircraft types from transmissions as well as a bunch of numbers and letters that dont mean anything, but is it possible to get transmissions in actual English that I would understand?

Last question, of all of the aircraft flying into PDX how many regs would I actually pick up?

What I would really like to do with this program is be able to get reg info of aircraft using PDX without having to connect a scanner to my computer and putting a big antenna outside my house.

Any freeware out there that will let me get regs?

Thanks for your help!
Zach
 
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RE: What Can I Do With AirNav Acars Decoder 2.1?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:36 am

Quoting FightingDingo (Thread starter):

I live in PDX and am mainly interested in just getting ACARS transmissions of aircraft either using PDX or flying over PDX. Is that possible using a live feed from the internet without a scanner. There is a live PDX ATC feed but I think you have to use different frequencies than ATC for ACARS. Correct?

ACARS uses its own dedicated frequencies, not the voice ones.

Quoting FightingDingo (Thread starter):
but is it possible to get transmissions in actual English that I would understand?

Sometimes you get weather data, gate assignments, and requests for wheelchairs, etc.

Quoting FightingDingo (Thread starter):
What I would really like to do with this program is be able to get reg info of aircraft using PDX without having to connect a scanner to my computer and putting a big antenna outside my house.

I don't have any fancy setup, I just use my old $80 scanner sitting on my dresser, that I plug in and leave on. Works like a charm.

Quoting FightingDingo (Thread starter):
Any freeware out there that will let me get regs?

I use ARARSD, which is free, and hasn't given me any problems.

http://www.acarsd.org/

Harry
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RE: What Can I Do With AirNav Acars Decoder 2.1?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:32 pm

Harry

Thanks for the link to ACARSD. It looks pretty cool. And free is always a good price.

Michael
 
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RE: What Can I Do With AirNav Acars Decoder 2.1?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:41 pm

The AirNav decoder allows you to use an internet feed but you'd obviously require a feed from near PDX to be on line at the appropriate time.
 
fightingdingo
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RE: What Can I Do With AirNav Acars Decoder 2.1?

Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:07 am

Thanks for the program. I downloaded it and stored all of the US frquencies found here: http://www.acarsd.org/ACARS_frequencies.html

What do I use to connect the scanner to the sound card? I have a connector that goes from the scanner headphone jack to the computer's headphone jack.

Does the program work automatically when I open it and have my scanner turned on and scanning the ACARS frequencies, or do I have to do something else?

Zach

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