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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Decoding ACARS transmissions


Just as with other radio related hobbies, this is quite an interesting one:

  • Using an appropriate air band receiver (or any receiver capable of tuning frequencies between 108 and 137 MHz in AM);

  • and a home built 1/4 wavelength antenna (approx 2 dB gain):


  • With an adequate ACARS decoder software (which decodes signals using the soundcard), information transmitted through this protocol can be seen, as long as you are tuned to the right frequency. For example in Europe the frequency would be 131.725 MHz:


ACARS mode: 2 Aircraft reg: .######
Message label: 10 Block id: 8 Msg. no: M80A
Flight id: ######
Message content:-
FTX01.LGWKOGT
COULD YOU ADVISE THE
FOOTY SCORES. TA


Combining this hobby with the actual airplane spotting can be very fun, making it ideal for a relaxing weekend, when no more activities seem to exist :)

2 comments:

Vânia Sofia said...

Da próxima levamos essa antena pro Aeroporto?

Wireless said...

Grande Maluco!!!

Quando pensas em vir trabalhar no VoIP e aproveitar essa creatividade toda???

Abraço!