The beauty of technology today is that it provides for flexibility, often allowing you to achieve one thing in many ways. In my last blog post, I showed you how to go from RTL1090 to Virtual Radar Server, and then to branch the feed off to PlanePlotter, ADSBScope and FlightRadar24’s feeder software. This time around, I’ll focus on connecting PlanePlotter directly to RTL1090, eliminating the middle man that is Virtual Radar Server.
Beginning with PlanePlotter version 6.3.3, you can configure it to connect directly to an instance of RTL1090. You would begin, of course, by installing and configuring RTL1090 the way I described in my first post. You would also need to install PlanePlotter as I describe, but when it comes to setup the steps are slightly different…and in fact slightly shorter.
- Go to Options > Home location > Home location setup and enter your latitude and longitude. You can use W and S to specify co-ordinates west of the prime meridian or south of the equator (e.g. N43.55555, W79.33333)
- Next go to Options > I/O settings. Under Input data, make sure Mode-S/ADS-B is turned on, and in the list of receivers scroll down and select RTL Dongle.
- In order to view the aircraft, click Process > Start. If all went well, planes should start appearing in PlanePlotter.
Pretty simple, no? Yes!