SOFTWARE FOR ACARS RECEPTION

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ACARS SHORT FOR ' AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS ADDRESSING AND REPORTING SYSTEM ', NOTHING SPECIAL IS REQUIRED FOR THE RECEPTION OF ACARS OTHER THAN A VHF SCANNER RECEIVER COVERING THE AIR-BANDS AND YOUR COMPUTER AND THE SOFTWARE, YOU JUST NEED TO MAKE A CONNECTION FROM THE SCANNER HEADPHONE OUTPUT JACK TO THE LINE/MIC INPUT SOCKET ON YOUR PC SOUNDCARD.THE BEST SOFTWARE BY FAR IN MY OPTION IS THE PROGRAM FROM AIRNAV I HAVE LOOKED AT A FEW PROGRAMMES AND IN MY OPTION THIS ONE IS HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST, ITS NOT FREE BUT WORTH THE MONEY,MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE 'POSIFIX' FREEWARE PROGRAMME TO GET THE MAP PLOTTING FACILITY. WACARS ( WINS 95.98 & XP ) IS  FREEWARE BUT I FIND IT NEEDS A BIT OF EXPERIMENTING WITH AUDIO AND SOUNDCARD SETTINGS TO GET IT TO DECODE ANYTHING WELL..ACARS IS ALSO USED ON THE H.F BANDS AND IS EASY TO COPY, BUT YOU NEED THE PC-HFDL PROGRAMME ( AGAIN DOWNLOAD THE POSIFIX PROGRAMME, AS THIS INTERFACES WITH PC-HFDL  ALSO)  I CAN RECEIVE THE HF STATION IN BAHRAIN AND PLOT AIRCRAFT IN THAT AREA  AND BEYOND, BUT YOU DO NEED A DECENT SSB RECEIVER. PDW DE CODES POCSAC / FLEX & MOBITEX AS WELL AS ACARS, BUT YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME PATIENCE SETTING THE SOUND CARD LEVELS, OR BUILD THE INTERFACE FOR THE SERIAL PORT.

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SOFTWARE

MODEM

DOWNLOAD SITE

WACARS

SOUNDCARD

WACARS

AIRNAV ACARS

SOUNDCARD

AIRNAV HOMEPAGE

POSFIX

ADD ON FOR AIRNAV ETC

POSFIX HOMEPAGE

PC-HFDL

SOUNDCARD

PC-HFDL

PDW

SOUNDCARD / COMPARATOR

PDW HERE

KRACARS

DOS / SOUNCARD

KRACARS HERE

ICAO / IATA CODES

WINS XX

ICAO / IATA

AVIATE 3.5 FLIGHT PLANNER

SOUNDCARD

AVIATE 3.5

NACARS

SOUNDCARD

LEN NICHOLSON SITE

GENERATE ACARS MAPS

N/A

MAPSITE

PLANE SPOTTER

SOUNDCARD

PLANE SPOTTER

JA CARS

SOUNDCARD

JA CARS

LOG ANALYSER

N/A

LOG ANALYSER

SKY SWEEPER

SOUNDCARD

SKY SWEEPER

SKY MASTER

N/A

SKYMASTER

IF SOME OF THE ABOVE PROGRAMS DON'T SEEM TO WORK, ESPECIALLY PC-HFDL ( IT KEEPS SAYING" CRL FAIL" , EVEN WITH STRONG SIGNALS, TUNED IN CORRECTLY ) AND YOUR SOUND CARD IS BUILT INTO THE COMPUTER MOTHER- BOARD  ( AC97 ) OR IF ITS AN EXTERNAL USB TYPE, OR ITS A CHEAP UN-BRANDED TYPE - THEN CHANGE IT FOR A" CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER LIVE" TYPE AND EVERYTHING SHOULD BE OK.THIS HOLDS FOR MOST SOUNDCARD PROGRAMS THAT ARE PROBLEMATIC.

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A SCREEN SHOT FROM POSFIX ( H/F INPUT FROM PC-HDL PROGRAM )

 

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A SCREEN SHOT FROM THE AIRNAV ACARS DE-CODER PROGRAMME VER 1-1

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A SCREEN SHOT FROM THE AIRNAV ACARS DE-CODER PROGRAMME VER 2-1

 

FOR A DE-CODED VERSION OF A TYPICAL ACARS MESSAGE FOLLOW THIS LINK


ITS ALSO USEFUL TO HAVE A LIST OF ICAO CODES FOR AIRPORTS SO YOU CAN WORK OUT THE DEPARTURE AND DESTINATION AIRPORTS FROM THE FLIGHT LIST GRID SCREEN OF AIRNAV ACARS.

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THE ABOVE FLIGHT LIST GRID OF ACARS SHOWS THE FRENCH REGISTERED PLANE ' F-GFKD ' ON ROUTE FROM MANCHESTER, U.K TO PARIS, FRANCE. FROM THE SECOND LIST WE CAN FIND THAT ' F-GFKD ' BELONGS TO AIR FRANCE.

ICAO

AIRPORT

COUNTRY

EGKK

GATWICK

UK

EGLL

HEATHROW

UK

EGSS

STANSTEAD

UK

EGKB

BIGGINHILL

UK

EGHH

BOURNEMOUTH

UK

EGBB

BIRMINGHAM

UK

EGAC

BELFAST

UK

EGFF

CARDIFF

UK

EGFH

SWANSEA

UK

EGGD

BRISTOL

UK

EGGE

BETCHLEY

UK

EGCC

MANCHESTER

UK

LEVC

VALENCIA

SPAIN

LEAL

ALICANTE

SPAIN

LPFR

FARO

SPAIN

EDDW

BREMEN

GERMANY

EYVI

VILNIUS

LITHUANIA

KJFK

JOHN F KENNEDY

USA

KORD

O'HARE CHACAGO

USA

LFPG

PARIS

FRANCE

CYUL

MONTREAL

CANADA

CYHZ

HALIFAX

CANADA

CYYZ

TORONTO

CANADA

EICK

CORK

IRELAND

EIDW

DUBLIN

IRELAND

EHAM

AMSTERDAM

HOLLAND

EGNT

NEWCASTLE

U.K

KBOS

BOSTON

U.S.A

KATL

ATALANTA

U.S.A

KMCO

ORLANDO

U.S.A

KMIA

MIAMI

U.S.A

KIAH

HOUSTON

U.S.A

KDFW

FORT WORTH

U.S.A

 

IATA/ICAO

COMPANY

COUNTRY

BAW

BRITISH AIRWAYS

U.K

AFR

AIR FRANCE

FRANCE

GBL

GB AIRWAYS

U.K

IBE

IBERIA LINEAS

SPAIN

AMM

AIR 2000

U.K

AAL

AMERICAN AIRWAYS

U.S.A

CFG

FLUGDIENST

GERMANY

UP

BAHAMA AIR

U.S.A

VS

VIRGIN ATALNTIC

U.K

TW

TRANS WORLD AIR

U.S.A

BA

BRITISH AIRWAYS

U.K

BD

BRISTISH MIDLAND

U.K

BY

BRITANIA AIRWAYS

U.K

CL

LUTHANSA CITYLINES

GERMANY

COA

CONTINENTAL AIRWAYS

U.S.A

AY

FINAIR

FINLAND

AC

AIR CANADA

CANADA

ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM AIRNAV IS THE AIRNAV SELCALL DECODER PROGRAM. WHICH BASICALLY JUST DECODES SELCALLS AND THEN USING A LOCALLY HELD LOOKUP TABLE DISPLAYS THE AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION,COMPANY AND FREQUENCY ETC. NOT OVER EXITING ON ITS OWN, BUT IF YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS XP ( AND ONLY XP,AS WINDOWS 98 WILL SAY "SOUNDCARD ALREADY ALLOCATED"  IF YOU TRY TO RUN TWO PROGRAMS OF THIS TYPE TOGETHER ) YOU CAN RUN THIS PROGRAM AT THE SAME TIME AS RUNNING THE ACARS PROGRAM.131.725 MHz HERE IN EUROPE WILL PRODUCE A LOT OF SELCALS,AS WELL AS ACARS MESSAGES SIMULTANEOUSLY.THE ONLY DOWNSIDE IS THAT THE LOOKUP TABLE IS BADLY OUT OF DATE,BUT YOU CAN EDIT IT YOURSELF ( SEE EXCEL SHEET BELOW )

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THE FORMAT THAT THE SECALL LOOKUP TABLE TAKES IS STRAIT FORWARD,SO IS EASY TO EDIT/ADD NEW ENTRIES.

GQCP=G-FISB,FAR,B474,
BRAF=G-FISC,FAR,B474,
FHJM=B-2217,CES,339,
ETC,ETC

FOR A DATA BASE OF ALL AIRPORT & AIRLINE CODES / SELCALS / REGISTRATIONS

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LOOK THAT SELCAL/REGISTRATIOIN NUMBER UP ?CLICK HERE

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DOWNLOAD EXCEL SPREAD SHEET OF SELCALS     CLICK HERE

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DOWNLOAD ICAO / IATA  (AIRPORT / AIRLINE CODES )

PICTURES OF AIRCRAFT

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EI-CPH

F-GFKU

G-DHJH


http://www.airliners.net


VHF ACARS FREQUENCIES

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131.550 MHZ  Primary Channel worldwide
129.125 MHZ Additional channel for USA & Canada
130.025 MHZ Secondary channel for USA and Canada
130.425 MHZ Additional channel for USA
130.450 MHZ Additional channel for USA & Canada
131.125 MHZ Additional channel for USA
131.450 MHZ Primary channel for Japan
131.475 MHZ Air Canada company channel
131.525 MHZ European secondary
131.725 MHZ Primary channel in Europe
136.700 MHZ Additional channel for USA
136.750 MHZ Additional channel for USA
136.800 MHZ Additional channel for USA
 136.900 MHZ European secondary
136.925 MHZ ARINC European Channel
136.850 MHZ SITA North American Frequency
136.750 MHZ New European frequency
131.850 MHZ New European frequency





H.F ACARS GROUND STATIONS FREQUENCIES

GROUND STATIONS

Frequencies in kHz

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
01 San Francisco  21934 17919 13276 112378 10081 8927 6559 5508 4672 2947                    
02 Molokai,   21937 21928 17934 17919 13276 11348 11312 10081 8936 8912 6559 5538 5529 5508 5463 3434 3019 3001 2947 2878
03 Reykjavik, 17985 15025 11184 8977 6712 5720 3900 3116                        
04 Riverhead, 21934 21931 17934 17919 13276 11315 8912 6652 5523 3428                    
05 Auckland, 21949 17916 13351 11327 10084 8921 6535 5583 3404 3016                    
06 Hat Yai,  21949 17928 13270 10066 8825 6535 5655 4687 3470                      
07 Shannon, 11384 10081 8942 8843 6532 5547 3455 2998                        
08 Johannesburg,  21949 13321 8834 4681 3016                              
09 Barrow,  21937 21928 17934 17919 11354 10093 10027 8936 8928 6646 5544 5529 4687 4654 3497 3007 2992 2944    
13 Santa Cruz,  21997 21988 21973 21946 17916 13315 11318 8957 6628 5660 3467 2983                
14 Krasnoyarsk, S 13321 10087 2905 2878                                
15 Al Muharraq, 21982 17967 13354 11312 10075 8885 5544 2986                        
16 Agana,  17934 17919 13339 13312 13276 11306 11288 8936 8927 8912 6661 6652 6634 6550            
17 Telde, Canaries 21955 17928 13303 11348 8948 6529 5589 2905                        

RED = NOT KNOWN TO BE ACTIVE AT THE MOMENT

BLACK = ACTIVE FREQUENCIES (DEPENDENT ON TIME OF DAY/PROPAGATION CONDITIONS )


TO DECODE H.F ACARS YOU WILL NEED THE PC-HFDL PROGRAM, PLUS A GOOD H.F. RECEIVER CAPABLE OF RESOLVING USB WITH A BANDWIDTH OF ABOUT 2.8 kHz. THE " POSFIX " PROGRAM WILL ALSO INTERFACE WITH PC-HFDL ( THE REGISTERED VERSION ) THE MAPS FROM DX ATLAS WILL ALSO INTERFACE WITH PC-HFDL

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A SCREENSHOT FROM THE HF ACARS PROGRAM - PC-HDFL

 

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A SCREENSHOT FROM AIRNAV SUITE 4.0  INTERFACED WITH PC-HDFL, PLOTTING AIRCRAFT IN CONTACT WITH THE ACARS STATION AT BAHRAIN

YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN MAPS UP FOR BOTH THE PC-HDFL & AIRNAV ACARS PROGRAMS - YOU JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU INPUT THE CORRECT CARDINAL POINTS I.E. SET THE NORTH-SOUTH & EAST-WEST CO-ORDINATES CORRECTLY, OTHERWISE THE AIRCRAFT WILL NOT PLOT AT THE CORRECT LATITUDE / LONGITUDE. ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN USE THE DX ATLAS MAP WHICH INTEGRATES WITH PC-HDFL.

DX ATLAS CAN BE DOWN LOADED FROM THE FOLLOWING PAGE

http://www.dxatlas.com


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VOLMET FREQUENCIES

( WEATHER FORECASTS FOR AIRCRAFT )

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SHANNON VOLMET

3.413 MHZ

5.505 MHZ

8.957  MHZ

13.264  MHZ

RAF VOLMET

5.450 MHZ

11.253 MHZ

 

 

ARCHITECT

4.540 MHZ

4.742 MHZ

5.714 MHZ

6.739 MHZ

ARCHITECT

8.190 MHZ

9.031 MHZ

11.205 MHZ

13.257 MHZ

ARCHITECT

15.031 MHZ

18.018 MHZ

 

 

NEW YORK

3.485 MHZ

6.604 MHZ

10.051 MHZ

13.270 MHZ

UN-ASSIGNED

2.998  MHZ

6.580 MHZ

11.378 MHZ

 

SHANNON VOLMET AND RAF VOLMET ARE ON THE AIR MORE OR LESS CONTINUOUSLY


H.F AIRLINE COMPANY R/T FREQUENCIES

3007  3010  3013  3494  3497  4654  4687   5529  5532  5535  5538  5541  5544  6637  6640 6643  6646  8921  8924  8927  8930  8933  8936   10027  10030  10033  10069  10072  10075  10078   11342  11345  11348  11351  11354  13324  13327   13330  13333  13336  13339  13342  13345  13348   13351  17916  17919  17922  17925  17928  17931   17934  17937  17940  21940  21943  21946  21949   21952  21955  21958  21961  21964  21967  21970   21973  21976  21979  21982  21985  21988  21994   21997 KHZ

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR THE ATLANTIC ETC

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SANTA MARIA

8.825 MHZ

SANTA MARIA

11.336 MHZ

SANTA MARIA

13.354 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

6.628 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

8.831 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

8.891 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

11.309 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

13.306 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

13.291 MHZ

NORTH ATLANTIC

17.946 MHZ

LUTON / BRITANNIA

5.610 MHZ

EUROPE

5.661 MHZ

EUROPE

17.961 MHZ

S.AMERICA

17.907 MHZ

SHANWICK

4.675 MHZ

SHANWICK

5.616 MHZ

SHANWICK

5.598 MHZ

SHANWICK

5.649 MHZ

SHANWICK

6.622 MHZ

SHANWICK

8.864 MHZ

SHANWICK

8.879 MHZ

SHANWICK

8.906 MHZ

SHANWICK

11.279 MHZ

THESE FREQUENCIES CAN BE QUITE BUSY AT TIMES - YOU WILL HEAR AIRCRAFT AS WELL AS THE GROUND STATION- TO DOWN LOAD TXT FILE OF UK VHF / UHF AIRCRAFT FREQUENCIES

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CHECK ON AIRCRAFT FLIGHT ARRIVALS AT MAJOR AIRPORTS

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GATWICK AIRPORT

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HEATHROW AIRPORT

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ROTTERDAM AIRPORT

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WORLDWIDE AIRLINES

LINKS

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LEN NICHOLSON'S ACARS PAGE
( THERE'S SOME ALTERNATIVE DAT FILES FOR AIRNAV ON THIS SITE )

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ALSO CHECK  LEN'S NACARS PROGRAMME OUT

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DXTUNERS SITE

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http://www.ne.jp/asahi/woodwork/hobby/

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http://www.travelshop.de/english/airlines-e.html

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http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~pdw/alp/

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