SOFTWARE FOR ACARS RECEPTION

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ACARS IS SHORT FOR ' AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS ADDRESSING AND REPORTING SYSTEM ' THERE NOTHING SPECIAL  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 AUDIO OUTPUT TO THE SOUNDCARD MIC / LINE INPUT JACK.

 ACARS IS ALSO USED ON THE H.F BANDS AND IS EASY TO COPY, BUT YOU WILL NEED THE PC-HFDL PROGRAMME. YOU WILL ALSO NEED A DECENT STABLE SSB RECEIVER AS YOU NEED TO ACCURATELY TUNE THE RECEIVER TO WITHIN ABOUT 100 HZ OF THE TRANSMISSION

THERE IS PROBABLY A LOT OF  PROGRAMS OUT THERE BUT THE FOUR BELOW I HAVE USED.THE FAIRLY NEW VDL 2 PROTOCOL CAN BE DECODED BY MULTPSK ( THE DATA FROM THIS PROGRAM CAN BE PASSED ONTO PLANEPLOTTER  ) VDL 2 CAN ALSO BE DECODED USING A RASPBERRY PI

THE BELOW PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR WINDOWS


PLANEPLOTTER FROM COAA

MULTIPSK

AIRNAV ACARS  *

PC-HFDL FROM CHARLES BRAIN *

KG ACARS - JAPANESE ACARS ( THERE IS A H.F ACARS VERSION ALSO )

 SORCERER

RIVET

ACARSDECO2 FOR WINDOWS

HOMEMADE ANT FOR ACARS RECEPTION

VARIOUS AERONAUTICAL SOFTWARE & OTHER - http://olravet.fr


* PC-HFDL IS A LOCAL DOWNLOAD SO MAKE SURE YOU GOT WIN ZIP ON YOUR COMPUTER  *

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO FIND OUT HOW TO USE  A RASPBERRY PI TO DECODE ACARS TRANSMISSIONS - THIS IS THE WAY TO GO NOW

VHF ACARS 

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

 

AIRNAV AND RADAR BOX

ACARS MESSAGES CAN BE DISPLAYED IN THE RADAR BOX PROGRAM  BUT YOU MUST HAVE THE AIRNAV ACARS PROGRAM.

I MUST SAY THAT I CANNOT GET THE AIRNAV ACARS PROGRAM VERSON 1 OR VERSION 2.1 TO DISPLAY ACARS MESSAGES IN RADARBOX  ANYMORE

ALTHOUGH THE SOFTWARE IS STILL SOLD ITS REALLY QUITE OLD NOW AND I CAN ONLY THINK THAT THERE IS A COMPATIBILITY ISSUE BETWEEN THE LATER VERSION OF RADAR BOX AND AIRNAV ACARS THATS NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED OR THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH THE COMPUTER OS. YOU CAN TRY CHANGING THE COMPATIBILITY TO VISTA  OR XP IN THE AIRNAV .EXE, BUT IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE NOR IF YOU RUN IT AS ADMIINSTRATOR - STARTING  ACARS FIRST THEN RADARBOX OR THE OTHERWAY AROUND AND IT STILL DON'T WORK. IF ANYONE KNOWS A WORK AROUND LET ME KNOW

 

 

ACARSDECO2 - FOR WINDOWS 

ABOVE IS A SCREEN SHOT FROM THE ACARDECO2 PROGRAM ( FREEWARE )  - THIS SHOWS THE DATA SCREEN - THERE IS ALSO A LOG SCREEN AND A FLIGHTS SCREEN

THE PROGRAM CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM HERE  ACARSDECO2 FOR WINDOWS THERE IS A VERSION FOR RASPBERRY PI ALSO - FOLLOW THIS LINK 

EDIT THE .BAT FILE -  IT'S FLEXABLE AND CAN BE TAILORED FOR YOUR REQUIREMENTS - BELOW IS HOW I DID THINGS  -  RUN THE PROGRAM BY CLICKING ON THE BATCH FILE AND THEN OPEN YOUR BROWSER AND TYPE 192.168.1.27:8080 ( REPLACE THIS ADDRESS WITH YOUR OWN PC ADDRESS ) - READ THE README FILE THAT COMES WITH THE PROGRAM TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT

acarsdeco2.exe --gain 49 --freq-correction 64 --freq 131550000 --freq 131725000 --freq 131825000 --freq 131525000 --http-port 8080 --vrs-url http://192.168.1.200:8081 --outConnectUdp pp:192.168.1.27:9742 --pictures http://192.168.1.200:8081 --silhouettes c:\data\silhouettes --db c:\data\basestation.sqb --frdb c:\data\flightroute.sqb --banners c:\data\logos

 CREATE A FOLDER CALLED ACARSDECO2 ON YOUR C DRIVE AND INSTALL THE PROGRAM THERE

CREATE A FOLDER CALLED DATA ON YOUR C DRIVE AND PLACE YOUR LOGOS, SILHOUETTES FOLDERS THERE ALONG WITH A COPY OF YOUR BASE STATION.SQB FILE AND FLIGHTROUTE .SQB

( I DID IT THIS WAY BECAUSE IT MAKES IT EASIER TO UPDATE THE FILES FROM THE MAIN PC )

AS I RUN VRS ON A RASPBERRY PERMENTLY 192.168.1.200:8081 ( USE YOUR RPI IP ADDRESS )   I PULLED THE PICTURES AND OTHER REQUIRED VRS INFO FROM THERE ( YOU MUST HAVE VRS RUNNING SOMEWHERE ON YOUR NETWORK )

VIEW RESULTS ON THE MAIN PC  192.168.1.27:8080 ( USE YOUR I.P ADDRESS )

OUTPUT TO PLANEPLOTTER 127.0.0.1:9742 ( PP RUNNING ON YOUR MAIN PC )

OR A BETTER IDEA IS TO INSTALL THE PROGRAM ON A RASPBERRY AND VIEW THE RESULTS IN YOUR BROWSER ACROSS THE NETWORK

THIS IS A  GOOD UPDATE OVER THE ORIGINAL PROGRAM AND MAKES ACARS RECEPTION A LOT MORE INTERESTING AND ALL YOU NEED IS A CHEAP SDR RTL DONGLE ( DON'T FORGET TO INSTALL THE ZADIG DRIVER IF ITS NOT ALREADY ON THE COMPUTER ) AND A HOMEMADE ANT - MY VDL2 ANT WILL WORK FINE

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE VIRTUAL RADAR SERVER - INSTALL  ACARSDECO2 AS ABOVE BUT MODIFY THE BATCH FILE TO REFLECT THE BELOW  AND EVERTHING WILL BE RUN FROM YOUR PC - OUTPUT WILL BE TO PLANEPLOTTER RUNNING ON THE SAME PC - BUT YOU WILL BE MISSING OUT ON A LOT MORE INFORMATION THAT VRS COULD SUPPLY


acarsdeco2.exe --gain 49 --freq-correction 64 --freq 131550000 --freq 131725000 --freq 131825000 --freq 131525000 --freq 131850000 --http-port 8080 --outConnectUdp pp:192.168.1.27:9742 --pictures c:\data\pictures --silhouettes c:\data\silhouettes --db c:\data\basestation.sqb --frdb c:\data\flightroute.sqb --banners c:\data\logos

LOG SCREEN  

FLIGHTS SCREEN

 

 

POSFIX

 

MAYBE  NOT SO MUCH INTEREST SHOWN IN THIS PROGRAM NOW.SHOWS PLOTS FROM AIRNAV ACARS ON A MAP.  ALSO HFDL PLOTS AND INFO FROM PLANEPLOTTER CAN BE PROCESSED. DON'T FOREGET TO CALIBATE YOUR CHART USING THE INFORMATION IN THE TEXT FILE

POSFIX CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM HERE  

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VHF ACARS FREQUENCIES

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

H.F ACARS GROUND STATIONS FREQUENCIES

GROUND STATIONS

Frequencies in kHz

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TO DECODE H.F ACARS YOU WILL NEED THE PC-HFDL PROGRAM, PLUS A GOOD STABLE H.F. RECEIVER CAPABLE OF TUNING TO WITHIN ABOUT 100 HZ OF THE TRANSMISSION . THE PC-HFDL PROGRAM WILL ALSO INTERFACE WITH PLANEPLOTTER. MULTIPSK WILL DECODE HFDL TRANSMISSIONS ON ITS OWN.

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM FROM HERE PC-HFDL FROM CHARLES BRAIN

 

A SCREENSHOT FROM THE HF ACARS PROGRAM - PC-HDFL

 

 PLOTTING AIRCRAFT IN CONTACT WITH THE ACARS STATION AT BAHRAIN

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

 



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

 

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

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