Aircraft Spotting in the digital age
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If you prefer to have control of your own “radar”, you will need a Mode-
With prices starting at around 100 Euros for a basic kit, top of the range receiver with included software will set you back around 500 or more Euros.
The market leader has long been Kinetic’s SBS-
Then there’s AirNav Systems’ RadarBox released in 2007. Similarly priced, RadarBox customers can subscribe to its data sharing network for an extra monthly fee.
Until recently these two products had the market to themselves until RadarGadgets
launched it’s PlaneGadget Radar for 240 Euros. Unlike the first two receivers which
ship with proprietary software, the PlaneGadget uses the COAA’s PlanePlotter software.
PlaneGadget includes a free version called PlanePlotter Lite which can be upgraded
to the full version for a small one-
Next came Aurora Eurotech’s Virtual Radar 3D. Priced at approximately 350 Euros, this includes proprietary software.
More recently some receiver kits have become available, such as the Beast and microADS-
Depending on the kit, prices range from just under 100 Euros to over 300 Euros.
With lots to choose from. Make sure you download our free comparative Check List in our Guides section.