KineticChris wrote:Help guys!
I am getting a few calls on this so can someone please put together an instruction read me for it!
I am going around the thread slowly but it would be nice to see it in one document
Chris, this is a simple viewer that I use in my hobby of decoding Mode-S downlink formats (DF). It uses the SBS-1 as the receiver decoder, and then I can process the Mode-S bits into the various displayable data.
Since it is written in Java, users need to have Java SE 1.6 JRE installed on their computer. The JRE (Java Runtime Engine) runs the executable Viewer JAR file. The executable is called ADSView.jar
. You put this JAR file in your Windows login directory (the directory you end-up in after you login).
I used an open source FTDI USB software called JD2XX. With this, I did not have to write any USB code (praise the Lord). So, you have to make a directory in your Windows login directory called "lib". Create the lib (mkdir lib
), and then move the JD2XX.jar
file into this directory. JD2XX.jar is a Java interface to the FTDI driver you use with Basestation. So it requires a DLL (windows dynamic link library) that you have to put in your C:\Windows\system32
folder called JD2XX.dll
Since most people will have Basestation installed, then you don't really need the ftd2xx.dll
file in the package, as you probably already have it. This file is the latest version though, and you can copy it into your Windows/system32 folder after checking if it is there already.
Now comes the hard part. There is a configuration file called adsview.conf
(that goes in your login directory also). You have to edit this to select which kind of SBS-1 you have. I call these A,B, and C USB interfaces, and E for ethernet. Only one of the USB's will work. Also select your lat/lon and City name.
Finally, there are some simple maps. You can pick one and rename it map.dat
and put this in your windows login directory. You don't need a map though
. Some people just have a list of VOR's, Airports, and FIX's. Simple is the word...
Hope that helps.