A Car Based SDR Station for ADS-B, ATCS, P25, DMR, POCSAG and more

Over on YouTube user Corrosive has uploaded a video where he takes us on a tour or his very nicely set up mobile SDR station that is built into his car. His setup includes several antennas on his car's roof which cover multiple bands, a BCD780XLT scanner, an RTL-SDR, an Android head unit that is capable of running multiple SDR apps and also a Windows tablet that is used to run more CPU heavy SDR apps.

Later in the video he shows himself running SDR Trunk on the tablet and receiving and decoding the local P25 police department signal, and then running dump1090 for monitoring aircraft ADS-B, and Gpredict for tracking satellites.

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I’m using the uniden bcd436hp and it does a wonderful job decrypting p25. I saw another SDR video where someone was doing it. Don’t give up

Daniel Guthrie

I know this is an older post, but I am in the process of doing something quite similar in my vehicle right now. I have a 12v industrial computer turned car PC, i3 and 4gb DDR3 in a ‘rugged’ case. I have enough SDR dongles/devices to run just about anything, and quite a few antennae configs I can use. P25 in my area is encrypted so I won’t even try it. However, the adjacent 3 counties do not use P25 or any other digital mode due to terrain issues. Simple SDR use for FM broadcast, FM-N for local analog government and public service, and a helical antenna for satellite tracking and downloads while travelling (like, weather).


Big fan of Corrosive. Very promising future developments are going to come from this young gentleman. It takes all kinds of talents to make a complete community. His personality, curiosity, gumption and skills add up to hella moxy. Thanks for your contributions, Corrosive. You seem to have struck a good balance between TCB in RL and doing your ereet haxor thang.
-old man trying to hard to sound young.