Newbie here - Raspberry Pi ATC scanner?

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Newbie here - Raspberry Pi ATC scanner?

Post by MrSandyWilly » Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:13 am


I’m looking to make an ATC scanner for a raspberry Pi so I can listen to my local air traffic control frequency.

I’ve got no clue where to start though - which SDR would be appropriate for this and with what software?


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Re: Newbie here - Raspberry Pi ATC scanner?

Post by KM4OVZ » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:02 pm

This is a pretty easy thing to do. All you need is an RTL-SDR dongle and a raspberry pi. The RTL-SDR’s go for about $25 on Amazon. Once you have those two items you need an antenna. Some RTL-SDR’s come with an antenna that would work for Air Traffic Control.

On the software side, you need to install rtl-sdr on the pi. Just google “RTLSDR raspberry pi” and this very website has good guides on how to set it up. Then you need a program to actually tune and demodulate the radio signals. I recommend CubicSDR or GQRX if you are going to be using the Pi itself for controlling and getting sound from the SDR.

CubicSDR is in the “add programs” section of the Raspbian/Raspberry Pi OS menu.

Googling how to install CubicSDR or GQRX gives good guides on the exact steps to install.

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