Dump1090 Shopping Guide

What’s needed

What is necessary to build an mobile “to go” ADS-B receiver with your Android phone, tablet, TV-Box.

In this post I will show you buying links to components like USB Cable, RTL-SDR Dongle, Antenna.

Estimate total costs from 20€ to 50€ with good hardware components from Aliexpress. Could be the half if you already have some components.

1. Android hardware

  • Android Phone, Tablet, TV-Box with USB OTG functionality (almost all devices have that).
    App to check OTG function
  • Recommended minimum Android version 7
  • I recommend minimum 1 GB RAM

INFO:
If you use the app to have a live view and the app is in foreground this is not a problem. Stop reading now.

If you want to use the app as ADS-B receiver running in the background and share data to your PC or other devices, then this info could be important.

Some tablet / phone manufacturer have a very strict battery saving policy which even breaks Android specifications. For example the just kill a App running not in foreground after x minutes.

My apps are running as foreground services (status bar notification symbol) . If you encounter such problems have a look at https://dontkillmyapp.com/ which provides several options to avoid killing a app for different manufacturer.
On my Android 11 Samsung Tab S7 i had to put both apps Dump1090 and RTL SDR Driver on the exclude battery optimization list. see https://dontkillmyapp.com/samsung#android-11
maybe read this too –> Dump1090 Export


2. USB OTG cable

Connectors

Depending on your device you need an USB Micro OTG OR USB C OTG cable.
Note: A USB 2.0 rate cable is sufficient enough

2.2 USB-C/Micro OTG with external power supply

  • External power supply for dongle
  • Most USB-Micro Y cables are of low quality

General note about – external power supply.
Normally the external power supply only powers the connected USB device – not the phone / tablet itself.
On some older devices OTG function for the USB device AND charging was possible.
Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/NOTE2/NOTE3, Nexus 7/8/10.
For current models this is normally not possible. Have a look at this blog
Alternatives would be to charge your phone / tablet by inductive charging or some tablet still have a separately power DC jack

Aliexpress

Budget Store – Worldwide Shipping (up to 3 weeks)

USB-C Hub

UGREENE USB C HUB

USB-Micro Y – cable

USB Micro Y

Please not buy the cheapest cable you can find. I had some problems with very cheap cables where the connection between the dongle and the device was very unstable

Amazon Deutschland

USB-C Hub

USB-Micro Y – cable

Note to all links: As an Amazon Associate and Aliexpress Affiliate, I will get a small commission from qualifying purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


3. RTL-SDR Dongle

Search for RTL2832U / 820T / 820T2 or RTL-SDR USB dongle.
I recommend high quality dongles which are more expensive but PPM is fix and stable around 0 or 1 . (0,5 PPM TCXO)

3.1 High quality 0,5 ppm

  • PPM is 0 or 1
  • Price is higher
RTL-SDR.COM

Original RTL-SDR BLOG V3 Dongle

Aliexpress

Budget Store – Worldwide Shipping (up to 3 weeks)

Amazon Deutschland

RTL SDR 0,5 PPM

BUNDLE 0.5 PPM

BUNDLE 0.5 PPM

Note to all links: As an Amazon Associate and Aliexpress Affiliate, I will get a small commission from qualifying purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


4. ANTENNA

Depending on your dongle you have different connectors. The high quality dongles usually have a SMA female antenna port. The cheap dongles have usually a MCX female port.

You can build your DIY Antenna or take the Antenna shipped with your dongle.

Or you can buy some Antenna.

Aliexpress

Budget Store – Worldwide Shipping (up to 3 weeks)

Note to all links: As an Amazon Associate and Aliexpress Affiliate, I will get a small commission from qualifying purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


5. Software

find a tutorial here

Questions ? look here

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