The VHF Airband FlightStick is Radarbox’s first SDR USB receiver that has been developed for optimal Airband reception.
VHF Airband FlightStick
Hear all the chatter with Radarbox's VHF Airband FlightStick!
The Radarbox VHF Airband FlightStick is a piece of hardware, unlike anything we’ve developed thus far and has been one of the most requested pieces of tracking hardware for many years. So what’s all the fuss about? Read on to find out or if you’ve already bought this incredible device, scroll down for instructions on how to set it up.
What are Airband & VHF?
Airband or aircraft band is the name given to a group of frequencies in the very high frequency (VHF) radio spectrum allocated to radio communication in civil aviation. The VHF airband uses frequencies between the ranges of 108 - 137 MHz. Like most other frequency bands, different sections of the VHF band are appropriated for different and specific uses such as radio-navigational aids and air traffic control. In the context of the Radarbox VHF Airband FlightStick, the use is exclusive to air traffic control (ATC) communication.
Radarbox VHF Airband FlightStick
The VHF Airband FlightStick is Radarbox’s first SDR USB receiver that has been developed for optimal Airband reception. It operates in the frequency range of 118 – 136 MHz, and the band used by air traffic controllers when they communicate with pilots. By operating within this frequency, the Airband FlightStick makes listening in to this conversation between ATC and pilots, possible.
In addition to listening to the audio feed, users can share and make their feed available to thousands of Radarbox users via the Radarbox website. Setting up is as straightforward as plugging in the device into a PC or Raspberry Pi and following a quick guide to registering the device. What’s more, feeders feeding VHF Airband audio feed to Radarbox, are rewarded with a FREE upgrade to our premium Business account on Radarbox.com.
Features & Benefits
- Listen to LIVE communication with ATC & pilots from around the world.
- Plug and play USB operation with an effortless setup process.
- Reception optimized specifically for VHF Airband (118 – 136 MHz).
- Stream & share your VHF audio feed with thousands of Radarbox users globally.
- Get upgraded to a Business account when you share your audio feed with Radarbox.
Don't miss the banter! Simply choose a country and ATC tower to listen in.
To set up your Radarbox VHF Airband FlightStick, follow the steps below.
1. Generate a Serial Key.
Click here to GENERATE A SERIAL KEY. This key identifies your feed and serves as the mounting point to our IceCast server. Note that each device/ installation should have a unique serial key. If you are setting up multiple VHF Airband FlightStick’s, you must generate separate serial keys for each device.
2. Setup your respective host device.
Connect the Airband FlightStick via the USB port to your Raspberry Pi (any version) or PC (running Windows) and read the SETUP INSTRUCTIONS HERE for your respective device.
3. Check if your audio feed is working.
Once you've set up and started broadcasting, head over to your individual VHF station page at www.Radarbox.com/stations/EXTVHFXXXXXX, where you can define your station's location and listen to your audio feed. Please be patient during this step as most feeds take about 3-5 minutes to start streaming after setup.
4. Sharing & listening to your airband audio feed.
By default, we’ve enabled sharing VHF audio feed via your Airband FlightStick to www.Radarbox.com, so that thousands of other Radarbox users can share in the excitement and fun. Similarly, you’ll be able to listen in to other Radarbox users’ VHF audio feed. Should you wish to opt-out of sharing your feed publicly via Radarbox.com, please email support for assistance.
VHF Airband Shared Audio Stream on Radarbox.com - KRDU Approach
If you're having any difficulty in setting up your Radarbox VHF Airband FlightStick, please get in touch with Radarbox Support. We’re always happy to help!