Monday, March 20, 2017

First successful satcom ACARS

Two days ago, using the Satellite AR app,  I noticed that Inmarsat 3F2 at 15W is well above my horizon, probably enough to be received. Yesterday I temporarily put a satellite dish on my roof to try and aim at it. I had no success but I did easily receive the one at 54W. Using JAERO, I was able to decode an AERO channel and get some aircraft messages. When I looked up one of the registration numbers, it turned out to be from a plane flying over Algeria.

Here is an Inmarsat page with coverage maps for their satellites:

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