July 2023 Highlights:
- June Stats Recap
- Featured Receiver Sites
- Optimizing Your Receiver for Reliability and Performance: Lightning and Electrical Surge Protection
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We delivered 34 FlightFeeders to 14 different countries: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, El Salvador, Honduras, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Mauritius, and the various locations throughout the United States.
- We welcomed 275 new users to the ADS-B network and over 100 new subscribers to the newsletter last month! If you’re enjoying the content each month, please spread the word about the newsletter and welcome your family and friends to join the FlightAware ADS-B community.
FlightFeeders at Airports
FlightAware is always looking to grow our community and enhance coverage on or near airports. This month we are encouraging community engagement around:
Memphis International Airport (KMEM)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH)
Eagle County Regional Airport (KEGE)
Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport (SBGL)
Istanbul Airport (LTFM)
If you reside or have a business within 5 miles from any of these airports, or know someone that would enjoy hosting a FlightFeeder in close proximity to another airport, we would love to hear from you!
Featured Sites for July
collinstuart from Ontario, Canada proudly hosts one of our FlightFeeders flying high next to a F4U Corsair he made himself. He joined the network earlier this year and his receiver picks up aircraft up to 200 nautical miles away.
Proud of your receiver setup? Submit your photos!
Each month we will proudly feature some of our ADS-B receivers hosts in our newsletter and across our social accounts. If you’re interested in being featured, please submit photos of your setups and a small summary about you or your setup, and we’ll pick some of the best ones to feature each month!
Optimizing Your Receiver for Reliability and Performance
If you missed our previous newsletters where we discuss the topics checked below, you can find them in our FlightAware blog.
Checklist for Optimal Receiver Setup
✅ Signal Amplifiers and Filters
✅ Internet Connection
⬜ Lightning and Electrical Surge Protection
Over the past few months, we received some questions and comments from you all about ways to protect your receiver from lightning strikes and electrical surges.
Although many of your concerns are about lightning strikes to the antenna, the majority of electrical issues we see are actually caused by power surges from your home. The minimum precautionary measures we recommend you take is to use a power strip with surge protection on your ADS-B receiver (as well as all your electrical equipment). It’s a relatively cheap solution that can save your electrical equipment from this more common occurrence.
Lightning strikes directly to outdoor antennas are rare, but can happen. Although there is no single failsafe solution to protect from a direct lightning strike, some of our users who live in areas that are prone to thunderstorms use lightning arresters, such as this, to mitigate lightning damage. We also suggest ensuring your antenna is properly grounded either by you or a professional.
Have you made any efforts or recommend any products to protect your receiver from lightning or electrical surges? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know and we can share with rest of the community!
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Help increase our coverage!
Our ADS-B network spans across 194 countries on all 7 continents thanks to you all. Our goal is to expand our terrestrial ADS-B coverage across the entire world, especially around airports to improve our surface coverage. If you or someone you know has connections to airports and FBO’s or live in areas where we lack coverage, we’d love to send you a FlightFeeder! You can apply for one here. If we already have coverage in your area, you can still contribute to FlightAware by building your own PiAware. It’s a fun little weekend project!
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