Featured ADS-B Feeder for April 2023: Andrés Meneses (Costa Rica) - EXTRPI014419
Andrés Meneses Calleja, AirNav RadarBox ADS-B Feeder in Costa Rica
The featured feeder this month is Andrés Meneses, an airline pilot from San José, Costa Rica, who has been sharing ADS-B data with AirNav RadarBox since 2020. Andrés learned about ADS-B during the lockdown period caused by COVID-19.
He currently operates 3 ADS-B stations in Costa Rica, installing them as high as possible to avoid obstructions and trees, which could result in a loss of range.
Andrés has shared valuable advice for those interested in setting up their stations. His tips include keeping cables within a range of 5 to 10 meters and protecting the equipment from the weather. Additionally, he advises being cautious of any electrical installations in the vicinity. Andrés also emphasizes the importance of the hobby, finding topics & advice to share, and connections with feeders in the area.
"When I was 14, I started using my first aviation handheld scanner and was aware of the Airnav ACARS decoder. My first position receiver was set up by connecting the audio jack to my PC, setting the scanner to 131.55, and using ACARS and other decoders to search for position reports. While this method may seem outdated to many, it was necessary as not all aeroplanes transmitted auto messages with latitude and longitude information. So fixing and making sense of the information obtained required a lot of patience and luck."
Andrés Meneses' Setup
Photo courtesy of Andrés Meneses
ADS-B Antenna - Photo courtesy of Andrés Meneses
About being a RadarBox ADS-B feeder, Andres tells us: "Spotting airplanes all around the world, especially if you're a planespotter, can be exciting. It's fun to keep track of local arrivals and departures, as well as unexpected planes that you can add to your collection. It's a cool hobby to have."
Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica), is a country in the Central American region of North America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and maritime border with Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.
Costa Rica (Map) - Source: Wikivoyaje
It has a population of around five million in a land area of 51,060 km2 (19,710 sq mi). An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José, with around two million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.
Cjsingh from Miami, USA, CC BY 2.0
AirNav RadarBox currently operates +27,965 ADS-B stations in 183 countries. These stations receive an astounding 6,705 billion ADS-B messages daily, showcasing our network's scale and reach.
In the last 30 days, the network has utilized a bandwidth of 6.78 TBytes, which is a testament to the system's high volume of data being processed and analyzed. The network provides comprehensive coverage of flight activity across the globe, making it a valuable tool for aviation enthusiasts, airlines, airports, and other industry players.
As evidenced by the screenshot of the RadarBox global ranking with stations in Costa Rica, the network's coverage is truly global, making it an indispensable resource for those who rely on real-time flight information. AirNav RadarBox remains at the forefront of flight tracking technology with such a vast network and reliable data processing capabilities.
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