SBS-1 virtual radar

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Just wondering how many of you have got one of these things - just got this last week, a lot of money but what an absolutely amazing addition to the hobby!!! Very impressive.

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Haven't got one myself but a couple of mates have them, an absolutely splendid - if expensive - piece of kit. Dot-spotting has never been so easy!:D
And to all those spotters who seem to be stuck in the era of the 'Tollpuddle Martyrs' and tell you its cheating if you don't read the reg off yourself, just tell them 'its the future'!

-Dazza;)

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Dot-spotting has never been so easy!

Does this mean what I take it to mean?

You see the Mode S trace of an aircraft on your computer, dash into the garden, see a tiny point of light at the end of a contrail and then tick it off in a book as 'seen'?

Is there some satisfaction to be had from this?

Moggy

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Does this mean what I take it to mean?

You see the Mode S trace of an aircraft on your computer, dash into the garden, see a tiny point of light at the end of a contrail and then tick it off in a book as 'seen'?

Not quite that simple, personally i have to be able to positively indentify the particular airline/aircraft represented on the screen with my binoculars, for me a tiny unrecognisable dot at the end of a contrail does not represent a positive i.d.
If the aircraft is easily indentified then i mark it in my log book as an overflight. In my fleet listing book regs/serials gained using sbs1 are marked in green until i see the reg myself where upon it then gets marked in black like all the regs i've read off in the more usual manner.

-Dazza