|SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS AND LINKS
|RTL1090 Software Download - Original Version 1
- the genuine version for Planeplotter, flightradar24, Virtual Server, ADS-Scope, Globe-S RTL and other ADS-B software. This version is depreciated. It must not be used for MLAT GS/MU purposes in the Planeplotter network.
|Build 100 - 17 MAR 13|
|RTL1090 - IMU (Installer and Maintenance Utility)
This internet based utility helps you with setting up a complete RTL1090 installation with almost no manual intervention. It automatically downloads the relevant files as rtlsdr.dll, zadig.exe and helps to configure zadig with a built in tutorial. Just place and start the utility in the RTL1090 target folder (do not use a "C:/program" folder to avoid administrator problems). (Other languages to follow)
|V1.0 - 15 DEC 13
|RTL1090.EXE VERSION 2 (103) - single exe file
This is the basic stable exe file of RTL1090. If you use IMU there is no need for a download, unless IMU encounters difficulties of some kind.
|Build 103 - 15 OCT 13|
|RTL1090 "SCOPE" BETA VERSION 3 (151)
This is a beta release of RTL1090 V3 "SCOPE". Unzip the files to your current RTL1090 installation folder and start rtl1090.beta3.exe. Please observe the README instructions for use. V3 retains full downward compatibility to V2 and can be used for MLAT purposes etc. as V2. It just adds a scope and some additional functionality to V2.
|Build 151 - 11 JAN 14|
|RTL1090 YAHOO User Group (English language)|
|RTL1090 FAQ (frequently asked questions)|
|OTHER ADS-B/SDR SOFTWARE|
|RTL1030 = Variable frequency data analyzer and 1030 MHz decoder, includes SISEX (signals-in-space explorer)|
|RTL-UVD= 740 MHz Russian SSR data receiver and decoder|
|RTL-DUO = Dual 1090 MHz receiver and ADS-B/Mode-A/C/S decoder|
|SCREENSHOTS of RTL1090 genuine build 100 and BETA 2|
Installation FAQ (updated 22 MAR 2013)
Q: The list runs down so fast. How can I read the system messages right after start-up?
A: Start the app, then disable TUNER AGC and RTL AGC. Close and restart the app. Now all system messages will not be overwritten because it is unlikely there are signals to be displayed.
Planeplotter + RTL1090 FAQ
Q: How do I need to configure Planeplotter to link to RTL1090? (effective from version 6.3.2)
A: Configure in the I/O options as below:
Dont forget to press the green button in Planeplotter!
Q: What is the recommended gain setting for the stock whip antenna?
A: Tuner AGC - ON, RTL AGC - on
Q: What is the recommended gain setting for an outside antenna?
A: Tuner AGC manual adjusted; RTL AGC - on
Q: What is the output format of RTL1090
A: Beast binary format, AVR format can be selected from command line switch /AVR
Q: What are the blue LEDs for?
A: Number of valid data packets per sec 0-LED-10-LED-20-LED-40-LED-80-LED-120-LED->120
Q: What is the green LED for?
A: Planeplotter has connected on TCP port
Q: What do I need to upgrade from E4000 to R820T?
A: Nothing. Just swap the dongles. Be sure you have an up-to-date RTLSDR.DLL in your app folder.
Q: Why does the RTL1090 receive less packets/sec compared to SBS-1/3/Radarbox/Beast? The range is about the same.
A: The sample rate is much lower, it is only 500 ns.
Q: How fast does my computer need to be?
A: Win XP to 7, dont know about 8. Best is two cores for multithreading, though others will work. Average overall CPU load on a four core is 5%. Atom PCs seem not to cope with packet rate.
Q: What do the status fields at the bottom indicate?
A: From left:
- Number of USB data packets received. Should be ca 490 for Mode-S, 502 for Mode-A/C
- Number of valid data packets sent to Planeplotter
- Automatic threshold
- Number of aircraft seen
Q: How can I tune the center frequency?
A: Signals are broadband (rectangular pulses) and receiver bandwidth is 2 MHz. This needs no fine tuning.
Q: What is the Max/Min button for?
A: You can test for reception range and gaps of your dongle.
Q: I receive a TCP server error 10053 or similar when shutting down Planeplotter!
A: There are still packets in the pipeline that RTL1090 can not send because you have shutdown
Planeplotter (the receiver). Close RTL1090 first, before you close Planeplotter
Q: I am bothered by watching all these airplanes. I want to do the real thing with my dongle and watch TV. Where can I find the TV drivers?
A: If you have purchased your dongle from the 1090-MHz-Kit-Shop you can find the drivers here. Please note that installing these drivers invalidates the Zadig drivers and these need to be re-installed, if ever you feel the desire to return to ADS-B and RTL1090. Re-installation may be tricky and become a nightmare. The drivers are here(Serial number: T5YNU9VQJSWV64-L98FQRPKUYSG)