In looking back over my notes I failed to post this in the correct order.
So the plan right now is to definitely have full ADS-B by using the Trig S-mode Transponder and a capable ADS-B receiver to provide that capability. I have to say that one thing I really like from the GRT folks is they tend to play nice with others, this means options. On GRT’s page where they discuss the various ADS-B receivers that will integrate nicely with their EFIS systems, they provide some pretty good info. Of course, I original set my sights on the Navworx ADS-600B, but after looking at & assessing my actual bottom line requirements I decided that if I am going to have enough funds available to get this bird in the air within the next 10 years, I better forego the almost $2600 receiver and get a little more pragmatic (my primary goals were to have an ADS-B receiver that would integrate with my Trig S-mode transponder, display weather & traffic data on both my EFIS display and iPad, and meet the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B requirements).
Enter Radenna’s SkyRadar ADS-B Receiver. Although at first glance the SkyRadar seemed to be nothing more than a portable receiver, as I looked at it more and more it seemed to be a very capable receiver. And, as with the many components I’m looking at or have bought, a number of the RV drivers give the SkyRadar enthusiastic thumbs ups. So, the SkyRadar went on the list as the most likely candidate that I would purchase in the future for my ADS-B receiver.
You may be asking, “What happened?” Well, if the recent past tells you anything, then you’ll know that I’m cheap… and in being cheap I refer back to my oft cited mantra that sometimes you’ve got to spend money to save money! Ok, the bottom line is I went to Radenna’s website to confirm some info on the SkyRadar-D, when lo & behold they had just come out with the SkyRadar-DX . . . which includes a built-in AHRS! Moreover, they [are having] a sale where the first 50 buyers get $200 off the price that the SkyRadar-D normally sells for (the offer appears to still be going on!). So, after a few hours of conformational research to ensure this was in fact the ADS-B receiver I wanted, I pulled the trigger.
So here’s the info on this device:
SkyRadar-DX Dual Band Receiver with Built-In AHRS
- SkyRadar-DX’s operating frequencies are 978MHz and 1090MHz and the latter conforms to DO-260 standard.
- 5Hz GPS receiver
- Artificial Horizon Information
- Output data over Wi-Fi network (multiple displays can be connected)
- Operates as Wi-Fi Access Point
- USB high speed serial port output
- Input voltage 11-36 volts
- Power consumption less than 5 watts
The SkyRadar Receiver contains the following major components:
- UAT receiver tuned to receive and process ADS-B data
- High accuracy GPS module
- WiFi module transmitting data to iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch