One of our purchases this year was the Radenna SkyRadar-D, for dual band. We already had the Garmin GTX330ES, the ES giving us ADS-B out capability and TIS in, but we had been using a WxWorx reciever for our weather information into the GRT EFIS. That worked really well, and actually has a bit better radar resolution (at least currently) than the government’s free solution, but it does cost money every month you use it. On board weather is a safety of flight issue to me, so I’ve been paying for the subscription, but if I don’t have to so much the better. The savings will pay for the SkyRadar pretty quickly. As soon as we have real flight data to share, we will. I’m honestly not sure how to tell I’m getting ADS-B traffic versus the TIS we’ve always gotten, so the best test for me will be to fly (ADS-B can’t be received on the ground at my airport) when there is some rain in the area and see that it paints on the GRT.

Installing this unit was pretty easy. I ordered an extra power cord (it comes with a cigarette lighter style power cord) and hooked the positive to one of my fuse slots, the other to ground, plugged the USB into the number 1 display on the Grand Rapids HX, screwed in the antennas, and velcroed it down in the nose. Configured the Hx to accept ADS-B on the USB, and you’re done. Easy peasy lemon squeezy…

Dual Band ADS-B In

Like Christmas Morn’

Testing, 1-2-3….

Posted By: Brett Ferrell
Sunday September 16th, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Categories: ADS-B Avionics
Tags: ADS-B Avionics Building Electrical SkyRadar

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