Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)

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Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) & Mode A/C/S Transponders
Frequencies 1090 MHz,1030 MHz,978 MHz
Frequency Range 978 MHz - 1090 MHz
Mode RAW
Modulation PPM
Emission Designator
Bandwidth 50 kHz
Location Worldwide
Short Description ADS-B is used by aircraft to broadcast tracking information and identification.
I/Q Raw Recording Download file
Audio Sample

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is used by aircraft as an alternative to secondary radar. It broadcasts GPS position (latitude, longitude), pressure, altitude, callsign, as well as track and ground speed separated into messages carrying 10 bytes of data each. ADS-B uses PPMPulse Position Modulation to transmit data.

There are two types of ADS-B:

  • one that transmits at 1090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz using the mode-S extended squitter (downlink format 17) of the SSR transponder, with about 50 kHzKiloHertz (kHz) 10^3 Hz of bandwidth; (Worldwide)
  • one that transmits at 978 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz (UAT, Universal Access Transceiver), using a larger bandwidth of about 1.3 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz and also transmitting weather data. (US Only)


AMAmplitude Modulation Mode (Only to hear, you cannot decode from these)


  • Mode-S extended squitter: 1090 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz;
  • UAT: 978 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz.
  • Interrogator: 1030 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz.

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ADS-B is vertically polarized. High gain antennas such as collinear antennas with gain directed towards the horizon tend to work well. Other antennas like 1/4 wave ground planes and J-Poles also work well.

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