About

Hi, my name’s Mike Jackson and I live in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  Among my interests are monitoring aircraft on HF radio and dabbling in VHF reception, ACARS and ADS-B, essentially any aircraft communications.

This has been a hobby for me since I was about 14 years old when my cousins who lived near Manchester’s Ringway airport showed me a radio that could listen into what the pilots were saying to ATC and vice versa.

Since then I’ve had a myriad of receivers both HF and VHF/UHF.  My current receiver is an AOR AR3000, an SDR kit made from an R820T dongle and Nooelec UpConverter.  I have a second R820T dongle for VHF reception.

My HF antenna is a Wellbrook ALA1530 active loop and VHF is a homebrew dipole cut for 123.7MHz and fashioned from some aluminum rod and plumbing tubes!

I also have a Beast ADS-B receiver coupled to a DPD Productions 1090MHz antenna running a decoder on a Linux Raspberry Pi.

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