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Welcome to the Mode-S Beast Wiki

Mode-S Beast and Radarcape are the most powerful Mode-S and Mode-A/C receivers and decoders on the spotters market.

While the Mode-S Beast is designed to be used as USB device and requires external decoding software, the Radarcape with its embedded Linux plattform adds own decoding and network connectivity.

This page provides technical support and information about the Mode-S Beast and the Radarcape.

Product Pages

Mode-S Beast
RadarCape
The Mode-S Beast is a simple USB device, like a USB mouse,
and includes a receiver and frame decoder. It is completly USB powered.

It points with

  • open protocol
  • best of class reception range and sensitivity
  • compatiblity to most of the decoding programs, like for example Planeplotter or ADSB-Scope
  • easy usage
  • small size
The Radarcape is a standalone device and includes the features of the Mode-S Beast plus many other features:

Easy usage:
There are several ways of displaying the air traffic with nothing more than a web browser, even from multiple locations:

  • Aircraft list
  • 2D Map
  • 3D Map (using Google Earth or similar)

Raw data access:

  • RAW data similar to the Mode-S Beast is available, additionally also pre-checked and pre-filtered
  • Port 30003 data
  • Raw data is available multiple and mixed, from several consumers at the same time, and with all services in parallel.
  • Raw data is timestamped with a GPS synchronized absolute timestamp for high resolution multilateration

Low Level Access:

  • Several reports of the current air situation are available
  • Own applications and programs can be installed in parallel to the operating software.

Data Feeding:

  • The Radarcape comes with a Feeder for the Flightradar24 network and Planeplotter aircraft sharing (both switchable)

Remember, that all features above are available at the same time and in parallel.

The Radarcape connects to your PC via network, as such it is ideal also for remote locations.

General Information