Planes,TV Tuners and Kali Linux

For a number of years, I worked within aviation as an engineer looking after flight systems such as Radars, Voice Switches and Aeronautical Radio. A while ago, I bought a Nooelec DVB-T TV tuner to play with Software Defined Radio (SDR), but I never quite got around it due to life.

Anyway, this post is about testing it to receive ADSB signals from aircraft.

The first stage is to blacklist the kernel driver ‘dvb_usb_rtl28xxu’ in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf.

Simply add the following to the file

blacklist dvb_usb_rtl28xxu

Now reboot your kali box and plug in your NooElec tuner, run ‘dmesg’ and you should get something like shown below.

dmesg-noelec

Now git clone the rtl-sdr repo and build the software as root.

git clone git://git.osmocom.org/rtl-sdr.git
cd rtl-sdr/
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../
make sudo
make install
sudo ldconfig

You can now run the rtl_adsb utility to test your configuration, the output should be as below.
rtl_test

Now that your DVB-T tuner is working you can run the command ‘rtl_adsb -V’ to do a basic test to see if you can receive any ADSB signals from aircraft. Assuming that is good then you can git clone the dump1090  repository and set it up as follows:-


git clone https://github.com/flightaware/dump1090_mr
cd dump1090
make

Now run the dump1090 program in interactive mode using the command ‘dump1090 –interactive’.

Below is a screen shot taken today.

live-flights7

As you can see ADSB provides quite a lot of information.