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Canadian Stratux Box
By Ian Brown, Editor, Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
October 2016 - We’ve reviewed the low-cost ADS-B Stratux kit in previous issues. It certainly seems to have some useful functionality near the border. Where I live I see weather and traffic with no subscription at all. One problem was that it’s a bit of a messy install with wires and antennas and Velcro tape everywhere. I basically spent another $100 upgrading this configuration to a much neater implementation, but the whole thing would have been under $100 if I’d done it that way to begin with.
One problem we had seen with the first iteration was that, since it was a nest of wires, the connections were intermittent. The two software-defined radio (SDR) USB keys didn’t fit in the USB ports without having their covers removed, and they were too long for the box described below. Also, you probably only need one SDR for use in Canada. The antennas had fairly long cables hanging everywhere.
I got a new Stratux case through Amazon.ca. It’s produced by Ryan Dewsbury, who lives in Tiverton, Ontario. He printed my box on his 3-D printer.
Stratux 3-D printed box with fan
The only problem for me was that the box was designed for the latest Noelec Nano 2 software-