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Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby m0lsx » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:08 pm

I have been looking at the possibility of getting a Kinetics SBS-3 receiver, but before parting with £550 I thought I would get some opinions of it as a SDR.
I like the idea of a stand alone multi receiver, that can run ADS-B & two tuners with no PC required.
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby mickydt » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:09 am

it is a bit fiddly to set up esp the network but once working it does everything it claims.

to run it with sdrSharp you will need a older copy.

also don't use the software version from the supplied cd, download a full version from the sbs website , there is a known bug which stops the base station from displaying operator flags.

i run mine with a small whip aerial and also outdoor aerial and pick up in to Scotland from Lancashire.

when i first got the box i was head banging for a full week but with internet help i managed to work the settings out.
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby m0lsx » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:35 pm

Thanks. Is it easy to use digital decoding software with them, as the system is self contained?
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby mickydt » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:44 pm

never got that far but presume once srdsharp is running then digital decoding will be the same as with other dongles.

i do suggest getting a different 1090 aerial to the one supplied, i got a base one from moonraker.
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby m0lsx » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:42 pm

Thanks I already have 1090 here. I am just wondering about if it's worth upgrading.
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby dosformat » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:12 am

I have owned and now sold my sbs-3.

It is a well made bit of kit and should be for that price. I have a dedicated 1090Mhz antenna with a dedicated mast head amp.

I picked up excellent range and good amount of aircrafts with the sbs-3.

I then purcahsed a SDRPLAY (version 1) and for the s-ts and giggles I thought I would see how it faired with the SBS3.

Well at the start of my post it said I owned one and now sold one and it is because the SDRPlay performed just as well as the sbs3 did.

It picks up around about the same amount of aircraft and the same range and the sdr side of things is good too. These go for £100 which is a bit more wallet friendly.

Yes the SBS 3 is stand alone and yes it has 2 sdr radios built in but for around £100 you could have an sdrplay and 2 rtl dongles doing preety much the same job, just need a pc running.

Depends what you want to use it for and if it has the features you need more, you might already own a sdrplay. I own the sdrplay pro 2 which is also another excellent choice and then there is the famous rtl sdr dongle which is a jack of all trades. I cannot tell you about other sdr's liek the airspy e.t.c as I have not used them personally.

Thing long and hard before parting your cash for one, as although it has some tempting features, most of those can be accomplished for a 1/10th of the price.

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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby dosformat » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:15 am

also to add

If you are like me and live in a busy residential area I would recommmend the 1090Mhz flightaware band pass filter which has sma male to female connectors.

Works a treat and gives me another 100 - 200 nm range as it help the snr.

It wont work in all situtations but for £20 it might be worth a punt.
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby m0lsx » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:21 am

I do have a 1090 RX & some dongles. But I like the stand alone multi RX aspect of the SBS.
I brought one of the Airnav Radar boxes last year when they were £50, but the limited options to feed into Flightradar24 etc means it's not used much.
I do have some dongles, but again don't use them much.
I do not have a bandpass filter, but I do get a fair amount of QRM here due to living on a estate, so thats something I will potentially get.
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Re: Anyone use SBS-3?

Postby mickydt » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:13 pm

virtual radar software works very well with the sbs3 it is fairly straight forward to setup. it will display aircraft on a map, also shows images of the aircraft it is tracking.

this is what mine is set up with full network capabilities, audio streaming via the quick time player, sdrsharp decoding via i.q, ship plotter via network and virtual radar.

i think in the end it is what you want out of one of these gadgets.
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