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JAERO is a program that demodulates and decodes Classic Aero ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) messages sent from satellites to Aeroplanes (SatCom ACARS) commonly used when Aeroplanes are beyond VHF range. Demodulation is performed using the soundcard. Such signals are typically around 1.5Ghz and can be received with a simple low gain antenna that can be home brewed in a few hours in conjunction with a cheap RTL-SDR dongle.
In the advent of MH370, Classic Aero has become a well-known name. A quick search on the net using “Classic Aero MH370” will produce thousands of results. The Classic Aero signals sent from satellites to the Aeroplanes are what JAERO demodulates and decodes.
There are different types of Classic Aero, the main difference being speed. JAERO demodulates the two slowest speeds of 600 bps and 1200 bps as well as the faster rate of 10500 bps. After the signals have been demodulated the ACARS messages are displayed.
I have put hundreds of hours into making JAERO so if you want to show your thanks please send a few dollars my way so I can do things like buy some concrete and bolts to mount the big dish or buy another USB extension cord to get the signal at my desktop computer. Thanks.