Stratus update

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  1. Let'sgoflying!

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    "To update your Stratus:
    1. Connect to Stratus Wi-Fi network.
    2. Navigate to More > Devices > Stratus inside ForeFlight.
    3. Tap the “Tap to Update” button next to the current firmware version."
    When I navigate as described in 2., there is no Tap to Update button. It says Version 2.1 but I have never updated it nor known how to update it.
     
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    Did you ask the ForeFlight folks? They are usually pretty responsive, especially since we have several in Austin! :)
     
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    Was a firmware update recently announced and I missed it?
     
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    I sold my Stratus II this past year, but I thought 2.1 was the current firmware with the last update about 2 years ago.
     
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    I'll get around to asking them.
    I also wondered if it was the latest, haven't even had time to google it.

    A couple of Foreflight/Stratus weather SDRs:
    -I wish it would let me see the weather at my destination. Often I'll depart and I cannot get the weather anywhere beyond 500nm. Not long after I am airborne, the second thing after Fuel Rem I am looking at is the weather at destination.
    -too often the weather I am getting is "130 minutes old" or some ridiculous amount. Is there no way to prompt it to nevermind all the other great data you want to feed me; let me have the weather I want and need.
     
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    No need to google this one my king, perhaps with your indulgence the nature of the ADS-B tower system can be presented for the edification and enlightenment of the realm? Patiently awaiting your pleasure sire...
     
  7. Let'sgoflying!

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    not getting much pleasure here lately so have at it now.
    the googling suggestion was only to determine the most current version of the firmware btw.
     
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    Dave, do you have the external antenna for your Stratus?

    For us, that makes a HUGE difference in the quantity of towers we can see.


    As far as age of the information, if you tap the ADS-B tower information in the upper left, you will be shown how "old" the data is for the products you are monitoring.
     
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    Let us begin at the beginning then my liege, at least for the Americas. Back in the late 1400s and into the early 1500s mariners of all sorts including one Chris Colombus noted the lack of reliable regional weather data and suffered many loses because of same. At this time the Spanish crown actively sought methods of obtaining, collecting, and databasing regional weather data to facilitate atmospheric modeling and forecasting. As it was the RFQs were rarely responded to by qualified bidders and for several centuries the entire weather forecasting requests were underserved by the relevant agencies. The Spanish suffered tremendous weather related loses in all theaters and eventually fell from prominence in the world political scene.

    Fast forward to present day America. The national weather service and FAA has learned the lessons of the Spanish and not wanting to lose their jobs by causing the USA to fall from world prominence they decided that a "next generation" system was needed even though past generations were never defined in the past. Part of the "next generation" (called NG hereafter) is the desire to provide the information requested by Chris Colombus namely the reporting of conditions across the region and even the nation.

    The NG designers noted that radio towers would be required to transmit weather data to various ships of the air and perhaps even ships of the sea across the various regions and even across the entire continent thusly was born the concept of local, regional, and national towers. Now it was apparent to the designers that local and regional weather information was much more immediately important to the intrepid operators of various crafts of the air so the density and data from local and regional towers must dominate the weather information so delivered by the NG system. This design approach left the national data to least important and thusly updated at much lower frequency than all other data combined. Another minor point is the system has such a low data rate that all these updates are literally fighting for space in the system and now it is easy to see that if ya want national data ya best just go ahead and invest in that airborne internet connection thing or be a little bit patient while the national data is updated.

    So that's how it is my king. In this day and age using the best government designed and specified one-way data link from last century we have this half built NG system sold to congress and foisted on the populace. Such is the state of the realm.
     
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    Thanks Mike. The map view often said I was receiving multiple towers. No ext antenna.
     
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    Rog, Clark -thanks for the olde history lesson including explanation of the current situation.
     
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    Few people appreciate the connection between Chris Colombus, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and ABS-B.
     
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    Hello Dave,
    These are the current Stratus Firmware Versions;
    Stratus 1: v2.3
    Stratus 2: v2.1
    Stratus 1S: v1.1
    Stratus 2S: v1.1
    You can find these in http://www.appareo.com/support/stratus/stratus-support-faq/