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Check out this .kmz...
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Interesting how well one can hear APs on the ground as well as the number of systems on board that are all running Wi-Fi. Lots of people's phones, perhaps in airplane mode (cellular off) but with Wi-Fi on. This log started at the gate just as the plane was about to push back.
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At first i was wondering if you had made the wifi drone, but this is cool. I like how you can see the banking and flight path in access points up to a certain height.
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pretty cool, huh? I was amazed at the coverage. Unfortunately, I can't be sure that all the ones out west of O'Hare are on the ground or in the plane. I'll try it again this week here at Memphis and see. Memphis is very small, though, so it may not be very interesting...
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forgot to ask for a window seat. Next time, if possible. I'd like to capture the takeoff from PHX and the landing at ORD, which is likely where I'm going next week.
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Was on AA 1100 this morning from PHX to ORD. The first is the first 45 min or so of the outbound flight

https://live.wifidb.net/wifidb/opt/user ... t&row=7047

This one is the final 45 min or so of the arrival into O'Hare. Note the big hairpin out over Lake Michigan.

https://live.wifidb.net/wifidb/opt/user ... t&row=7048

Need a more compact and discreet setup for WiFlying.
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Discreet would be good for less wary stairs lmao. Do you have a HAM license? I saw a post the other day about someone using their ham radio on a plane with the captans permission and got a contact.



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sorry, I meant "warflying". Gotta stick to the script!

Note the several APs that are well off the path taken. These appear to be ones that I collected by car a while back.

Also note that the "OK RV Wi-Fi" on the Arizona one was recorded somewhere a bit east of Winslow AZ but according to Google, the only thing that kind of lines up is OK RV Park in Holbrook, about 29 miles east. Pretty decent range.
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I think at one time in the distant past I did do a contact from an airplane, but it must have been a long time ago and well before everyone got so 'touchy' about doing things on planes. I do have friends who are/were pilots and hams and they used to have (and sometimes till do) all sorts of fun, especially on older airplanes that had HF communications. They'd work the world!
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Holy crap Jon, I was looking at your first file and the flight out, and I can see that you picked up an AP that you added back in 2015 in Payson, AZ roughly 4 miles away from where your plane was flying by.
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I also found this AP in the first file that you were able to pick up at roughly 28K Feet. https://live.wifidb.net/wifidb/opt/fetch.php?id=2395518
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Didn't realize that the database recorded altitude as well! And so many satellites for just peeping out a right side window.

Pretty amazing, huh? Not only 4+ miles above the ground (Payson is ~5000 ft AMSL) but 20k ft horizontal for a range of 28k feet. That's darned impressive for a run of the mill AP at a motel.
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