The United States is currently providing weather services using the 978MHz(UAT) frequency.
The FAA ground stations are designed to provide optimal service to in-flight aircraft. Weather reception will vary by location but most of our users report weather data reception between 500'-1500' AGL. The FAA provides an ADS-B coverage map as a reference.
No, pingBuddy 2 is an ADS-B receiver. The 2020 mandate requires ADS-B transmit capablity. Learn more at the FAA ADS-B website.
PingBuddy 2 can be powered using any 5V micro USB power source. Existing USB chargers in aircraft or portable USB batteries work equally well.
No, PingBuddy 2 is an ADS-B receiver. It utilizes the GPS in your Android or iOS device. If your device does not have an integrated GPS an external Bluetooth or GPS dongle is required.