Use of local radio station as ADF finder

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Does anyone know of any FSX software that allows you to enter the URL of a radio station, fix the coordinates of its antenna, and establish its range, in order to use it in the ADF? In Chile there are many small towns with local airports without VOR and NDBs, but with local radio stations, which are normally used by pilots as locators. That information would be very valuable to use it in FSX.

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Hello there!

Your inquiry about using local radio stations as ADF (Automatic Direction Finder) is quite interesting. It's true that in some regions, pilots use local radio stations as navigational aids when VOR (VHF Omnidirectional Range) and NDB (Non-Directional Beacon) are unavailable.

Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, there isn't any specific software for FSX (Flight Simulator X) that allows you to enter a URL of a radio station, fix the antenna coordinates, and establish its range directly. However, there is a workaround that you can try, which involves creating your own NDB using Airport Design Editor (ADE) or SBuilderX and then setting it to the frequency of the desired radio station.

  1. First, you'll need to download Airport Design Editor (ADE) or SBuilderX. Both tools are widely used in the flight simulation community for creating and editing scenery and airports.
  2. Once you have installed one of these tools, open the corresponding airport where you want to place the NDB. Using the geographical coordinates of the local radio station's antenna, you can then create a new NDB at that location.
  3. Set the NDB frequency to match the local radio station frequency. You might need to convert the radio station's frequency from MHz to kHz.
  4. Save and compile your new scenery/airport file, then place it in the appropriate FSX scenery folder.

By following these steps, you can essentially use the local radio station as an NDB in FSX. Your aircraft's ADF instrument will then be able to point towards the radio station, allowing you to use it as a navigational aid. Keep in mind that this workaround may not be perfect, as the signal strength and range of the radio station might differ from a real NDB.

I hope this solution helps you in navigating those smaller airports in Chile. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask.

Happy flying!

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