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 Post subject: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 9:54 am 
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Hello

any ideas / suggestions to improve my antenna range am using FlightAware's own " 1090MHz ADS-B Antenna - 66cm / 26in " , i don't think am getting good results my antenna is fairly high ,
here is my stats page http://flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/ALITALLA


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 Post subject: Re: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 10:28 am 
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Check your terrain limits here:

post206001.html#p206001

follow the instructions from "8 ): ADD TERRAIN LIMIT RINGS"

this will give you a guide of your possible range limits due to land mass/elevation etc.

Also are you using any filters? what Coax are you using? is the antenna outside?


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 Post subject: Re: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:47 pm 
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Also, have reasonable expectations... You can't see what is not there. How are you stacking up with the closest other tracker locations?


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 Post subject: Re: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 2:00 pm 
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am feeding data using FlightAware's stock equipment's , am not using any filter , my antenna cable is a 15 meter Cable N (male) - SMA (male)


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 Post subject: Re: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 5:31 pm 
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ALITALLA wrote:
am feeding data using FlightAware's stock equipment's , am not using any filter , my antenna cable is a 15 meter Cable N (male) - SMA (male)


If using 15m of cable then I can only suggest it is good LMR400 or equivalent cable.

also have a read of this:

ads-b-flight-tracking-f21/what-is-the-maximum-range-i-can-get-t35912.html


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 Post subject: Re: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 3:57 pm 
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Your coverage graph looks good with a fair amount of positions reported over 200 miles.
It seems that the vast majority of the flights are detected over Spain with practically nothing from the west or south, maybe your view is blocked that way (Atlas mountains)


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 Post subject: Re: antenna range improving ..?
PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 5:35 pm 
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I keep tweaking things in my setup, I rarely ever gain much additional range but tend to improve hits in existing range, seems to be a point where the only thing you can do is move obstacles (those mountains will be challenging to get out of the way!) or get more height.

There is a guy near me who always sits at top of charts on messages and aircraft, turns out his antenna is in a rural area on top of a hill with 360-degree views.


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