In a way, that is normal, ads-b is line of sight. The higher they fly, the further away you can track them, terrain permitting.
That sounds good, in most cases that has the biggest impact on better reception. Strange that it did not have any effect.
Apart from the distance and number of aircraft, the message rate is also a sign of better reception, are you aware if that has improved?
It has the right SMA connector. Does it say anything on the side? If it is 2 or 3m, I guess it is okay, although most HAMs will probably disagree here .
The RTLSDRBlog-dongle is one of the better, and the store you linked is the official one from them on aliexpress.
Really not sure what the issue is, here.
Maybe you really need a filter, like the dark blue FA filter or the one from radarbox. You could check the “Do I need a filter” thread, there are tips and instructions to create a heatmap that lets you show which signals the antenna picks up.
Or create a simple homebrew antenna out of coax cable, for comparison. Or if possible, move the whole setup to a different location, maybe a friends house. Some people also created a mobile versions with a Pi Zero.
What type of Pi are you using. @wiedehopf also wrote some nice scripts to check wether the dongle might not get enough voltage, although that would manifest in a different way.
Yes of course you are right. There are many ways and levels where you can go. And I sure don´t want to go there
What I meant was, that I feel this setup could do better. As I mentioned earlier the antenna does not matter in my case. As long as there is something sticked to that SDR (by that I mean dipole antenna with any lenght and any orientation) It will get me the same range.
That makes me to feel just stupid to purchase 1060-1120Mhz 5,5dB antenna and have the same results.
So that was the 1-st gear meaning. The ferrari was indeed a exaggeration, lets keep that as Pinto then
Make it a Volvo using the LNA i mentioned, it’s not too expensive ($30).
Not sure how long shipping is at the moment though.
I’ve looked and it doesn’t seem to be terrain.
The most likely issue then is interference.
That might be true across antennas.
Anyhow the LNA has 3 filters builtin and is what really completes the rtl-sdr v3 for ADS-B.
Without that, the FA ProStick Plus or the green AirNav stick (having an integrated LNA and one filter) fare better than the v3.
I understand. My brain said the same. That´s why i ordered the 1060-1120Mhz antenna with the “quality” cable. I don´t have any instruments to confirm the products quality. Feedback from the other users had been great, so this is the only indicator for me at the moment. It may be possible that I have been sold empty PVC tube with the N-Female connector. I did not open the tube because it is sealed(for the weather) but this special antenna does not perform any better than my dipole that come with the SDR. And as I previously mentioned many times it does not matter how much I retract the rods on dipole or if I connect the “special” antenna. Results are practically same. The “special” antenna gives me about 10 more NM of coverage.
@wiedehopf Thank you for reply.
As i mentioned before that I don´t know anything about radio stuff and as embarrassed I am at the moment. (but I´m good in some other stuff ) Can you please give me any suggestion,what kind of filter should I ask from local electronics shop or link to the product that I need.
Little backstory of me if someone is interested.
“I have one child 5-Yo boy, a wife and an old cat. I work on engineering level at metal industry. My hobby is quite similar that I do my working hours, 3D modelling and printing. Weekends go past as usual(male persons know). At the moment I have more than enough gadgets that my wife can handle in our household. Maybe closer to my retirement I will become HAM person. But for now flight tracking got my attention and it´s something that I just like to do to spend my free time.If it does not suit for me then I will give the Pi to my kid and he can build a robot or something(masturbator when in suitable age) else out of it”
Some punctuation would have made that line a little clearer, but what he said was that there is a detailed “How To” available to teach you how to enable the “bias-t” (really, Bias-tee) functionality on the RTL-SDR version 3 dongle.
Basically that dongle has the ability to “push” DC power up the coax antenna cable in order to provide power to an amplifier installed at the antenna (vs needing to run a separate cable and power supply) - but you need to enable the function with software commands.
In that case, your installation would look like (antenna > amp >>>>>> cable >>>>>> receiver/dongle > RPi)
Most people start out with a $10 generic dongle - you started with a much better one.
Many people have bought a WiFi extension cable with the wrong SMA plug (RP-SMA) on it - you got the right cable.
Many people expect miracles from the POS mag-base antenna supplied with the generic dongle - you started with a decent antenna.
Essentially you’ve done everything right so far.
You nearest neighbor is doing quite well, so there is room for improvement.
With antenna location - height is king. Is there a possibility of getting it up above roofline?