I have a question regarding antenna height.
Currently I running the Flightware 26 inch antenna up on the roof.
It’s on a 10 foot mast. It’s another 15 feet if you add in the height of the house.
The house is at 39 feet above sea level.
I am running the flightware pro + fed by 50 feet of LMR 400.
I believe my range is mostly limited by the geography. I can receive pretty well out to 200 miles.
I’ve been curious if adding another 10 feet to the mast would make much difference?
Or would it be better to shorten the run of cable between the antenna and receiver?
Right now I have the gain set to auto (-10). Is there anything to be gained by adjusting that manually?
I don’t know if there’s a lot that can be done. I am in the San Francisco Bay Area and I think the geography (lots of hills and mountains in the distance) probably plays a large role in reception of long range planes.
Mostly just curious if I can optimize things.