I may get crucified for this but I have a few questions about antennas and locations.
Currently I have two piaware setups:
a) cheap desktop antenna -> FA filter -> Orange FA stick -> pi 3. This one is about 25 feet off the ground at my desk near a window. Range isn’t great but my office is near KCLT so picks up a decent amount of traffic.
b) the new one, with the antenna (below) -> 20ft RG6 -> blue FA stick -> pi3
I didn’t have an antenna for this new one, so I ordered the FA 26" one. In the interim, I thought I’d try an antenna I already have - a 12.25dbi gain ClearStream 4 18"x28" HDTV antenna I had already hung in my attic (attic of a two-story house, so maybe 40 feet above the surrounding ground), but still indoors, under the roof. The message rate shot up to around 500/sec in the mornings, peak time around here for KCLT, and the range is sitting around 100nm, with the occasional beyond that.
However, I’m assuming this is not an optimal antenna.
a) mount the FA antenna outside, about 8 feet off the ground (but in the front yard of the house, about 30 feet from the house)
b) mount the FA antenna indoors, in the attic, or
c) keep the TV antenna
Mounting the FA antenna on top of the house outdoors is also an option, but a more involved one.
So all that said -
Will the difference between a non-optimal antenna and the FA antenna be so significant that it’s worth a switch?
And will a lower elevation (with some blockers to the horizon) but outdoors be better than higher elevation but indoors?