Built my first antenna and doubled my coverage

Sorry, I dont have details of Flightaware antenna (design, dimensions), so I cannot model it.

**Suggestions: **

(1) Place the magnetic base of telescopic antenna over the lid or bottom of a large food can made of iron. This will help in 2 ways:

(a) The magnet in antenna base will cling to the can and hold antenna in position.

(b) Antenna’s 1 inch dia base magnet provides the groundplane (the braid of coax is connected to it). This is too small a groundplane. When magnet clings to the food can, the food can will enlarge the groundplane and reception will greatly increase.

(2) After purchasing DVB-T dongle, the very first thing you should purchase is a pigtail, with MCX male pin at one end (for dvb-t) and F-female connector at other end to connect regular antenna coax (RG6, RG58 etc).

The MCX male connector of pigtail is delicate, and sometimes breaks.Better order 2 pigtails, one in use, one spare, to be immediately available if mcx connector of one gets damaged. These are not costly ($3.80 + free shipping from China)

http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mdrImDH82MNX8tYr1OYk0sA.jpg http://m.ebay.com/itm/F-female-nut-bulkhead-to-MCX-male-RG316-cable-jumper-pigtail-15cm-/320847773379

http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mnn821kGZ8JMM1I-6zITnuw.jpg http://m.ebay.com/itm/RG174-6inch-RF-pigtail-F-TV-female-jack-pin-bulkhead-to-MCX-male-straight-Cable-/251399601339

**(3) Please also see this post: