I’m going to create a real-life experiment of installing Nooelec’s NESDRsmart RTL-SDR dongle directly inside cantenna antenna so that the receiver antenna port is actually the antenna itself.
Why this? I try to limit all signal fading due to coax.
I do understand that this may go so wrong. Water inside the dongle, too hot/cold for the dongle, computer stuff outside without proper shielding from elements and so on. I do highlight that this is experiment of mine and not promoted for debate about the “are you sure you know what are doing?”.
After saying this, let’s have a chat:
What do you think would be the most vulnerable parts of this construction?
I try to seal everything using self vulcanizing tape, the USB connector will be inside waterproof case filled with vaseline (or silicone) and the base of the antenna (sma connector of the dongle) will be isolated from the elements as well. For the can I plan to use empty beer can. The USB cable from the dongle is 3 meters long and “the best quality” you can by from local IT shop.
Happy to hear your ideas, comments!