Greetings all, first post and new PiAware feeder here.
Quick summary of my issue/question…
Started out with standard RTL-SDR stick and decided to get the FA Pro Stick Plus. Noticed markedly lower performance on the FA stick. Researched and figured it needed a filter. Ended up getting another FA Pro Plus as well to rule out hardware issues.
RTL-SDR Stick/No Filter - Better than FA Stick #1 and #2 in general.
FA Stick #1 and #2 + Add’l Filter - Many more local planes/messages than RTL-SDR Stick, but less distance.
FA Stick #1 seems to perform better than FA Stick #2. It’s not a huge difference, but my concern is why the difference between two identical sticks? From the same batch ordered two days apart.
Also, as stated above, the standard RTL stick seems to pull signals from more distant planes, but with fewer planes locally (within 50mi).
Is the internal filtering after the amp in the FA Pro Stick Plus somehow attenuating signals from more distant planes? Would I get better results with the Pro Stick without the internal filter?
Again, I’m still new to all this so any help would be appreciated!