Anyone else had an FA antenna fail on them? All of a sudden the number of aircraft I was picking up dropped dramatically as did the range. After much swapping of dongles, connectors, cables, power supplies and Pi’s, it turned out to be the antenna. I had a spare antenna and when I swapped it in, everything sprang back to normal. …immediate jump from about 30 aircraft to over 100, and range from less than 100NM to over 150NM.
The failed antenna was bought Nov 2015, and installed on the mast on my roof shortly after that. I’m in the Toronto area, so it’s had a couple of years of cold, snow and ice, plus hot summer temps.
There is no noticeable damage on the outside. The connector was clean, dry, and bright. I’d wrapped the connector in self-sealing tape. No signs of water in the connector at all. The heads of the two screws on the aluminum base were quite corroded though.
I had noticed better reception on cold clear days (well below 0C), than warmer damp winter days. Any other ideas?
I guess I’ll have to buy another. I don’t think these things come with any warranty.