Hi all, like the title says, I finally got a good N-male to F-female adaptor, and I swapped out my Quick Spider with the Flight Aware 1/2 wave antenna. To my surprise, I’m getting more range somewhat (100nm to 125nm max) but markedly fewer planes (29 vs 51) and messages/sec (151 vs 250+!) . Is this expected behavior for the difference between the two designs? Meaning, does the FA antenna require more stuff like a filter to perform as well as an unfiltered Quick Spider?
Both antennae side by side in attic, ~12ft AGL.
FA-Ant > N to F > Regular RG6 coax (approx 5 feet) > F to MCX pigtail adaptor > NooElec SDR > RPi
Quick Spider > Regular RG6 coax (approx 4 feet) > same F to MCX pigtail adaptor > NooElec SDR.
All settings on Dump1090-fa and the SDR drivers are the same.
I do plan to move the FA antenna outside where it belongs, later in this hobby, but I wanted at least parity in performance under the same conditions before I do so.