I’ve had the antenna up for a little over 24 hours. Essentially, it’s no better than my home-brew collinear.
That’s not a complaint - just the statistics.
But, if you need an antenna this is a good one and the price is good.
I’ve lost some tracking distance to the North and East. The FA antenna is 2-feet in length and my old stick was 5. The difference in height probably accounts for it. On the other hand I’ve picked up a small increase in position reports so the overall numbers have not changed significantly. I have some leeway in the mounting system and I probably can raise the mast about 3 feet more but will wait for the SAW filter to be installed first.
I got the new antenna on Friday and immediately installed it in the same location as I had my 8 legged spider. Everything else in the chain stayed the same (amp, coax, connectors, RTL settings, etc.). After two days it appears I’m getting equivalent or slightly better range with the FA antenna as I had with the spider for everything but the southwest quadrant. The southwest is blocked by my house, so I’m suspecting the radiation pattern of the spider was better impacted by the aluminum siding than was the Coco.
One thing I know for sure is I never saw any planes over 300 mi away until I got the FA Coco. I’m only seeing a couple a day now, but it’s a data point. My view is mostly limited by fact I’m in relative low area surrounded by trees.
Construction of the antenna is excellent and the mount is well built. Overall, for the price, you couldn’t ask for more.
The maximum range I am getting is 120-180mi (same as with spider, but positions count increased from 20 to 200 over the last 36 hours), the overall position count decreased slightly and number of planes is about same. Here are the stats: flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/ … stats-4382
The antenna connected directly to NooElec R820T2 dongle via N to MCX pigtail.
The antenna currently sitting in the attic in the same place where the spider was. I bought the antenna in preparation to move my setup outside of the house which I am looking to complete this weekend.