Greetings FlightAware Forum,
I think I might have a problem with my installation, or equipment.
It was offline for most of the day due to installing and getting it all properly set up. Now that all is done, my coverage from the FA receiver kit is only about 100km radius.
FA antenna fitted on top of 14m mast. N-Connector properly tightened, running down with the 30feet cable into the surge arrestor. Then the shorter cable on the other side of the surge arrestor runs indoors, into the filter and FA receiver. Now I haven’t connected earth to the surge arrestor yet, the whole mast is grounded and metal, so I don’t see that as a possible factor in my reception problem. No kinks or obvious damage to any of the cables either, all connectors look fine.
There is no TX cable or TX antennas on the mast, all just RX. Feeder lines are not running parallel to any power cables.
Please share your thoughts what could be wrong here… I’m sure I should get at least 300km radius and not mere 100km radius. 100km is about what I can get with only a coax outside without antenna connected. And important also, the about 100km radius is similar to what I got when I setup the kit to test it… antenna was then only 6m above ground, so I blamed the trees around me for the poor reception. But at 14m AGL its now open skies all around.
Is there any way I can telnet or connect to the box (besides the :8080 screen?) to see if we can discover what is wrong?
Thanks for the help!