[list=][/list]I’m a Newbie (3 days) … running Pi 3 PiAware, decent Co-Linear & good quality SDR-RTL stick and cable. Antenna simply hooked up indoors on a window cill until outside install. Plane count really very. very low; typically 1 or 2 per hour! I’m only 100Km from London Heathrow and under the flight path to N America. Do I have a problem? Am I expecting too much?
Nearest Airport is FFD (Fairford)
Reports Received this morning so far and yesterday
ADS-B 19 129
MLAT 0 0
Other 30 204
Total 49 333
ADS-B 5 37
MLAT 0 0
Other 6 16
Total 11 53
Sounds like a hardware problem; check your connections. If your antenna is homemade, that’s the most likely point of failure. What is the specific hardware (antenna, cabling, adaptors, rtl-sdr dongle) that you’re using?
Thank you so much - it’s great being able to bounce ideas around!
Commercial cables throughout, professional Collinear BUT …
I’m using a NooFlec,com SDR-RTL stick (bot cheap!) - and it terminates in an SMA(?) outside threaded connector. That couples with a bought SMA to N Type Male pigtail. However the pigtail SMA (internal thread) looks female. The threaded SMA spigot also looks female - there appears to be no male connection! This could be it - but I’m most confused.
I find the stock whip antennas good for testing… They are small cheap and robust. Not the best in recieving but you shuld get way more than now. If not something is very wrong.
flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/ … tats-24855 Very bad rtl stick with a stock whip just thrown outside for playing around… And when you compare it with my other setup ( better rtl stick amp filter 50cm coco on rooftop) it isn’t that bad at all…
Can’ t get a better range here because of hills all around…
Most radio gear (RTL-SDR dongles, non-wifi antennas / filters / amps etc) will use regular SMA connectors: male connector with pin and internal thread, female connector with socket and external thread.
Wifi gear usually uses RP-SMA connectors, and since wifi is more common that’s what most cables will have too unless you check carefully. RP-SMA reverses the gender of the center connector (male has a socket with internal thread, female has a pin with external thread)
You never want to connect a SMA to a RP-SMA, they either won’t fit or won’t make contact (as you discovered)