Oh my, what a difference moving the antenna outside makes!


#1

Just finally had the time to mount our antenna on the roof of one of the hangars here… holy cow what an IMMEDIATE difference it made! I mean, I knew it would, but I’m not sure I was expecting this much.

-RPi-2B (Running mostly stock piaware image)
-Homemade 8 legged spider using the SO-239 instructions and 8 gauge wire
-Mounted about 30 feet in the air
-RG6 run to dongle, just shy of 40 feet – no amps or filters (yet)

This may not even be the final mounting point at this location, there’s a better spot up on the peak of the main hangar about another 20 feet up… but that’s gonna require an extensive ethernet run and re-routing some power to the location. Which is actually planned already for a runway facing outdoor camera, but it will be sometime later this summer.

For the meantime, I’m very pleased! Just thought I’d share.


#2

NICE!.. Mine is outside but need to get above the trees… If we work at it a little bit, we will be able to overlap our rings! (hope it doesn’t have the same affect as crossing beams in Ghostbusters!)

Cheers!
LitterBug
Columbus, OH KCMH


#3

HA! Right!?!

I’m totally hooked on the tweaking of it now… can’t wait to get some amp’ing and filtering going on! would like to stretch out as far as I can.

Good luck to you, and I’ll keep ya posted on my end… we’ll see if we can get some good long range overlap for sure!


#4

I’d put the FlightAware antenna from Amazon
amazon.com/1090MHz-ADS-B-Ant … 1437590618
rather than a home made spider at the peak of the hanger - It’s a bargain and if well mounted will never need attention come rain or shine. The amplifier will also have more to work with.