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.
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.