I’m new here and have been running a FA PiAware SD Card image in a Raspberry Pi2 since March 10th and have been reading and testing various configurations and home-made antenna designs. But earlier this week I read that others have tried an inline satellite TV amp with good results. So, from my satellite TV install days I knew that I had one or more of those amps kicking around in the garage/shop. Sure enough I found one and a power insert-er and 24V power supply.
Now, over the last few weeks I been trying different variations of the ‘spider’ some with bent legs and another with a flat disc and still another with a dome shape, but nothing worked much better than the 4-legged spider. And I thought I was doing good with about 20,000 positions reports per day with a few out beyond 200 NM.
But then I added the Perfect Vision inline amp and power insert-er. Now it hasn’t even been a day and I’ve doubled my average position reports and also seen a 50% increase in aircraft seen with some out beyond 250 NM.
I’m very pleased I stumbled across this site while looking for Raspberry Pi projects during a blizzard in late February. Everyone seems very knowledgeable and very polite as well. So, I think I might hang around a bit, if that’s OK?