I setup my Prostick Plus a few months ago, using the included antenna, placed on the window sill of my home office. I’m on a 210 meter hill overlooking the Dee Estuary and have an open view to the horizon on an arc of about 120 degrees (NW - E ish).
In an effort to see more data, I’ve bought a “FlightAware 1090MHz ADS-B N-Type Antenna 26” - 5.5dBi" from PiHut and installed it in the loft. I’m seeing a big improvement in numbers of reports and range. But, I have a solid wall in the loft space, separating the garage from the house and I think its blocking signals from the South & West. So, the next step will be to mount a pole on the (outside) gable end of the house and put the antenna on that.
Is it as simple as just bolting a bracket to the wall, clamping a pole to the bracket and attaching the antenna to the pole? Knowing nothing about radio, I’ve confused myself by reading about “ground planes” and “earth straps”.
Also, is there an optimum length of pole, or is it just a case of “the higher the better”?