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  • Increasing coverage with FR24 Box Receiver

    Hello,

    I'm interested in applying to increase coverage for FR24, but, would like to know how high the supplied antenna needs to be.

    In reading the requirements, they supply you with 10 meters of cable, which I think is about 33 feet.

    I'm also interested in how high the antenna needs to be placed, which seems to be about 15 inches tall.

    I'm guessing that one could not mount such an antenna very high with so short a cable, while still needing to have it near enough to feed the Ethernet cable to your router as well.

    I live 23 miles East of Lambert St. Louis International Airport, so unless there is coverage close by, it seems that I might be able to provide a good add-in for FR24.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi,

    Please find attached my installation picture. The antenna sits on top of a standard length GI pipe and the supplied cable is sufficient enough to wire into the RX.

    I have mounted it on top of my two storied house. I am fairly certain my RX does a good range.

    Cheers

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    • #3
      Originally posted by glen4cindy View Post
      Hello,

      I'm interested in applying to increase coverage for FR24, but, would like to know how high the supplied antenna needs to be.

      In reading the requirements, they supply you with 10 meters of cable, which I think is about 33 feet.

      I'm also interested in how high the antenna needs to be placed, which seems to be about 15 inches tall.

      I'm guessing that one could not mount such an antenna very high with so short a cable, while still needing to have it near enough to feed the Ethernet cable to your router as well.

      I live 23 miles East of Lambert St. Louis International Airport, so unless there is coverage close by, it seems that I might be able to provide a good add-in for FR24.

      Thanks in advance.
      Well... in general, you mount it as high as you dare really. For ADS-B receiving height is king.

      Of course you need to take into account things like how high is your place already ASL, where will your receiver be placed, what kind of mast and diameter you will use, whether you need lightning protection... many more. 10 metres (approx 33 feet) is normally sufficient, but if you really are struggling with the supplied cable, you can buy good quality coaxial cables like LMR400 at your desired length. The other method would be to keep the receiver close to where you antenna is installed, and run longer ethernet cable. This method is better in that signal loss is minimal and ethernet cable is cheaper compared to coax cable.

      You can have a look at this example how the antenna is installed to a tower (most users don't have this privilege) http://www.ads-b.ca/

      more here: http://forum.flightradar24.com/threa...-FR24-hardware

      In the end however, just apply for the FR24 receiver first and foremost as the process takes time and can vary from days to months, depending on the need of FR24. Good luck.
      Last edited by North Borneo Radar; 2013-12-09, 11:48. Reason: grammar

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