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  • Originally posted by F-YMEN3 View Post
    I've got a weird issue. My antenna is on a tower on a remote hilltop at 1400 feet, it's all solar powered and wifi linked. The tower is a wind up and goes from 20 foot to 50 foot. Over the past couple of years several times I have wound the tower up to try to get more range from my FR24 box. The FR24 antenna has pride of place on top of the tower. This is the weird thing ... when I wind the tower up .. every time I drop about 10 - 20 miles in range ! I normally get 200-205 miles max range with the tower down... when I wind it up I get only get 180 -190nm. I have tried different coax, including LD4-50 Heliax and even at one time I mounted the FR24 box at the top of the tower with just a couple of meter of coax. Always the same .. less range with height .. its not coax loss.

    What could it be ? There is a commercial tower about 200 feet away but it is over 300 feet high, I can't imagine that I am getting up into its signals and anyway I believe everything on that tower operates at 2.1 Ghz which should not hurt 1 Ghz. There are mobile phone towers about 3 kms away but when I put another receiver on the antenna and listen to 1090 I don't hear any interference. My only other thought is that with the extra height the angle of radiation is dropping down to the horizon where there are mountains in all directions.

    Anyway I have a low noise amp on the way and will add that to the system and keep playing ... it has a highpass filter so that might help if it is interference.
    Id imagine you are experiencing swamping... an overload of signals from the other towers - it doesn't matter that they are using different frequencies, you receiver employs lots of intermediate frequencies, and probably less than perfect design, as such any strong signals will effect the operation and sensitivity of your receiver.
    You may add filters and cavities etc, but I suspect your on a hiding to nothing... just find a good compromise position for the gear and live with it !

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    • Originally posted by Rooster View Post
      Id imagine you are experiencing swamping... an overload of signals from the other towers - it doesn't matter that they are using different frequencies, you receiver employs lots of intermediate frequencies, and probably less than perfect design, as such any strong signals will effect the operation and sensitivity of your receiver.
      You may add filters and cavities etc, but I suspect your on a hiding to nothing... just find a good compromise position for the gear and live with it !
      Yeah, its a shame we can atleast hear the receiver in the FR24 boxes ... a spectrum scope would be even better.

      It is interesting that the tower that is 3km away (actually several towers) is hidden by another mountain .. I can just see the very tip from ground level ... as I wind up my tower I imagine the coms towers in the distance comes into clear view of the 1090 antenna.

      Anyway I have already ordered one of these - EDIT can't post the link but its the LNA from Uptronics made specifically for 1090Mhz

      I guess I'll see what happens with that installed and at different heights. If it works best at a lower height, then so be it.

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      • Originally posted by Rooster View Post
        Id imagine you are experiencing swamping... an overload of signals from the other towers - it doesn't matter that they are using different frequencies, you receiver employs lots of intermediate frequencies, and probably less than perfect design, as such any strong signals will effect the operation and sensitivity of your receiver. You may add filters and cavities etc, but I suspect your on a hiding to nothing...
        Well, something tells me that you lack actual experience of these scenarios, because your theories are missing one crucial point.

        While it's quite possible that strong RF interference on intermediate frequencies can have an affect on RX performance, unless you are co-sited with very strong transmitters, which was not the case here, the main way for such interference to get inside your receiver is through the antenna and antenna port. A cavity bandpass on the antenna cable will very effectively block all such interference.

        For a signal to go straight through an aluminum box, or picked up by DC or ETH cables, the field strength would have to be VERY high, certainly not a problem from a tower 3km away.

        The best test for this and similar issues is to have a god cavity filter to test with. In practice, it solves 90% of all interference problems.

        /M
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        • Originally posted by MrMac View Post
          Well, something tells me that you lack actual experience of these scenarios, because your theories are missing one crucial point.

          While it's quite possible that strong RF interference on intermediate frequencies can have an affect on RX performance, unless you are co-sited with very strong transmitters, which was not the case here, the main way for such interference to get inside your receiver is through the antenna and antenna port. A cavity bandpass on the antenna cable will very effectively block all such interference.

          For a signal to go straight through an aluminum box, or picked up by DC or ETH cables, the field strength would have to be VERY high, certainly not a problem from a tower 3km away.

          The best test for this and similar issues is to have a god cavity filter to test with. In practice, it solves 90% of all interference problems.

          /M
          Yea... alright, ive no need to banter Cv's :-(

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          • I have Scanmaster Airmaster antenna that’s positioned on a pole attached to my house about 10m off the ground. If I’m brave enough :-) I can get ladder to the apex of the roof and could re-position the antenna which would be at least 3m higher. I have not read the entire thread so not sure what the conclusion was. The coverage I have is good but always looking to see what I can do to improve reception. Is there an antenna that I could purchase that would be “significantly” better than my current setup without having to the move the antenna. Moving the antenna would of course result is using a longer coax cable, so not sure if that would be counter productive. For example would the Diamond D 777 be an improvement.

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            • Originally posted by AIR_UK View Post
              I have Scanmaster Airmaster antenna that’s positioned on a pole attached to my house about 10m off the ground. If I’m brave enough :-) I can get ladder to the apex of the roof and could re-position the antenna which would be at least 3m higher. I have not read the entire thread so not sure what the conclusion was. The coverage I have is good but always looking to see what I can do to improve reception. Is there an antenna that I could purchase that would be “significantly” better than my current setup without having to the move the antenna.

              Dedicated ADS-B antennas are designed and tuned for 1090 MHz

              Both the "Scanmaster Airmaster antenna" and "Diamond D 777 antenna" are designed for AIR BAND (117-140Mhz), almost 1/9 times the frequency of Air Band antennas.

              Better go for an antenna designed for ADS-B frequency of 1090 MHz.

              I use three different antennas with my 3 receivers
              (1) Flightaware 5 dBi, 26 inch antenna 1090 MHz purchased from Amazon.
              https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WZL6WPO?tag=fligh01-20
              https://www.modmypi.com/electronics/...nna-66cm--26in


              (2) DIY 2 dBi, 1/4 wavelength groundplane antenna with slanting radials (Spider).
              3 EASY ANTTENNAS FOR BEGINNERS: EASY ANTENNA # 1 : SPIDER


              (3) DIY 2dBi, 1/4 wavelength horizontal disc groundplane + decoupling sleeve (Cantenna).
              3 EASY ANTTENNAS FOR BEGINNERS: EASY ANTENNA # 2 : CANTENNA

              Comparing three, the best performer is Flightaware 26 inch antenna.
              Spider and Cantenna are next and are at par.


              Originally posted by AIR_UK View Post
              Moving the antenna would of course result is using a longer coax cable, so not sure if that would be counter productive.
              Three meters extra coax will not make any significant additional attenuation, and should not be counter productive.
              .

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              • The extra height will far outweigh the cable loss.

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                • Thanks for the replies.
                  Just to clarify my question is with regards to antennas related to Airband receivers and was curious as to whether the Diamond D 777 provides a better performance as compared to Scanmaster Airmaster. Not that I have been disappointed with Scanmaster Airmaster as it performs very well indeed, but this is my first airband antenna so not sure how this compares with other antennas. I have now relocated my antenna to the roof of the house, so now in the process to see what the improvement is if any.

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                  • It is location of antenna which counts the most. With your airband antenna moved from indoors to roof, you will get big improvement


                    Any 60 cm piece of wire or whip acts as a good Air Band antenna. Attaching groundplane (radials or disc) to shield of coax will improve further
                    Last edited by abcd567; 2017-07-05, 23:43.

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                    • Quiet in here again :-(

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                      • Originally posted by Rooster View Post
                        Quiet in here again :-(
                        Yes it is.....
                        Frustrating.... This thread used to be so lively

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                        • Shame, as making stuff is really fun !!! Not to mention cheaper AND better than commercial gear... especially antennae !

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                          • As long as commercial antennas were very costly $100 to $300, most hobbyist were tempted to go for a DIY antenna costing almost free few $ only.

                            When Flightaware marketed a 5.5 dBi antenna for $45, lot of hobbyists replaced their cocos and spiders by Flightware antenna.

                            Now few think of a DIY antenna. They mostly go for Flightaware 26 inch antenna for $45 and Flightaware Pro Stick (which is a generic DVB-T + integral front-end RF pre-amplifier) for $16.

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                            • Originally posted by Rooster View Post
                              Shame, as making stuff is really fun !!! Not to mention cheaper AND better than commercial gear... especially antennae !
                              Unfortunately most ads-b hobbyists/data feeders are mainly interested in "rank", which is achived by using commercial equipment rather than DIY. They are least interested in fun of doing things themselves. Their focus is only on "how can I increas my rank above other feeders in my area?".

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                              • I recently switched from a 12 element colinear element antenna (DIY connected to 1m RG-179) to the flightaware antenna fitted to 5m CLF200 coax low loss cable. I noticed a significant increase in range of about 25NM approx. My max range is 240NM now. However I am noticing that I have lost reception of many aircraft below 1,000ft. I live just 2km away from the airport. I have flightaware pro stick plus as receiver connected to pi3. Any ideas what can I do to get the coverage below 1000ft back ?

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