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    Quote Originally Posted by YWYY View Post
    Herman, once the 2 parts of the driven element are poked through the holes and meet inside the pipe, I bent the ends at right angle with a pair of needle nose pliers, solder the coax directly to the bent ends, that way the coax will lie straight along the pvc pipe.......
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    Very neat and crafty (the feeder connection, as well as the antenna as a whole). Well done YWYY!

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    Thanks for the information YWYY!
    I will try and copy your build sometime. The design you are using gives a wider angle of reception than the one I did a few weeks ago. What one can also do, on the inside where the 2 driven elements come close together: perhaps add a small piece of plastic or some non-conductive material, just to make sure they do never touch or short (due to water ingress)

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    I have 2 satellite amplifiers. Will there be any benefit in adding the second one to the downlead so the 2 are in series?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trigger View Post
    I have 2 satellite amplifiers. Will there be any benefit in adding the second one to the downlead so the 2 are in series?
    I have initially used 2 amplifiers in series with my 50 ft RG6 cable between antenna & receiver, thinking that two amplifiers will be better than one. Later, when I removed 2nd amplifier to see the affect, I did not notice any reduction in range or number of planes. Since then I am using only one amplifier.

    For longer cable runs, or very lossy cable, two amplifiers are likely to be better than one.

    If you already have 2 amplifiers, add the 2nd one and see the effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abcd567 View Post
    If you already have 2 amplifiers, add the 2nd one and see the effect.
    OK I'll give it a try. Hopefully this won't happen burned1.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by trigger View Post
    OK I'll give it a try. Hopefully this won't happen burned1.jpg
    Ohhhhhh...
    It is the power supply which supplies the burning energy, not the amplifier.

    The current drawn by each amplifier is less than 50 milli Amperes, with 2 amplifiers it is less than 100 milli Amps, which is far too low to cause burning of coax or connectors. The current flow is several amperes if there is a short, high enough to burn.

    How this burn happen? Short between core & shield at some point? Are your power supply & power inserters ok?

    I have once fried my power inserter when I carelessly connected a shorted top coco without a dc blocker
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    First cantenna (no amplifier, no power injector, 15 ft RG6 COAX) has been operational for 18 hours now. The results over the mini-antenna the usb dongle came with have been amazing, I have increased my range in almost every direction by 100%. I found the best enclosure for it too. You know those Clorox disinfecting wipes that come in the cylinders that you pull out in sheets like a tissue box? It's absolutely perfect for the size of the cantenna. Just drill a hole in the lid and feed the coax in. The locking mechanism that usually is used to pull the sheets out locks the coax in place. Only some tape was needed to block it from going through the hole the other way.

    Cantenna v1.0 with COAX through the lid.
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    Cantenna v1.0 with Clorox disinfecting wipes enclosure.
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    Default Antenna Range:
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    Cantenna v1.0 Range:
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    Quote Originally Posted by wxmeddler View Post
    First cantenna (no amplifier, no power injector, 15 ft RG6 COAX) has been operational for 18 hours now. The results over the mini-antenna the usb dongle came with have been amazing, I have increased my range in almost every direction by 100%. I found the best enclosure for it too. You know those Clorox disinfecting wipes that come in the cylinders that you pull out in sheets like a tissue box? It's absolutely perfect for the size of the cantenna...........
    CONGRATULATIONS!
    I like your ingenuity in using Clorox disinfecting wipes cylinder as enclosure.
    Your range will further increase when you add an amplifier. What is current location of antenna? up on the roof?
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    I have a cantenna which I like to call "cantuna". The tuna can is 100 mm wide and exactly 69 mm tall so it needs no cutting - just a hole for the BNC connector I used.

    I did some tests the other day, comparing the performance of the F-feed box (F-YSCN2) and the cantenna connected to a DVB-T dongle (T-YSCN8) on a raspberry pi.

    Firstly I swapped the antennas. The resulting range was very similar (about 160 nm) although the FR24 box resolved about three or four times more messages.

    I then fed the cantenna via an amplified splitter to both receivers. Again the results were pretty similar as far as range was concerned, with the FR24 box resolving a lot more messages but with very little extra range.

    Next up, I split the FR24 antenna to the two boxes. The performance of the DVB-T dongle remained about the same but the range increased to over 300 nm on the FR24 box.

    This led me to the conclusion that the cantenna is pretty closely matched to the performance potential of the Pi and that a higher gain antenna may not be justified. I did not fiddle with the gain settings on the DVB-T dongle, and I believe this could reduce the noise floor and enable more messages to be decoded. Another issue could be impedance mismatches between the antennas and the receivers, as well as the performance of the splitter amplifier, which is designed for TV signals.

    In normal use, the FR24 bundle will track about 40% more aircraft than the Pi-cantenna bundle.

    I only plotted data for about an hour on each test, I will repeat the tests but over a full day and see if I can get more accurate results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abcd567 View Post
    CONGRATULATIONS!
    I like your ingenuity in using Clorox disinfecting wipes cylinder as enclosure.
    Your range will further increase when you add an amplifier. What is current location of antenna? up on the roof?
    I wish I had a roof. No, I live on the second of four floors of an apartment complex. It it currently zip tied to the banister of my balcony, hence the 180° look to the plot. I keep pestering my land lord to let me know if a similar sized apartment opens up on the 4th floor, I bet I could get 350-400km easy without a amplifier then.
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