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    Best mode-s antenna (for purchase)

    I realize there is already a thread with tremendous information about DIY antennas. I have attempted to sift through all of the 2,000+ messages to find an answer to this question, but I have come up empty. There were some potentially helpful posts earlier in the thread, specifically a post by Mike provides a link to what he found to be the best antenna, but the link is broken and he did not specify the brand or model.

    What is the most effective mode-S antenna that I can purchase? I don't mind spending my money, but I want to make sure that I'm spending it on the right thing.

    Thanks in advance!
    F-KJAN3 and T-KJAN2...providing ground traffic at JAN and low level coverage around the Jackson, MS metro area

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    Others may disagree, but From the US the DPD might be a valid option for you.

    http://www.dpdproductions.com/page_vhf_air.html#adsbout

    As with here in the land of the long cloud, shipping from EU is horrendous.

    The previous one recommended by FR24 team was the SEE if I recall

    http://www.ssejim.co.uk/26-sseads1090sj.htm

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    Thanks, Oblivian. I had read in the previous thread that the DPD one might not be the best quality. I don't mind waiting for something to ship overseas, but unfortunately it appears that SEE one is no longer available.
    F-KJAN3 and T-KJAN2...providing ground traffic at JAN and low level coverage around the Jackson, MS metro area

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    I have the DPD myself, I went in with someone whos wife bought them back on carry-on so shipping was minimal. Not opened to see the consutrction but fine from the outside. I suspect they are hand made stacked colineras like from the DIY section. And as such have a manual labour premium on them.

    Range is pretty good for the limited west view based on the height and my roof/mountains being in the way. I get the odd ground traffic signal from aircraft on the deck some 14kms away without direct Line of sight, so it has its upsides too

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    Yes, the SSEJIM has been long discontinued around mid-end 2012, the time I was looking for ads-b antennas.

    Here is a website by Andy that sells 1090mhz stuff, he is one of the early pioneers in ads-b. 2 antennas are sold, the A3 and F5ANN's active PCB antenna.

    http://shop.jetvision.de/epages/6480...ubeh%C3%B6r%22

    The A3 antenna is the same as the one provided by FR24, if I am right as they are similar in length and gain. The Active PCB antenna is amplified straight from the antenna, and has a ?SAW filter that keeps the signals close to 1090mhz for reception. This antennas are made in Europe so shipping over to the States will cost extra + customs charges.

    Locally for you, the DPD would be the one I can think of. It's just on the long side, length wise. Plenty of reviews available too about it.

    In UK Nic Storey has got a Chinese manufacturer that makes a similar antenna to DPD's I think... but last I recall you need at least a few in your country to place the order to him so the manufacturer will sent it to your country. I think it is mentioned somewhere in the best antenna thread (sorry cant be asked to dig it out)

    Oh I forgot to mention, Andy did make his own antenna the LR1090 before... I think it is also similar to DPD too in gain. No longer sold as far as I know. You can email him to ask I suppose, if you really wanted to know about it.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks so much, you all have helped very much. I'm going to give the DPD a shot, and we'll see what happens.
    F-KJAN3 and T-KJAN2...providing ground traffic at JAN and low level coverage around the Jackson, MS metro area

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    I just remembered, this is the website that sells the antenna like andy's (same spec), made in Finland

    http://www.duplexers.eu/catalog/Pro/antennas/a10_1090/

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    You can find custom made antennas on Ebay sold by guy from Slovakia http://www.ebay.com/sch/stanislavpal...p2047675.l2562

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    I've just taken a leap of faith and ordered a A3 from Jetvision (plus a 5m cable and a SMA to MCX adapter pigtail)

    Am looking at about $AUD170 landed (including PayPal fees etc) considering how yukky the $AUD (aka Pacific peso) is against the euro at the mo.

    Now the waiting begins ..... :-)

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    I got around 4 different antennas lately and made tests with them all week long.

    Here are some of the results, from a balcony on the 16th floor :

    Stock antenna: I works fine when you place it over a piece of metal (12cm) and you can get many signals. I think it's great for getting started, the antenna is included.
    Record distance 200 km

    Workman K3 Scanner antenna:
    I first tried different scanner antennas reaching 1090MHz and this one worked well for the price (around 20$) and is already available in almost all electronic stores.
    Record distance 252 km

    Highwaymen Scanner antenna:
    Well known antenna. Great for scanner frequencies, but stock antenna is better for ADS-B
    Record distance 180 km

    Diapason MCX from jetvision.de:
    The best for me so far... really !
    Record distance (since 2 days) 428 km !

    I loved my Diapason antenna so much that I ordered the A3 ADS-B...

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