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FlightAware 1090 MHz ADS-B Antenna - 66 cm / 26 in
- Indoor/Outdoor (waterproof) 1090 MHz antenna
- 5.5 dBi gain
- N Type Termination
- 2.5 cm to 4 cm diameter mounting bracket included
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High performance, omnidirectional antenna for receiving 1090 MHz Mode S and ADS-B data from aircraft. The antenna can be used outdoors, mounted on a mast that is 2.5 cm to 4 cm in diameter, or installed indoors against a window. When properly installed without obstructions, the antenna can receive ADS-B data from aircraft up to 250 mi / 400 km away. Mounting bracket and U-bolts included. Compatible with all ADS-B receivers including FlightFeeder, PiAware, Mode S Beast, Radarcape, Kinetic SBS1/SBS3, RTL Dongles, and more.
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UPDATE: Receiving aircraft from over 200 miles away with the FlightAware Pro Plus (Blue) dongle! I used a Times Microwave LMR400 cable. I'm pleased with this antenna. Now I need a new project.
FURTHER UPDATE: I did end up also adding the FlightAware bandpass filter, figuring it was so inexpensive and I’ve already invested quite a bit. While adding the filter didn’t increase the range that the antenna is “hearing”, it did improve the quality of the signals and as such tracking is more “fluid” with the filter. I’m now experimenting with an LNA module, despite the blue dongle’s built-in LNA circuitry.
The outer shell of the antenna is a dark green, rigid plastic topped with a small, black plastic cap. It is not flexible at all.
The mounting hardware that comes with the antenna works well, mounts the antenna firmly to the mast, and is easy to install.
The N connector on the antenna is moisture-resistant but its resistance to weather can be significantly improved by applying silicone grease to the threads, gasket, and connecting surfaces of the connectors, and then wrapping the connection with self-amalgamating tape.
RigExpert scan shows good return loss pretty much right where it's supposed to be. This performs better than my Comet DS150 in this band. Absolutely no performance whatsoever at 978MHz, so anyone wanting to try an use this for UAT as well as ES shouldn't expect to see very much. (This was not advertised as a feature and I didn't expect it - it just would have been nice to have!)
After installing this antenna with an LM400 coax to the RPi3, I immediately got about an 80 - 90% improvement in the number of messages and a jump from about 100 - 150miile range to over 200 miles in all quadrants.
TIP: Pay close attention to the connectors on the antenna and your extension cabling and order the appropriate connectors, otherwise additional delays. I luckily had a box full of odd connectors and had some N type male/female connectors that worked.
While other antennas may work just as well cut the same wavelength, this for under 50 bucks, is a steal because it includes the mount bracket.
I used an N to F type conversion to SAT TV style coax. RG6.
Wrap it with COAX SEAL to prevent water getting into the connectors. COAX seal is available on Amazon, and local ALTEX style electronics stores.
The construction is superb; the fit and finish are top notch.