Antenna Range


Just a quick page to show difference with supplied and home built antenna's Images taken approx. 2 mins apart.

Image Below is with the Supplied Antenna that comes with the Blister pack TV Dongle, the Antenna is Sat on a baking tray in my Conservatory.
This Antenna can pick up more aircraft than this, When at RAF Shawbury I use this Antenna and the message rate is approx. 500 in RTL1090
Correct Antenna Location can be the difference between 10 plots and 300 plots. Remember the Higher the Better.

Supplied Antenna

Image Below is with this Antenna Click Here and the TV Dongle.
This is mounted to the Conservatory Roof with Limited View to the South East

Own Build Antenna

Image Below Is with the Mode-S Beast and a BS1100 antenna on the chimney (image taken after 2 Min running)

Beast with BS1100

Image Below Is with the TV Dongle and a BS1100 antenna on the chimney (image taken after 2 Min running)

TV Dongle with BS1100

Below are some images taken with VirtualRadarServer to show various Range Plots with the New 9DB Chinese Antenna

Dongle With Loft Mounted Chinese Antenna
Gable Ends are restricting the dongles signal to the N/E S/W
Dongle With Loft Mounted Chinese Antenna

RadarCape with Loft Mounted Chinese Antenna (40 Mins running)
Gable Ends are restricting the signal to the N/E S/W
RadarCape With Loft Mounted Chinese Antenna

RadarCape with Roof Mounted BS1100 Antenna
RadarCape with Roof Mounted BS1100 Antenna

RadarCape with BS1100 Roof Mounted (Light Grey) overlaid with Dongle With Loft Mounted Chinese Antenna (Dark Grey)
Gable Ends are restricting the dongles signal to the N/E S/W
RadarCape with BS1105 Roof Mounted overlaid with  Dongle With Loft Mounted Chinese Antenna

7/11/14 @ 22:35 Below image is with the RadarCape Connected to the Chinese Antenna Roof Mounted after approx. 24hrs operation.
RadarCape with Chinese antenna after 24hrs

Chinese 9db Antenna pictured Below (yes I know the grass needs cutting)

Chinese Antenna