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  Reply # 1758078 7-Apr-2017 12:22
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 Placing it outside makes a big difference, I am currently using the indoor antenna outside (with a thin plastic cover against the rain)... still using the hotdog can and I've gained another 40km versus indoors. This is how I got my 167km record with the standard antenna. I'll keep using this until my big antenna arrives and I can mount everything outdoors :)

 

 





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  Reply # 1760194 10-Apr-2017 13:26
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How are you running power to it?





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  Reply # 1760256 10-Apr-2017 14:43
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We've got 3 outdoor sockets around the house, all of them are under shelter so the plug/socket is safe from rain. I've used a thick cable from Bunnings and as you can see the entry into the ABS enclosure is so tight no moisture can get in it. I will tape it up when it goes outside permanently as an extra precaution.

 

 





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  Reply # 1760366 10-Apr-2017 17:39
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I have an outdoor socket that is the other side of the yard! 

 

I was looking into a solar panel\battery installation and going all out with it! 

 

I've got a rPi zeroW that would work wonders in a waterpoof case with a solar panel and battery. The TV aerial on the roof currently is a perfect mounting point, which will get me above all the other houses and then a i see the horizon.

 

 





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  Reply # 1760367 10-Apr-2017 17:46
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Well solar would work, as the Pi Zero really doesn't consume much current. However the problem with solar is that the current is not constant, so you will need a somewhat complex (and expensive) battery backup system to keep the flow steady.





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  Reply # 1760384 10-Apr-2017 18:52
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Really need a 2.5A supply for a stable USB stick. Devices are low, but the sticks load up the ports


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  Reply # 1763372 12-Apr-2017 19:37
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I've been using a Raspberry Pi model B with an ebay DVB dongle for the last few years. Have this small antenna https://shop.jetvision.de/Diapason-MCX-Antenna-for-ADS-B-USB-Dongle

 

Get around 200 km range which I'm pretty happy with, the antenna is about 4.5 m high overall and I'm not on any kind of hill. Thinking of getting the flightaware prostick plus some day.

 

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  Reply # 1763480 12-Apr-2017 22:04
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Did a bit of hack with my output/flags keeping them closer to real op names :P

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1781576 13-May-2017 11:31
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Well my maximum range I have observed is now 292km. Larger range is on the plots I have but I didn't witness them.

 

I'm really impressed with the antenna purchase.

 

The fog we have already had this year is providing good "entertainment" with the number of missed approaches and holding patterns.


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  Reply # 1781624 13-May-2017 13:20
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This person;

 

http://www.observatory.org.nz/

 

used to operate a Flightradar24 receiver on Benmore Peak near Omarama.

 

He got very good range. Unfortunately the gear was zapped by lightning and it has not been replaced.

 

 





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