Showing posts from August, 2020

FlightAware Aircraft Tracking on 1090 Mhz - Improving the range

 The FlightAware setup that I received from my good friend Pat W1DUK recently has been performing really well with the "Cantenna" 1/4 wave vertical antenna for 1090MHz. The set up comprises of a raspberry Pi with a FlightAware SD card and a FlightAware SDR USB Dongle, into a 1090 Mhz Antenna. Today I was up early and with a freshly fabricated bracket I managed to clip the Cantenna up high in the sky on the top of the mast. The reception footprint has now become up to 200 miles and possibly further with a greatly improved omni-directional pattern. I am in the first couple of hours of testing and have seen the number of aircraft increasing from an average of 10 to 20 + aircraft at once being tracked. A great success so far! A screen capture taken with my first go using the "Cantenna" 1/4 wave vertical mounted in the top window inside the house A screen capture of much improved activity and reception range taken with the "Cantenna" 1/4 wave vertical mounted o

Catching Up With Ham Radio Activity - M0YKS

  Well guys I have had a busy few months playing radio and staying safe at the same time! I am back at work now and decided to post a few of the videos that I recently created! I hope everyone is safe and healthy and if you haven't seen these yet enjoy! Operating a Yaesu FT-847 on the Satellite bands using VHF and SSB. A quick DX catch up with Kurt in Trinidad. Beautiful signal as always! Upgrade made to the Diamond F-23 high gain 2M band mono band vertical antenna On my way back from Burnley in Lancashire over the hill tops!                                                              IOTA 2020 Warm Up                                                 A quick pass from a couple of FM Satellites M0YKS mobile ham radio FT-857 DX Machine Out and about in the DX Machine with the family. We visited some great local countryside and played radio in between. Total distance travelled was 80 miles round trip.                                             Ham Radio Communication  - RS0ISS - M0YK