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Old 08-12-2007, 10:22 PM
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Default Looking for an antenna for 1090 Mhz

Have a Discone antenna that says it covers up to the 1200 Mhz band but when hooked up it doesn't seem to pick up any signal. I am running a SBS type receiver for aircraft.

Any suggestions out there? The receiver has a small magnetic antenna, but my setup is in the basement and I need to put the antenna outside. The original plan was to use the discone but it doesn't seem to work so now working on plan "B'. Found a few antennas but nothing Canadian or US.


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Old 08-12-2007, 11:26 PM
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At 1090 MHz, you're talking HUGE losses in any significant length of Coax. I wouldn't try more than 50 feet of good coax at that frequency, considering the signals aren't that strong in the first place. RG8 at minimum, and probably a better grade of it, say, Belden 9913.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:39 PM
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This might help:
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Old 08-13-2007, 9:59 PM
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Thanks for the info gentlemen!

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Old 08-15-2007, 12:51 AM
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At that freq. I'd go RG6 or better yet 1/2 inch hardline !

If you can make the majority of the run hardline, and use LMR400 for the flexible ends (antenna end and inside run), that would help.
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