Amazon.sg:Customer reviews: Bingfu Dual Band 978MHz 1090MHz 5dBi Magnetic Base SMA Male MCX Antenna (2-Pack) for Aviation Dual Band 978MHz 1090MHz ADS-B Receiver RTL SDR Software Defined Radio USB Stick Dongle Tuner Receiver
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There is nothing specific to the 978/1090 band for this antenna. It is just a normal antenna that is marketed in a way that is misleading. You can find other antennas that are specific to this band that will work better. Two star review because it does work, just is not tuned as described.
I ordered this antenna for my FlightAware usb module. With its original antenna I was getting planes that were no further out than 25 miles. With this antenna I am now getting readings from planes as far away as 90 miles! I didn't need the adapter that came with it - the end of the cable screwed right into the FlightAware module. The cable is about 9 or 10 feet long - plenty to get it out where you need it. I placed it on our metal carport roof and the magnetic base seems very stable. Very happy with my purchase!
This works. It is “tuned” to the 1090mhz band by virtue of it’s length. The coils in the mast are, for the most part, decoration.
It’s a “piece of metal in the air” so it is a “scanner antenna” and will pick up most anything. This is NOT for transmitting on any band unless you are doing less than 1 watt. And then “length matters” so just don’t do it.
The low rating is for the following- 1- the magnet inside the base is small in size, and doesn’t even seem to be a true “rare earth” which are super strong. 2-The magnet is attached only to the plastic “base” with a membrane which is only affixed with double-stick material around the perimeter of it Think of it as a magnet-double stick tapped to a piece of thin plastic-double stick taped to the base. IT WILL BLOW OFF ANOVE 45MPH or so. 3- When the base on mine fell apart, I could see the terrible quality of the connection between the antenna wire and the base. Just barely a few copper strands soldered on. And no isolation/insulation.
Here’s my gift- 5-Star Review: I am a power-user with a very specific project.
This little guy (in a 2 pack, bonus) would be great for a hobbyist in ADS-B. Magnet it to the top of a File Cabinet, or other steel surface That faces a window and it will receive quite well. (Nit your oven/stove if the microwave is right above it. There is a disc of heavy double-stick includes, and the bonus of the extra adapter included is a big plus.
So, but this item for its parts and simple hobby or backup use. Or when traveling if you’re a nerd like me and have a portable setup ;)
I was using a home-built antenna that was doing ok, but not great. Plugging this in immediately got me another 100nm of coverage along with low altitude coverage out to 30nm. Your results may vary based on the location, but at this price it is a good bargain and a good option to try. It isn't exactly weatherproof, and I expect it will only last a couple of years before it needs to be replaced.