A Crude Skew Planar Wheel Antenna for Receiving GPS L1 with an RTL-SDR

Over on his blog /dev/thrash RTL-SDR experimenter Elia has been attempting to build an antenna to receive Global Positioning System (GPS) signals with his RTL-SDR. After doing some research he decided to build a Skew Planer Wheel antenna which he tuned for the GPS L1 frequency at 1575.42 MHz. A Skew Planar Wheel antenna is circularly polarized omnidirectional antenna which can be built out of wire. It is well suited to receiving signals from low earth orbiting (LEO) satellites such as the GPS satellites.

Elia later tested his antenna with a commercial GPS receiver circuit and was able to obtain a GPS fix.

Skew Planar Wheel Antenna on the RTL-SDR for receiving GPS.
Skew Planar Wheel Antenna on the RTL-SDR for receiving GPS.

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