Holiday antenna

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Dotty1
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Holiday antenna

Post by Dotty1 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:46 pm

Just purchased a £20 sdr dongle from ebay does the
Whole bands.
Going on holiday shortly to mallorca and need antenna ideas
The sdr comes with antenna but it's a small mag mount
Part of me says take a crocodile clip so I can mount it on metal rails/sun lounger etc
Has anyone done similar
Will be using an android phone and be nice to get weather faxes airband and ham hf stuff th
Thanks andy

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by Username » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:58 pm

So what did you want to do?
Please note in quite all European Country its highly illegal to "scan around".
If you cough with a Freq from the Authority it could mean Jail! Sound country are not that friendly...
If you get some Mil stuff... :o ...

I use that Antenna: https://www.delock.de/produkte/G_1468_Antennen.html
The are damn cheap and give good Results.
If you use a "GSM, LTE,..." Antenna for 1090 its illegal to. ;)

I can recommend this LNA: http://stores.ebay.com/gpiolabs/

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by HighSNR » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:58 am

I have never heard of anyone getting arrested in Europe for scanning.

Rules are probably different for different countries in the EU, but so long as you are not demodulating and intercepting comms where people would have an expectation of privacy, you are probably ok. The old classic was listening to old analogue cell phones or cordless phones.

It sounds like most of the signals you care about are in the HF band. You probably need an active antenna to get good results with this. Either a short active whip or loop.

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by Username » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:13 pm

I have never heard of anyone getting arrested in Europe for scanning.
Sure do you really think someone is talking about?
I often hear that the Authoroties check the Radio Equipment of Amateur and CB Radio User.
The are even present at Festivals to see, check if someone have an Radio Scanner. :lol:
Rules are probably different for different countries in the EU, but so long as you are not demodulating and intercepting comms where people would have an expectation of privacy, you are probably ok. The old classic was listening to old analogue cell phones or cordless phones.
You are not allowed to Receive analogue Commercial Radio!
You can get charged from Spying if the realy want to fuck you. Do you think the "Anti Terror Laws" helps nower days?

Well in Austria its not illegal to spy (from Austria) against other country so I could maybe legally Scan on HF and on Sat Systems and at the Border Transmission who are send from CZ, SK, HU, SI, IT, CH, LI, DE. :lol:

Dotty1
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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by Dotty1 » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:20 pm

Thanks for the replies think am just going to experiment see what happens I was thinking of one antenna doing all but having thought about it I dont think its possible so going to try at home wire dipole for airband and take some bell wire for hf still grateful for any tips

HighSNR
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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by HighSNR » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:37 pm

I can recomend my spiral antennas for covering 300MHz upward. They also seem to work fairly well from 90 to 200Mhz, but no use at all at HF.

https://www.tindie.com/products/15447/

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by Dotty1 » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:51 pm

Thanks lol looks amazing that 😊👍

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by Username » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:21 pm

I use that: https://www.tindie.com/products/hagster ... z-to-6ghz/
The problem is the are a little bit brittle.

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by HighSNR » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:34 am

Username wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:21 pm
I use that: https://www.tindie.com/products/hagster ... z-to-6ghz/
The problem is the are a little bit brittle.
The actual antenna is fairly strong and I have yet to break one, but it is possible to damage the connector, especially if attaching heavy coax. If you have had one break, then please let my know via the 'contact seller' link on Tindie(please quote the order number if possible) and I will send out a replacement.

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Re: Holiday antenna

Post by Username » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:45 am

Mine is not broken yet. I carry them around and the are not that rugged as an this Antenna for example: https://www.delock.de/produkte/1468_Ant ... kmale.html

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