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Old July 14th 18, 12:42 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Matt Herron Jr.
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Default flarm antenna placement

Still looking to improve my flarm range especially below. I have a Trig T22 fin antenna on the bottom of my 27. Can I somehow incorporate the receive only flarm antenna into this fin? Too close to the transponder?

RF engineers speak up!

Thanks, Matt
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Old July 14th 18, 01:15 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
JS[_5_]
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Default flarm antenna placement

On Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:42:56 PM UTC-7, Matt Herron Jr. wrote:
Still looking to improve my flarm range especially below. I have a Trig T22 fin antenna on the bottom of my 27. Can I somehow incorporate the receive only flarm antenna into this fin? Too close to the transponder?

RF engineers speak up!

Thanks, Matt


I'm not an engineer, but have dealt with enough low-powered RF around the World to suggest... Don't do it.
Is your 27 a B model? If not the FLARM and PCAS antennas can go forward of the rudder pedals on the sides of the nose. Peter Kelley published the installation for his 26 and I used that location in 27058.
Jim
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Old July 14th 18, 04:44 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
JS[_5_]
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Default flarm antenna placement

https://www.valleysoaring.net/flight-ops/power-flarm/
By Peter - sorry for the previous typo - Kelly.
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Old July 14th 18, 05:00 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Steve Koerner
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Default flarm antenna placement

On Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:42:56 PM UTC-7, Matt Herron Jr. wrote:
Still looking to improve my flarm range especially below. I have a Trig T22 fin antenna on the bottom of my 27. Can I somehow incorporate the receive only flarm antenna into this fin? Too close to the transponder?

RF engineers speak up!

Thanks, Matt


Matt -
There's no practical way to combine them. In fact, any added flarm antenna should not be placed too close to the Trig antenna.

Personally, I don't worry about the detection below that I've heard other people express concern about. All you really need is a few hundred feet of range below for practical collision avoidance. Even an antenna that you'd think of as pretty well blocked downward, will almost certainly give you sufficient functional range below.
 




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