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Antenna & other accessories Page

A.T.A. ADS-B & AIS ACCESSORIES  range includes external aerials, amplifiers, cables & mounts, etc at competitive prices!
The better the antenna system, the better the range.
For
all Kinetic SBS & Puck models, Wegmatt dAISy, Digital Yacht, PlaneGadget-radar, MarineGadget-radar & AirNav RadarBox ADS-B, AIS & VHF receivers.
For prices, see Prices & ordering page
For all external antenna connections, it is extremely important to ensure these are weatherproof - use self-amalgamating tape - see Prices & ordering page. (Vinyl insulating tape is inadequate - any moisture or corrosion in connections has a dramatic effect on reception & range.)
To maximise range of ADS-B receiver:
1) Reception at ADS-B frequency of 1090MHz is fundamentally line of sight.
2)
Height of antenna is a major factor to maximise signal (= range), & reduce effect of obstructions such as buildings, hills, curvature of earth.
3) In-line amplifiers are most effective when adjacent to antenna, to amplify signal while at its strongest with least noise.
4
) Keep antenna co-ax cable length to a minimum due to significant signal loss per metre. [Trivia: The signal loss along 10 metre RG58 cable at VHF frequencies about 127-162MHz (aircraft airband radio or marine AIS frequencies) is about 2dB whereas the loss at aircraft ADS-B frequency of 1090MHz is about 7dB.]
5
) Performance of magnetic base antenna improved by use of a suitable earthed metallic 'ground plane' base.
6) See comparative ADS-B antenna performance chart at bottom of this page.


3dB ADS-B / 1090 MHz / mode-S Antenna - MD1103a
    Includes 1 metre RG174 co-ax with BNC-m plug
    30mm magnetic base, 155mm high for easy installation
    Centre frequency 1090MHz
    A small accessory antenna for portable use or with extension cable, with or without amplifier 
    Can use on mounting bracket/plate, or steel surface, as external mount antenna

5dB ADS-B / 1090 MHz / mode-S Antenna
- MD1105a
    Includes 1 metre RG58 co-ax with BNC-m plug
    Strong 77mm magnetic base, 300mm high overall. Easy secure mounting for fixed or mobile applications
    Centre frequency 1090MHz
    A more powerful, cost effective accessory antenna for portable use or with extension cable, with or without amplifier 
    Can use on mounting bracket/plate, or steel surface, as external mount antenna, or can use with SEC2 cable for mobile use

7dB ADS-B / 1090 MHz / mode-S Antenna - MD1107a
    Includes 1 metre RG58 co-ax with BNC-m plug
    Strong 77mm magnetic base. 473mm high overall. Easy secure mounting for fixed or mobile applications
    Centre frequency 1090MHz
    An even more powerful, cost effective accessory antenna for portable use or with extension cable, with or without amplifier 
    Can use on mounting bracket/plate, or steel surface, as external mount antenna, or can use with SEC2 cable for mobile use

AIS marine / VHF Radio /ACARS Antenna - MB-vhf5sma
 
    Includes 5 metre co-ax cable with SMA plug.  
    Strong 77mm magnetic base for easy installation (mobile or fixed). Approx 466mm overall height.     

    Frequency range 47-230MHz
    A higher performance accessory radio antenna for use with the radio & AIS facility of the Kinetic SBS-3, or with other radio or AIS Marine receivers.
    Can use as mobile, or on a fixed steel mounting bracket plate or other steel surface, suction cup mounting bracket, as an internal or external antenna
    Will require a BNC-male/SMA-female adapter to use with Digital Yacht or dAISy AIS receivers - see Prices & ordering page.



For harsh external environments see below.

AIS marine / VHF stainless steel boat Antenna - MBSS-vhf5bnc  
    Includes 5 metre co-ax cable with BNC plug.  
    Very strong 90mm magnetic base. Approx 466mm overall height.     

    Frequency reception tuned peak at 161 MHz
    A high performance A.I.S. antenna for harsh environments .
    Can use as mobile, or on a fixed steel mounting bracket plate or other steel surface
    Has BNC-male plug to use with Digital Yacht, dAISy or other AIS receivers - see Prices & ordering page.

ADS-B, 1090 MHz, stainless steel Antenna - MBSS-1090-5bnc  
    Includes 5 metre co-ax cable with BNC plug.  
    Very strong 90mm magnetic base. Approx 395 mm overall height.     

    Frequency reception tuned peak at 1090 MHz for aircraft tracking receivers
    A high performance ADS-B antenna for harsh environments .
    Can use as mobile, or on a fixed steel mounting bracket plate or other steel surface
    Has BNC-male plug. Can also supply adapters to SMA (eg for Kinetic SBS-3)or MCX (eg for GNS5890) to suit various other ADS-B receivers - see Prices & ordering page.

Whip Antenna VHF/AIS marine - WA.vhf.bnc
 
See picture below
    Only 110 mm long with BNC plug.     
    VHF Frequency range centred for AIS use
    Compact  antenna - plugs straight on to AIS100-USB or Wegmatt dAISy AIS receiver
    No other connector/plug adapter needed
    Ideal to make the most compact, portable, total AIS short range receiver/navigation system to plug straight in to your computer



Wire Antenna
VHF/AIS marine - WA.vhf.sma
 
See picture below
    Only 460 mm long with SMA plug.     
    VHF Frequency range but centred at 161 MHz for ideal AIS use.
    Compact flexible antenna

    Will require a BNC-male/SMA-female adapter to use with Digital Yacht AIS receivers - see Prices & ordering page.



Wire Antenna ADS-B aircraft - WA.1090.sma 
Like picture above
    Only 340 mm long with SMA plug.     
    ADS-B tuned Frequency centred at 1090 MHz for ideal ADS-B aircraft tracking use.
    Can use as a very compact, flexible, portable ADS-B antenna for Kinetic SBS-3 or Puck, say, to give a range of up to about 50 Km range.
    See Prices & ordering page.

Standard Co-ax Antenna Extension Cable
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SEC6 or SEC12
    RG58 cable, 50 ohm, antenna extension co-ax cable accessory
    Has BNC plug at each end
    Comes in 6 metre (SEC6) or 12 metre (SEC12)

Standard Co-ax Antenna Extension Cable - SEC2
   
Mobile applications requiring a superior antenna (eg MD1105a or MD1107a) connecting with a total of 3 metre cable.
    RG58 cable, 50 ohm, 2 metre antenna extension co-ax cable
    Has BNC socket at one end and SMA plug on other end

Self Amalgamating Tape - SAtape
   
The modern product technology for weatherproofing external connections.

Co-ax connector adaptors -
e.g. BNC, SMA, MCX, N-type, F-type, PAL, etc
    A variety of different co-ax connectors for easy connection from one type of connector to another.
    e.g. for connection to DVB-T receivers, other antenna systems.

See
Prices & Ordering page


Accessory Antenna Performance Kits - AAPK6, AAPK12, AAPK6P, &  AAPK12P
    The most popular combination of antenna accessories for increased performance at a very competitive price
    Standard performance kits (AAPK6 or AAPK12) include 5dB antenna (MD1105a) better than standard 3dB antenna provided with SBS-3 or 1090Puck receivers, In-line amplifier kit (ILAK), either 6 metre co-ax fitted cable(SEC6) or 12 metre co-ax fitted cable (SEC12)
    Premium performance kits (AAPK6P or AAPK12P) include premium 7dB antenna (MD1107a), In-line amplifier kit (ILAK), either 6 metre co-ax fitted cable(SEC6) or 12 metre co-ax fitted cable (SEC12)
    All that's needed to 'plug and play' with simple instructions
    Can use for Kinetic SBS models, PlaneGadget PGR-1 or PGR-2, AirNav RadarBox or R820T.  (Older Kinetic SBS-1 will need SMA/BNC adapter or fly lead - ask us). Smartphones or DVB-T will also need an adapter to suit - check with us.

Ethernet/Internet connection kit - E/I kit
   Includes 240 volt Australian plug (CE EMC RoHS certified) 2.1 amp USB power supply
   
Includes 1.2 metre ethernet patch cable
  
For Kinetic SBS-3 when using direct internet/ethernet connection


USB 2.1 amp AC mains Power Supply adapter - USB-2A-ACp/s
    240 volt Australian plug (CE EMC RoHS certified)
    Needed for Kinetic SBS-3 internet/ethernet power supply

Antenna Inline Masthead Amplifier kit -
ILAK
The most cost effective, easy solution to maximise ADS-B surveillance range is with a masthead amplifier system.
A masthead amplifier close to the antenna boosts the weak ADS-B signal received by the antenna, before the ingress of much noise from the connecting cable. This will more than offset the significant signal losses of an antenna extension cable, so that reception range can be increased dramatically.
DC power for amplifier is fed from the power injector at the bottom end of the antenna extension cable, via the co-ax extension cable itself to the amplifier at the top end of the extension cable. No separate power cable required. Amplifier power supply to be kept in a cool environment
Antenna connection to amplifier with DC blocker fitted can be either BNC plug or F-type plug. For different types of antenna plugs, eg N-type, MCX - see our comprehensive range of co-ax adapters on our Prices & Ordering  page.
Kit does NOT include extension cable . Connections supplied can take either F-type or BNC plugs on extension cable. Various stock extension cables are available from us - see Prices & Ordering  page.
DC blocker connects from amplifier to antenna cable, using a BNC-female/f type-male adapter, supplied. (This is to prevent the antenna element from being at 12 volt DC active and destroying the power supply if antenna element accidentally comes in contact with earth.)
A suggested option would be to retain the supplied antenna for portable use, and obtain a separate higher gain accessory antenna for a permanent, fixed or external installation.
Amplifier kit, ILAK, includes amplifier, power injector with 240 volt power supply (Australian plug configuration), DC blocker, 90cm self amalgamating sealing tape & all necessary connectors. Fly/patch lead from power injector to ADS-B receiver has an SMA-male plug to connect to receiver. For other types of ADS-B receivers with different type antenna sockets, an adapter to SMA may be required at extra cost. For example, GNS5890 requires SMA/MCX adapter . Does not include co-ax extension cable or antenna.
(For early model receivers with a BNC antenna connection, a BNC-m/BNC-m fly/patch lead can be substituted at no extra cost, on request prior to ordering.)
 If your receiver has any other type of antenna connector/socket, let us know, as we have a number of different types of connector adaptors we can supply to you at a very reasonable cost.
Amplifier specification: The 18dB amplifier is a fully screened remote powered device which will work in a voltage range of 11-20V DC.  Maximum output of 105dBμV at 35dB IMR.   950 - 2050Mhz.   50 Ohm. Working temperature range -20oC to +55oC.   Passes both DC and 22KHz.

Diagram below shows connection set up of Inline Amplifier kit.      Picture on right shows Antenna Accessory Performance Pack including 7dB antenna.

   


External Antenna Mounting Bracket Kit - EAMBK
    Easy fixed mounting for magnetic base antenna
    Does not include upright pole or antenna
    Includes U-bolt to mount to pipe (eg TV antenna mount pole) up to 27.5mm diameter 
    Can be screwed to vertical or horizontal surface
    Dimensions (based on wave) to optimise ground plane effect for antenna when earthed.                              
Shows accessory magnetic base antenna  (MD1105a) on external antenna mounting bracket kit (EAMBK), mounted on post as external antenna.


Antenna Suction Cup Mounting Bracket  - ASCM-1
    Very strong, lever actuated suction cup. Easily removed.
    Attaches to window, or smooth surface such as fibreglass on boat, etc
    No need for screws, drilling holes or steel surface
    Can mount vertically, horizontally or any other angle 
    Adjustable fitting
    Takes magnetic base antenna


GPS USB Dongle
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GPSUSB-1
    Provides location data when no internet connection available
    Allows AIS receiver (MGR-1 or SBS-3) to set your location, to show location of other vessels around.
    Provides required NMEA data as required for AIS
    GPSUSB-1 kit includes GPS USB dongle, flexible USB/USB cable and software CD. Does not include mapping software.


Comparative ADS-B Antenna Performance
The results of our tests shown below were taken over a period of time and averaged to give an indication of relative performances of different antenna configurations.
The site used was ideal, at an elevated location (East of Brisbane) and close to the visible ocean.
Better performance figures at other locations are unlikely to be achieved.
The magnetic base antenna (with 3dB whip) used was that supplied with the basic SBS kit, mounted on an earthed steel surface.   (
MD1105a, 5dB or MD1107a, 7dB antenna are recommended to improve range .)

  Antenna Antenna position Accessory Components Range - Nautical Miles
1 Magnetic base with 3dB whip Near SBS none 100
2 Magnetic base with 3dB whip About 3 metre above SBS 12m RG58 extension cable (SEC12) 80
3 Magnetic base with 3dB whip, with in-line amplifier Near SBS In-line amplifier kit (ILAK) 128
4 Magnetic base with 3dB whip, on ground plane with in-line amplifier About 3+ metre above SBS (say in ceiling space) 12m RG58 cable with 1m RG58 fly lead (SEC12) + in-line amplifier (ILAK) at antenna 181
5 Magnetic base with 3dB whip, on ground plane External, about 8 metre above SBS 12m RG58 cable (SEC12) 140
6 Magnetic base with 3dB whip, on ground plane External, about 8 metre above SBS 15m low-loss/RG213 cable 145
7 Magnetic base with 3dB whip, on ground plane with in-line amplifier External, about 8 metre above SBS 12m RG58 cable (SEC12) + in-line amplifier (ILAK) at mast head 200

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