As a beginner aviator, I tried making my own ADS-B antenna, but the results weren’t exactly what I would call stellar. The antenna only had a short range and it was more trouble than it was worth to build the whole thing. The only advantage that came from it was that it wasn’t as expensive as some of the models that are pre built. I went back to the drawing board and looked for a better solution that would give me the range I needed for an affordable price. I did some searching and found an antenna online for a pretty reasonable price.
Installation of the new antenna was simple, even more so than building one from scratch. Having to find the parts for the other antenna on a budget just made things even more complicated, because there were other people who were looking for the same cheap items as I was to build their own antennas. It seems like after a particular set of videos hit the Internet about how to build your own, people have been coming out of the woodwork to get the parts to start their own builds. It’s expected, but that didn’t make it any less annoying when I was building my own.
Given the significant improvement in range over the old antenna, I did some tests to see how far I could max it out, and the results were shockingly great. For other people who want to have a good coverage area for an affordable price, I been recommending that they try the antenna. Other people on various aviation message boards have come out and praised the antenna after their positive experiences with it and their own planes. I think as more people catch on to it, it may be harder to find, just like the parts.