DIY GPS Antenna

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lnies
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DIY GPS Antenna

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Hi everybody,

Guided by our ham radio friends, we looked into building homemade GPS antennas. I would like to collect different user experiences in this thread here. Starting with the theoretical calculation, each arm of the dipole antenna should be one-quarter of the carrier frequency's wavelength. For a frequency of about 1.5 GHz, this boils down to about λ/4=19/4=4.25cm per antenna arm. The simplest way to build it is to use the conductor and the woven shield of a coaxial cable bent opposite. Taped to a window, about 20 satellites can be received at all times, while the signal is good enough for a couple of satellites to be used. Horizontal and vertical precision is about 4m. Time resolution compared with out-of-the-box antennas with our detectors will be evaluated shortly.
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Time resolution for two stacked, independent detectors where one detector is equipped with a standard GPS antenna and the other is supplied with the DIY antenna.
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