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Which terminal is which on the Balun One Nine?
There are 2 terminals on the Balun One Nine. To tell which is which, place your Balun flat on the table with the grey terminal connectors on the left and the SMA connector on the right. Looking at it from the top, the bottom terminal connector should be used for ground, and the top for antenna input. Make sure that you have fully depressed the button on the terminal and gently insert the wire all the way in before releasing the button. You may need to use some pressure to get the terminal to open at first.
What type of wire is best to use with the Balun One Nine?
In terms of antenna performance, the gauge of the wire will not make a difference. The most important factor will be the length of wire, which will differ depending on the signal frequency that you are trying to capture.
What are the frequency ranges for the antennas in the RaTLSnake bundle?
Helical antenna (stubby, black): designed for UHF applications and is recommended for frequencies between 1100 MHz to 1800MHz.
DVB-T/T2 antenna (stubby, black with blue bands): designed for reception of DVB-T/T2 signals around 700MHz to 1200MHz.
Telescopic antenna: the frequency capability varies depending on the set length of the antenna, but approximately 100-800 MHz.
What are the frequency ranges of the antennas that come in the NESDR SMArt/ SMArTee/ SMArt XTR/ SMArTee XTR bundles?
Telescopic antenna: frequencies vary depending on the set length.
Short black antenna: 800-2200 MHz, 3G, 5dBi
Long black antenna: 433 MHz, 3dBi
Is the ANT500 telescopic antenna compatible with your NESDR series?
Yes, it is compatible. Please note that the ANT500 was designed specifically for the HackRF One and has a female SMA connector. Depending on the NESDR model you have, you may need an adapter. Check out our selection of adapters and cables in our webstore!
I have the RaTLSnake Antenna Bundle. Do you have any adapters that can go from male SMA directly to the antennas without using the base?
No, unfortunately we do not currently stock this type of adapter, and aren't aware of anyone who does. You likely can make your own though with an M5 screw and SMA connector though, if you are into DIY!
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