The previous repair lasted for almost 9 month. Today the Power over Ethernet (PoE) hat from pi-supply.com that is powering my ADSB receiver died again when a thunderstorm was passing overhead. Like last time, no direct lightning but according to weather monitoring we got several >150kA flashes within 3km distance. As a result, again, the DC-DC converter Silvertel AG9805-M on PoE ceased to work. This time no short on the inputs, but no output voltage. Even having some more spares add hand I decided to replace this converter by a TDK CCG15-48-05S. This one has a higher input voltage tolerance, up to 75V and hopefully a better surge protection. Let’s see how long this last.
Have recorded a new range peak in dump1090 running the Mode-S Beast together with a G7RQG antenna – 488km.
Finally got my spare parts for the Raspberry Pi PoE hat and put the ADSB receiver back online. It took DHL Express almost 6 days for the customs clearance, was the last time I used this carrier. UPS is way more efficient on that.
I used the outage for an upgrade to the Mode-S Beast receiver. The performance of the neat little thing is astonishing! Compared to RTL-SDR dongle the ADSB message rate is 3 times higher, I see 40-50 more aircrafts, tracks per hour increased by 300-400, range increased by around 70km and CPU usage is down to 2-3%. That´s with the G7RQG antenna, connected by a short coax cable (<1m).
My dump1090-fa fork now supports the Mode-S Beast directly via USB. See Github for details.
Today, a thunderstorm passing overhead just killed, or better grilled, my ADSB receiver. There was no direct lightning strike but for some reason the DC-DC converter on the PoE hat stopped working and shows a short on the 48V input. The Raspberry Pi and everything else on the 5V side is working just fine. The PoE hat is powered by a 48V switching supply off the 220V mains. That is also still working fine, probably because of its output short circuit protection.
On the PoE hat the DC-DC converter is a Silvertel AG9805-M, ordered some new from http://www.semiconductorstore.com. $8/piece is a good deal compared to the price for the PoE hat or replacement converters supplied by other manufacturers.
I will stock some spares just in case that happens again. But then I need to investigate why that thing breaks.
Today I tried my G7RGQ antenna together with a NooElec NESDR Smart stick connected to the ADSB Raspberry Pi. I put the antenna and the stick on the roof and had it running for a while. To my surprise the performance was not as expected. I needed the same a gain setting to archive results comparable to my QFH antenna with 6m coax to the receiver. Again, I removed 6m of coax, around 6dB attenuation, but results were ain´t better. Took everything down again and disassembled the setup for testing.