Few months ago I started looking at various omni-directional antennas for satellite use and came across the TA-1 Turnstile antenna from Wimo. It caught my attention because:
- It looks different
- Promises 4 dB gain at low elevations
- The price 80€ seems reasonable (compare it to e.g. the quad-helix just below it)
I finally had a chance to test the antenna few weeks ago. I took it with me to my parents’ farm which has even less noise than my place. This way I could focus on testing the antenna rather than fighting noise
The results are amazing. It really does receive well at low elevations. In most cases I could receive NOAA APT signals already at -1 degree elevation, thanks to atmospheric refraction.
I am including a few photos and screenshots below. Please see this collection on Flickr for more photos and screenshots.
Edit: There is now an article on my website with more details: