3 dBi N-Male ALFA AOA-8696-3ACM Fiberglass Outdoor Antenna & Bracket Mount for USA/EU 868~960 MHz RAK, Bobcat, SenseCAP
ALFA AOA-8696-3ACM is outdoor fiberglass encased omni-directional 868~960 MHz antenna with 3 dBi gain, manufactured in Taiwan by ALFA Network. The product is TAA compliant, an important checkbox for government LoRa purchases. Also included is an outdoor bracket designed for mounting to a pole or PVC pipe. This antenna measures 23.6 inches and is compatible with all Helium Hotspot miners in this frequency band.
This antenna is compatible with the RAK V2, Bobcat 300, Nebra Indoor, SenseCAP M1, Kerlink, Linxdot, SyncroB.it, Helium Hotspot, Kerlink, FreedomFi & LongAP, (915 MHz USA and Australia versions + Europe 868 MHz also) but requires an RP-SMA male to N-female coaxial cable to fit, and we carry compatible coaxial cables. This has the same gain as the Bobcat factory antenna and would be a better choice for RAK or Nebra owners.
We do recommend RokTape to seal all outdoor connection points.
Part/Model #: AOA-8696-3ACM Fiberglass Outdoor Antenna
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Manufacturer : Alfa Network Inc.
Frequency: 868 MHz ~ 960 MHz
Gain: 3 dBi
VSWR: ≤ 2.0
Impedance: 50 Ω
Radiation: Omni Direction
Maximum Input Power: 50 W
Lightning Protection: DC Grounded
Antenna Material: Fiberglass
Mount Style: Pole
Diameter of Installation Pole: Ø 30 ~ Ø 50 mm (brackets 2.25 inches wide)
Antenna Dimension: 600 mm x Ø 20 mm
Weight: 200 g
Operating Temperature: -40 ℃ to +80 ℃
Rated Wind Velocity: 60 m/s
See full spec sheet here
Be cautious of gain inflation- some places arbitrarily inflate antenna gain numbers to appear better than competing products. Because gain cannot be easily measured by the end-users, we have seen similar antennas marketed as numbers like 18 dBi to 30 dBi that are not even 20 inches tall. Rokland has been making antennas for over 14 years for WiFi, 4G, and other applications. Our 915 MHz antennas are listed with actual specifications. You also do not want extremely high gain as your path will be very narrow and miss other hotspots.
Antennas with a focused spectrum will have better performance on that band segment vs antennas with a very wide spectrum. We would not recommend using antennas that are also WiFi 2.4 GHz compatible with your mining equipment. This antenna has a frequency range of just 868-960 MHz to give you improved performance.
Need a low loss shielded cable?
This requires an RP-SMA male to N-female coaxial cable to fit your miner, and we carry compatible coaxial cables.
Use with your Helium miner to help increase your coverage area. This antenna can be used outdoors and is weather and dust-proof.
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State sales tax of 7.5% will be added to FLORIDA purchases only. There is no sales tax for any other state.
Return Policy: This item is a final sale item. Final sale items may not be returned except in cases of defect. Expedited shipping charges paid are non-refundable.
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The antenna looks good, well finished, and seems like it will last for a long while.
My VNA return loss curve showed a peak at around the 800 Mhz mark, but then a very wide bandwidth all the way up to 1 GHz, which included the 868 Mhz and 915 Mhz regions. I measured -20 dB return loss and ~40 Ohm impedance at 920Mhz... so its decently tuned.
As stated in the title, once we went to put it up, we realized the hardware was kinda crap, as it seems to be missing some clamps?, or something?, b/c you only get two U bolts and 2 plates, and nothing else... most antennas I've installed have additional hardware to clamp the antenna to the mast clamp, or something else to clamp the antenna as well... At any rate, I reused another antenna mounting hardware, so be prepared to deal with this.
Observed performance was very good. It replaced an "Amazon Special 5.8 dBi "dummy load" crapo" (of the same size) and in some instances the RSSI difference was measured to be over 30 dBm better!!, so I suspect that this antenna's vertical radiation pattern is far superior to most of these elcrapo Amazon specials out there.
So, all in all, happy with my purchase.
From box to outdoors!