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Antennas and Your Helium Miner’s Location

You’re about to learn how to make more Helium tokens. Let’s dive into antennas and your Helium miners location.

Maybe you’ve already bought a helium miner. Maybe you’re still tossing up which one to get (in which case, shameless self-plug: use our code MINERSAU for a discount on miners avaliable).

There’s a few questions you might have stewing away. Do I need an antenna? Will it make my Helium tokens shoot for the moon? How do I know if this antenna works with my miner?

Relax. We’ve got you covered. Let’s get into it.

The Long and The Short Of It

First things first, it’s important to remember that the placement of your Helium miner is more important than the antenna you buy for your miner. 

Many Helium miners are quite similar to each other, and with Helium taking off they’re all suffering from a lack of supply at the moment. If you’re in Australia, the most consistent provider over the last year has been Linxdot. They have their own range of antennas that will likely give you what you need. Head here to view all available miners. (hyperlink to buy a miner page)

Factors to Consider

There are two main considerations for buying an antenna. 

These are topography and elevation.

Get these right and you’ll be well on your way to a higher earning Helium miner.

Topography

What’s around your miner? Buildings? Water? Hills?

Each of these affect your miner’s radio waves, in turn affecting what antenna you should be looking at. 

Mountains and hills around? These will block radio signals. Two miners very close to each other with a big pile of dirt between them most likely won’t witness each other.

This is where an antenna can be useful. 

Get an antenna that puts you over the earthy obstacles and your miner is open to many more connections. If other miners nearby are blocked by earth then this can be particularly valuable as yours may be their only witness option.

Buildings will let some radio waves through, but not much. A good rule of thumb is two buildings and your radio waves are done (read: try to keep your miner outside).

Water is an interesting one. Water allows radio signals to travel further than they do on land. A look at the Helium hotspot map will show miners connecting at much greater ranges across water than land.

Overall, pay attention to what’s around as it will affect where you put your miner and whether you need an antenna.

Elevation

A good way to think of elevation is in terms of topography. By going higher you’re effectively flattening the land around you. This means you can afford to use a lower dBi antenna.

Wait, what?

A lower dBi antenna basically refers to the signal power of your antenna. If you’re comparing models at the moment you’ve likely seen the different ranges, normally a number between 1 and 9. 

While 9 dBi certainly provides a stronger signal, it’s more targeted in its reach. Think laser vs lightbulb. 

Why is this relevant to elevation? Well I’m glad you asked, dear.

If your antenna is raising your miner to a very high elevation, you’re normally better off with a lower dBi antenna. This will give you a ‘lightbulb’ effect that will pick up all the miners below it. 

A high dBi antenna in this situation would instead shoot out horizontally, connecting with nothing other than migrating birds and some kid’s lost balloon. Wrong type of helium, sorry.

So, repeat after me. 

Higher elevation, lower dBi. (Probably.)

In some cases, you may want high elevation and high dBi. An example would be if you live in a flat desert with a few forests. You want your helium miner broadcasting from above the height of the trees but with enough range to reach miners hundreds of kilometres away.

If you’re in a city though and you have the opportunity for high elevation, chances are you’ll be best off with a low-medium dBi (2-6 dBi). This will get you witnessing all the miners laying in less-than-ideal positions below you.

Elevation

Where To From Here

There was a bit to unpack here. 

If nothing else, the real key to remember is that an antenna is an antenna, and the real value in your miner comes from finding the right location in the first place. An antenna can certainly help get the most bang for your buck, and when buying one it’s important to look at the dBi power in relation to your miner’s location. 

Ready to browse available antennas? 

We can get you a discount. Head here to view what’s in stock for Australia at the moment. Our code MINERSAU will get you a discount on Linxdot miners and antennas so be sure to use that once you’re ready to buy.

Disclosure: The links provided in this blog are affiliate links. Helium Miners Australia will be paid a commission if you use these links to make a purchase.


Patrick

A specialist in digital technologies and the dynamic world of online marketing, Patrick has a passion for bringing complex, leading edge technologies to the masses. He helps break down the evolving applications of blockchain technology into digestible, bite-sized pieces for the everyday Australian.

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