Yes, the feeder ID change was the other necessary step.
With the 1090 and 978 receivers in the same physical location, it seems this situation should be considered a single “feeder site” despite two FA dongles being necessary to discriminate the frequencies separately. However, FA treated these as separate feeder “sites”, and the 978 location was relegated to the tail end of the rankings on account of how low 978 traffic is versus 1090.
When I look here: https://flightaware.com/adsb/stats/, of the top 50 users, eight of them have combined 1090 and 978 stats. I have no idea how many users are reporting 978 via 1090 and achieving this combined perspective, but on their feeder site stats page, you see this:
When looking through a list of the top 1,000 users, it seems like maybe 5% have combined 1090 and 978. Since the stats page doesn’t allow you to filter users by UAT I have no idea how this compares to the overall pool of users running a 978 feed.
Is it the case that everyone with combined 1090 and 978 is achieving this by duplicating their 1090 feeder ID on their 978 dongle? @obj previously flagged this practice as potentially causing issues (not sure what those are, maybe you can elaborate?) but so far I’ve only seen two minor glitches after making the switch. The first glitch is that my new (combined) site 111924 sometimes says this on my stats page:
…when in fact it’s 1090 and 978 like the other “Feeder Mode” picture above. Regardless of this, the actual 1090 position and aircraft counts seem to be reporting normally alongside the UAT numbers.
The second “glitch” is also on my stats page, here:
The link to the 1090 web interface is missing (it seems to come and go…yesterday they were both listed). Also, when clicking the “PiAware SkyAware978” link, it tries to navigate to the local IP of the 1090 RPi rather than the 978 RPi, so the map comes up with the message “Problem fetching data from dump978.” I can still view the dump978 map by manually navigating to the IP of the 978 RPI.
Incidentally, I’m running the 1090 and 978 FA dongles on separate RPi’s.
Overall, the desire to have combined 1090 and 978 is part vanity (wanting the stats to be aggregated for purposes of ranking - though the 978 contribution is admittedly negligible), and part tidiness when looking at my personal stats and seeing 1090 and 978 results in one perspective, rather than separate stats pages. Also, we call these “Site XXXXXX”…It seems that a “site” identity should be based solely on physical location of equipment. Especially when the 1090 and 978 antennas are 12 inches apart!
If it’s the case that the only way to achieve combined stats is to duplicate feeder ID’s, and if this causes “problems” as mentioned by @obj, then I wonder why FA has stats pages configured to give combined results like this: