I have a neighbor, about 2 miles away (rural area), that also sends data to Flightaware. For the last 2 years, I’ve always collected more planes & positions than the neighbor’s site. Recently I noticed that his sight/username was gone, but a new site and username shows in the same location. This new site started out (last month) with about the same stats as the previous site/username. Then, after about a week of operation, this “new” site/username jumped from just under 1,000 aircraft (total) per day to around 2,000+. His positions went from 50,000 to almost 300,000. This jump occurred in 1 day.
Is there a way for users to see if other users are aggregating data? I like the challenge of trying to tweak my system to have higher stats than other users near me, but I’m not really interested in aggregating my data because it seems like gaming the system (I know that the FA staff doesn’t see it that way). I drive by this other site, every day on my way to work, and don’t see any antenna/tower. This location sits in a slight depression vs the surrounding land. My house has a slightly higher elevation, and my antenna (FA stick) is mounted above my 2nd story roofline. It seems that my location should be better, but I haven’t checked it against heywhatsthat.com to verify. He may very well have a better setup, but it just seemed odd to jump so drastically and after changing usernames. I’m running my normal site and recently restored my testing site to see if I can tweak one or the other enough to get near the results he’s getting.
I’m running a Pi4 (2gb) and a Pi3b. I have a FA stick feeding one and a Radarbox stick feeding the other. I’m using FA orange & blue dongles and also have a few other brands. Have the older FA filter and an uputronics preamp/filter on hand as well. FWIW, the uputronics preamp/saw filter hasn’t helped with and combination of my dongles/antennas I’ve tried yet.
Here’s the site graphs/stats