abcd567…I hear where your coming from!
When I investigated SBS-1 years ago and similar stuff since, I had envisaged having my own setup using ‘supplied’ equipment to track aircraft, however, my site is not perfect, so the hope of receiving any equipment for ‘free’ became just a thought.
Placed between two Mil and two Civ airports, makes no difference if I cant see all 360° of my horizon, so I gave up ?
Although there are several very good Apps available to plot and track aircraft, some just cant see the low level stuff around my two Mil airports, so I thought I’d have a go this year to see if me alone could track low level and circuits, but to no avail, hill screening knocks that on the head, even got to the stage whereby I though the Mil stuff were not using any ADSB, such was the lack of signals / data.
However I started to re-kindle the idea that I should get something?
Now, a black welcome screen, a 32mb micro sd and my Pi4 now seemed excessive if I cant use the Pi4 for anything else, or pick up the local stuff, so back to Planefinder/ADSexchange and the like seemed like the way to go, just using the Pi4 & PiAware - FlightAware on a needs basis.
But now I have the Pi4 working as expected, as a desktop, with the PiAware running in the background, it seems that i do have the setup I had intended from the start,.
However, still not sure I want to run the Pi4 or any other system 24/7/365, but hey, I run a fridge-freezer?
I know if the equipment was on loan, it would be expected.
I’m not sure my limited data would be truly missed if/when the Pi had some downtime.