Now you know why I said the question was ‘huge’. Enough popcorn for me.
As already mentioned, you’ll learn a lot along the way. Excellent info has already been provided. My ‘input’ will not be the best, but I think is what it’s called for for the moment.
My number one suggestion at this point is:
- Replace the Spider with an FA antenna;
This change alone should increase the number of planes seen.
My number two suggestion is:
- Replace the orange stick with the FA Pro+.
This can increase performance a bit more, specially if a non brick-wall filter is enough to deal with mild interference, if an issue.
Make sure the coaxial cable used is good, make sure there is no water ingress in the cable.
Nine out of ten people will see most/all they can see with the above hardware. As your interest for the hobby increases, you may throw more money into it, but the ‘law of diminishing returns’ starts to kick in.