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Offline Anmer

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Spring Raffle 2016
« on: April 04, 2016, 09:52:48 AM »
The Radarspotting Spring Raffle 2016



We have five sets of FlightAware Pro Sticks and 1090 MHz SMA Filters as prizes in the Radarspotting Spring Raffle.

The Pro Stick has a built-in amplifier making it a highly efficient ADS-B/UAT receiver.  Consequently it has sold out almost everywhere, just days after it was launched.

So if you would like to be the proud owner of a Pro Stick when all around you can only wait, just enter our FREE Raffle and you may be a lucky winner.

The Raffle is open to all Radarspotting members who have at least one previous post.  So if you're an existing member, make a post to introduce yourself before the Raffle opens on Sunday 10th April 2016

To enter, post a reply here stating three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware and one suggestion to make it even better.

That's all.  Forum Rules apply and any offensive or unsuitable posts will be removed and the member disqualified from the Raffle.

The Raffle will end at 24:00 UTC (or 23:59 for those who like precise timing  :) ) on Saturday 30th April and five members will be drawn from a hat.  One entry per member and my decision is final.

Good Luck.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2016, 06:51:12 PM by Anmer »
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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2016, 11:27:00 AM »
To enter the Raffle you must have made at least one previous post.  This post doesn't have to be an Introduction, it can be on any valid topic.

Valid entries must include three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware and one suggestion to make it even better.

By all means include more reasons and suggestions.

But entries with less than three reasons and without a suggestion will be declared invalid.
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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2016, 08:02:56 AM »
Post you Raffle entries in this thread.
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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2016, 09:09:21 AM »
Mike, thanks for organising this Raffle.

I can't believe I'm first to post, but anyways.....

Three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware
1. MLAT capability
2. Easy set up of the software and account
3. Worldwide coverage

One suggestion to make it even better
1. Make MLAT enabling an opt-out rather than an opt-in option

Stephen

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2016, 03:16:19 PM »
To enter, post a reply here stating three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware and one suggestion to make it even better.

1. It's a hobby, something to do
2. Gives you a sense of contributing to the greater good
3. It's interesting to see what flies by that you never knew about

1. It's getting better all the time, but make things easier to setup and operate

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2016, 06:16:39 PM »
well, why not:

Reasons for sharing data:

1) MLAT and increasing receiver network density
2) we should all know what is up in the sky
3) it is good to share existing receiver data with others

Suggestion:
Make the feeder sw available also for windows.

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2016, 06:32:03 PM »
Here's my entry - good luck to all

Reasons to share

1) It's a very low cost way of getting into the Radar Spotting hobby. With a RaspberryPi and a dongle you can be up and running for a fraction of the cost of the established hardware brands. Utilising PiAware and Dump1090 - both free programs, means it really is a great way to "put a bit back" by sharing your data. It's really easy to set up as well, follow the online instructions and you'll be on-line and sharing in less than an hour, probably 30 mins in reality.

2) The FA offer of an enterprise account if you share is really worthwhile. To get access to all of the historical stuff all for free.

3) The fact that you can get your own Mlat traffic returned to you for display locally is excellent. Its accuracy is better than the established software and there is no need to "fire off a manual Mlat" to see something of interest - the fact you can’t do that anyway is irrelevant, as it is simply not necessary

What could be improved?

I think the graphical presentation is a bit basic, the map could be improved and also the plane icons are a bit bland and could be more accurate / better looking. When I click on an aircraft it opens a new tab in my browser with the flight path of that plane with some additional information, that’s really useful but it would be nice if a shortened version could "pop up" in the same window as the main display so I don’t have to keep swapping tabs. A 'show more info' link could then open up a new tab if required.

Tim
SBS-1eR, FA ProStick + 1090 filter

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2016, 11:43:09 PM »
Hello from Dorr, MI.

My three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware are:

1. MLAT capabilities expand usefulness of system.
2. Coverage for all areas in interest to me.
3. Easy to use and setup along with free account.
4. It's fun to tinker with hardware trying to get best coverage for my PiAware.

Suggestion, make enough inventory of new FlightAware stick becasue if I don't win one, I will probably want to buy one sooner rather than later!

Thanks again!

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2016, 07:49:03 AM »
Here is my entry with the reasons.

1. MLAT, like mentioned by all.
2. Great website and stats.
3. Free and the extras for feeders.

Possible improvement.
Would be nice if dump1090 could take a GPS input, as I work on ships it would make life a lot easier for me and would allow me to turn on MLAT while o/b.

Good luck to all.

Regards,
Neal

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2016, 09:08:35 AM »
1.- Another MLAT network.
2.- A steady growing community makes this a site with future projection.
3.- Free additional info for feeders.

What to improve?
- The live GUI, a bit oldish.
- Allowing other MLAT capable receivers to feed raw data for the purpose.

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2016, 12:31:25 PM »
Three good reasons

1.  It's cheap, so this should encourage more feeders which is better for everyone (maybe could buy a few for non-hobbyist friends in poor coverage locations?)

2.  Can be used to display MLATs for otherwise 'censored' aircraft of interest, which is really annoying in other applications

3.  t would appear to that the range of initial detection is a significant improvement

Improvement

If the graphical display is that on flightaware.com then as others say, it's rather basic, so those of us who have used radar displays won't be too keen.  I can't work out how to display info labels over all tracks, I'm guessing this must be possible as it's what any user would say... I'm not going to be rolling a mouse over every track to see what it is.   I'd like the display to be user-configurable in the way other applications are.

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2016, 01:28:28 PM »
Hi,

Well here are my three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware:

1. Like most of us, the MLAT capability.
2. The possibility to also see what's happening in the sky somewhere else and not only what's going on over my head.  ;)
3. It's just fun  ;D 8)

And what might be improved:

I think it would be nice to have a better looking/more up-to-date graphical presentation of the map/planes.

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2016, 04:21:09 PM »
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My three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware are:

1. MLAT capabilities expand usefulness of system.
2. Coverage for all areas in interest to me.
3. Easy to use and setup along with free account.
4. It's fun to tinker with hardware trying to get best coverage for my PiAware.

I make that 4 reasons not three!!  You yanks kill me. ;D

Anyway my three are:

1. MLAT capability
2. Sharing data only enhances everyone's enjoyment of this wonderful hobby (unless you've been duped by Brandao)
3. Another nail in Air Navs coffin which isn't a bad thing.

If I win with these three, the cry for a recount will be heard across Southern England. :P

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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2016, 04:29:11 PM »
If I win with these three, the cry for a recount will be heard across Southern England. :P

Please check the entry requirements again and either update your post or make another one.
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Re: Spring Raffle 2016
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2016, 06:50:54 PM »
Three reasons for sharing data with FlightAware
1. Has to be MLAT capability
2. Easy set up of the software and account
3. Sharing of Data plus Equipment like this helps to push the Hobby forward for everyone

One suggestion to make it even better
1. I have to agree with a previous comment "Make MLAT enabling an opt-out rather than an opt-in option" It just seems to be more common sense to have it this way.