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Is Upgrading Your Helium Miner Antenna Worth It?
An Experiment with an 8db Antenna
In the crypto mining community, many have tried their hand at helium mining, with varying levels of success. One miner has shared his experience comparing a stock 2.3db antenna that comes with the mntd helium miner and an upgraded 8db antenna from spotminer.com. By carefully analyzing the data and taking into consideration factors such as witnesses, beacons, and network changes, he was able to determine if the investment in the upgraded antenna was worth it.
Downloading Transactions for Analysis
The miner began by downloading transactions from the helium explorer dashboard to compare earnings before and after installing the upgraded antenna. By exporting the data to an Excel CSV file, he could analyze the earnings in two-week increments and determine the difference in profitability.
Comparing 2.3db and 8db Antenna Earnings
The miner first looked at earnings from May 5th to May 19th, when the stock 2.3db antenna was in use. After installing the upgraded 8db antenna, he examined earnings from June 2nd to June 16th for comparison. He also removed data from May 20th to June 1st to account for any delays or network changes.
The results showed that with the stock 2.3db antenna, the miner earned 3.63 helium in the two-week period, translating to approximately $40.8 in value. After upgrading to the 8db antenna, earnings increased to 4.34 helium in a two-week period, representing a $7.83 increase in value.
Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Antenna
Elevation, Witnesses, and Beacons
It’s essential to note that every miner’s situation is different, and factors such as elevation, witnesses, and beacons can impact a miner’s earnings. These factors won’t always guarantee that upgrading your antenna will lead to increased profitability.
Network Changes and Stability
Another consideration is any changes made by the helium network that might affect network stability and overall earnings. The miner analyzing data across a six-week period acknowledged that these elements could have impacted the data but still found value in the 8db antenna upgrade.
Individual Location and Experience
One miner’s success does not guarantee that another miner in a different location will experience the same results. Every miner should carefully assess their specific situation and location before deciding whether upgrading their antenna is a worthwhile investment.
For this specific miner, the investment in an 8db antenna proved to be worthwhile. However, your mileage may vary, and it’s important to carefully consider factors such as location, witnesses, network stability, and more before making a decision to upgrade.
In the future, this miner plans to continue expanding his helium mining network by adding more devices and possibly hiring a professional to install the miner higher up on the exterior of his house. For now, he is enjoying the increased earnings and the fun of experimenting with helium mining.
Share your helium mining experiences in the comments below, and let us know if you’ve found upgrading your antenna to be worth it. Happy mining!