Much Stronger Outernet Signal Today

I don’t know why, but the Outernet signal is much stronger today.

Yesterday, I fought with antenna pointing, moving the unit around the yard, and trying everything I could to increase reception. But I only got it up to about 6dB SNR. That’s good enough to receive, but the issue wasn’t the SNR; it was the severe changes in SNR. It would vary wildly from 2dB to 7dB. I even checked the patch antenna cable for continuity and cold solder joints, and it was fine.

Today, I put the unit in one of the same spots as yesterday and turned it on. Boom! 10+dB SNR. Maybe the satellite power was reduced? Or there was more moisture in the air, attenuating the signal? I don’t know. But it’s much better now.

The Outernet setup in the backyard for testing.
The SNR is much higher today.

In other news, it seems there may be a big announcement from Outernet next week. I have no idea what that is. It could be a frequency change, a satellite change, a software release…I don’t know. We’ll see. In the meantime, this is working.

I love satellite communications. I should try to get more involved in this somehow.