Hi I’m new here. I’m Konrad. I’m in the Seattle, WA metro area.
I found this project through Twitter.
I’ve been playing with Outernet DreamCatcher 3.xx, which is a receiver for free Ku-Band datacasts currently to North America over the SES-2 satellite. The signal uses a spread-spectrum modulation called LoRa which has a fair amount of process gain so that it can pick up the signal from the geo-stationary satellite with just an LNB aimed up in the sky. I’ve had to add a small cone to the end to improve my SNR just a bit, but it works. It receives the news, the weather, Wikipedia pages, audio broadcasts, etc. and Ham Radio APRS messages. E-mails may be in the works.
So how to send messages back to civilization? Could LEO’s take a short APRS message back as they pass-over? Are there satellites that store and forward? I’m here to find out.
I have experience with Raspberry Pi and RTL-SDRs, and LNAs, and VHF/UHF transmitters, so I could put the radio part of a Ground Station, but I don’t have good access to put up tracking antennas because I live in a townhouse that has an that forbids antennas (except for TV dishes). I also don’t have immediate access to print large plastic parts.