donde, thanks for the link! I'll check that out once I get a Dreamcatcher. Right now I'm still researching options.
The use case is a multi-week trip (off-grid). I'm thinking that if I'm going to carry this equipment with me, I might as well be receiving a signal while I'm in motion (8-10 hrs per day) on those days we are mobile. The mass and volume of the Dreamcatcher device/antenna isn't a concern to me, but the power consumption (especially overnight) is where I'm looking for additional insight. (for reference my background is environmental engineering - so some aspects of Outernet make sense, but quite a lot is a learning experience)
The reason I'm thinking of six antennas is because I keep going back and forth between creating a static array of sorts, combining the signal, and plugging that in to the Dreamcatcher or a gimbal mounted antenna. I think the gimbal mounted antenna might have more variables/complexity than I'd prefer, and a gimbal setup doesn't seem to be as rugged as I would like it to be. It's really a level of effort required vs. payoff. If I need to do a gimbal that will likely be more effort than I'm interested in - but it's still early and I'm open to any other ideas people have considered.
Has anybody attempted an active antenna array with the Dreamcatcher?
I can't imagine the antenna is a power hog, but does anyone have a draw of the antenna? Or maybe just the Dreamcatcher (w/o antenna)?