The hardware works, but we are working with very a very small link margin. IMHO, we really still don’t have data points to really understand Outernet SNR versus SES-2’s signal footprint map to reliably predict coverage. The footprint maps should be a good predictor what coverage looks like across the US, as well as on other satellites with average transponders.
Most of the gang lives up in the Northeast where they are inside of the 50 gradient on the SES-2 footprint map. They report a good signal.
Our coverage data still does not answer the question of why the one location we have in Utah has a marginal looking signal even though they should be in a 51 or even 52 gradient.
What does the very best possible signal look like? In about a month, I’m taking a road trip to Pullman, WA, right in the middle of that 52 gradient.
We also have no data for what coverage looks like in Tuscon, AZ where my sister lives. She would also be on a 50 gradient. Can she get a signal that’s as good as the folks in the Northeast? The satellite is much higher up in the sky and she has very dry air.
I would love to know what coverage looks like in Southern Florida, also inside of a 50 gradient.
In order to get meaning out of the reported data, it should be understood if the signal is being reported from a “naked” LNB, or it’s being aided with dishes, pringle cans, lenses, or other “hearing aids”. This could be reported with a simple question in the setup.
What does coverage look like in marginal coverage areas? Right about now, I would love to see what coverage looks like at my brother’s house in Denver, CO. He barely has a 48 gradient. Would he need a dish or “hearing aid”?