I totally agree about why we need to focus on those in remote areas who do not have other options for weather, news and most importantly ; educational and health information from the rest of the world.
I was a cruising sailor and know first hand that - as cool as Outernet Would have been - sailors have many sources for such information // WINLINKWINMOR/SAILMAIL/NAXTEX/HIGH SEAS METEO in voice , RTTY/FEC and WEFAX // As I see it, for we in developed nations ; Outernet is an interesting hobby project and we can contribute to this rapid development process. However, the prime service is to those who cannot participate in this forum or shop on-line, because they have no “on-line”. The end users being remote schools and villages, I’d prefer to focus on helping them.
As for pointing; sun rise/set, or Polaris or Southern Cross makes the north-south line close enough add a child’s plastic compass and a protractor made of paper or printed into the (eventual) Outernet case and it would be amazingly easy to set up then tune for maximum signal.
Most city dwellers rely on a cell phone to determine directions. However, outside of cities, most people grow-up knowing where the sun rises and sets If setting up Outernet in a totally unknown area for the first time, the four cardinal directions can easily be determined using a shadow from fence post or even a stick in the ground and a mark in the dirt while taking lunch / re: "Shadow tip method "/ or for those who own a watch , an analog wrist watch on a sunny day, instantly yields a very accurate north-south line - BT&DT. A child’s plastic compass makes even this unnecessary.
What we in Developed areas enjoy here on the forum is a very cool project that yields yet another source of information. However, Outernet is more than both. What those who live outside of our ocean-of-information NEED is access to: weather, news, health, agricultural methods , up to date educational materials and etc. Let’s do this for those who have no reliable access to this type of information, as we assist Outernet Team in this rapid development phase.
Your thoughts - team ?
RadioRay …_ ._