I am not saying forget the content. This was a request for input on a RADIO PRODUCT @ $49. So what is the aim, other than, I will guess SDR @ $49? Is it meant to be wider SDR for 60-1700MHz, L Band only???
If me and others like me purchase the hardware to use for non Outernet stuff, and it supports the datacast. Great!
While I get your goal and idea on the content, for me since I am not in one of those locations to need this stuff, its not important to me. Now maybe if you were taking the US NOAA NWR WX Wire text stuff, compress them, and feed it out over the Outernet feed, and it was reliable, and as quick to cast as the GOES L band, and the other forms its transmitted on right now, I would be all over that feed. This is text stuff and is highly compressible, but it needs to be in NEAR REAL TIME, and RELIABLE due to the nature of the ALERT data for severe weather. At present most WX Wire/EMWIN users probably get 5-30 seconds on the text product being received before the NWR SAME alert for the same alert. I don’t know if that possible or what the delay is via all this, especially with getting the data, reuplinking, time to travel to space, back etc… There also is no point in sending this data to a EU/UK/Africa sat, but ON has posted while its possible to differentiate the feeds, they are not inclined to do so, plus based on reading, I am not sure the reliability of the uplink is ready for being a SEVERE WX data transmission method. ie: When a TOR comes out SECONDS COUNT! A NWR and this SAVES LIVES. Trust me, I am in area which has no clue on the concept of tornado sirens, and there has been property and LIFE LOSS because of this! And residents still are AGAINST a tornado siren system!
Not important to me doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done, and me and others like me who purchase hardware which generates a profit seem to fund that datacast into places that need it, Great!
So the current DCSDR, and this $49 device could be that profit stream that helps fund the datacast. I can slurp up 10-20 of the DCSDR’s alone to do something if my testing works out. More if other things work. And depending on what the $49 device has feature set wise, it might be even more! All pure profit to the data cast, as I wouldn’t be using it.
The CONTENT AND THE DEVICES both go hand in hand. The simple device coupled with good content for those who need/want the content will be part and parcel with those like me, who only need to the good SDR hardware to do something else other than ON.