Good news on repurposing the RTL-SDR & LNA for things other than Outernet…
After several days, I was surprised to see that the metal cased Outernet recommended RTL-SDR, with the small heatsink added (repurposed from an old video card, strapped on with 2 zip ties and some heat sink compound, runs cool to the touch) & the LNA are extremely frequency stable, even better than the SDRPlay RSP-1. This is the setup I used for Outernet and it worked really well.
Fleetnet and Safetynet on the weaker Southbury channel are still on target, even though off frequency according to SDR#, using Inmarsatdecoder. Getting solid 24+ quality reception.
Still using my homebrew helix cardboard, foil and copper wire antenna indoors, pointing at the ceiling, basically.
Used to be I would have to re-center the frequency every couple of days with the SDRPlay RSP-1,but now the RTL-SDR and LNA are solid after over a week, using a Azulletech stick PC for Inmarsat decoder & SDR#.
Will try the Outernet patch antenna this weekend.
All is not lost, investment wise… Now, what can I do with the CHIP??