@donde So much of the development time is really just waiting…parts to ship, PCB to fabricate, shipping…
@Tysonpower It may be pretty tough to initially sell a case, though we are reviewing options for a stamped metal one. Very likely the case will be separate. One of the downsides to the current Dreamcatcher is that it is not a standalone device; it requires a client (tablet, phone, laptop). The reason to add the LCD and speaker is so that the device services purpose by itself. It can now play audio and show weather maps. Yes, the new version will include the LCD.
@kenbarbi There will need to be a different beam for Central and South America. G28 does look promising for national (American) coverage as it hits Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico very well.
@Konrad_Roeder Yes, commercial LNBs usually put at 950 - 2150 MHz.
@donde DC2 employs software demodulation. We want to move to a faster bitrate service with a unique modulation, which is why it is a hardware radio. We don’t have an FPGA on the DC2; all the work is done a 1 GHz CPU.
@lmantuno We do intend to release a schematic block for DC2, but after the release of DC3. We don’t see APAC as a second-class citizen at all, it’s just that there wasn’t a way to commercially support the service. I’ll be looking for local resellers so that we can turn an APAC beam on asap.
@Fredrikson Q80 is our own development board. We are working on another product which would be compatible with DC2. Recently we have found that most of our customers are buying products (SDRx, antennass) for non-Outernet purposes. It would cost less to buy an apartment in New York City than to continue operating the L-band service. Yes, really.
@Konrad_Roeder The Q80 daughter board is for the reception of Ku. It will be integrated into DC3.
@tylerhoot That’s a lot of cost for a product that doesn’t have very broad appeal. The only way we can add satellite capacity is by going more and more mainstream, and reducing costs of the receiver. Making bareboards is not a problem, but soldering BGA parts is not something that is usually done on a hobby bench. Not saying it can’t be done, but there are relatively few people who want to bother with that.
@Tysonpower Yes, you are correct on both counts; it is a development board and was expensive to produce just the 10 that we made.