Thanks for the reply Branko I am more just thinking out loud about ideas. I do not want to be the first person to go through the hassle of experimenting on what satellite equipment does work, and what doesn’t work on a tilting sailing boat under way.
But I will be very excited to play with a Lantern and experiment. If it only works in calm situations at anchor that would be fine as well, especially in terms of a $165 device.
I would also like to put a simple antenna up that would allow me to send small APRS data packets etc. up to amateur satellite repeaters as a very basic form of up-link email and possibly have people reply to me using the Outernet $3 per month “twitter” messaging service. Which I imagine is sent almost immediately as priority packets over the Lantern and Lighthouse feed. This would give me a kind of internet chat to the outside world that would be kind of connected to the internet in a kind of real time, depending on how many free to-use satellites go up in the future. ( My feeling is that lots of Cube sats are going to go up.)
Out of interest could you please post the Outernet down-link frequencies or range of frequencies that you expect to use for the Lantern 10 MB per day service.
For the Cubesats what frequencies / Bands do you intend to broadcast on?
What kind of Payload options is Outernet taking on the Cubesats. How much power is available to your payload transmitters.
Are you going to allow APRS repeater function on the Cubesats?
Will the Lantern allow the connection of non dish type antennas i.e flat phased array antennas etc for mobile operation?
I have only used my rtlsdr usb stick to pick up the aircraft ADS-B signals flying over where I live, using a circular DIY half dipole coaxial antenna which allows me to see planes landing 30 km away.
But I see on the internet there are many RTL SDR using them for UHF satellite reception. My feeling was it might allow me to decode some low 1000 ish L-Band . But I am not in a rush, Until you start the 10mb a day Lantern download I am sort of doing other projects first.