Software Release: Skylark 5.0 for Dreamcatcher 3 (Ku-band)


no, not yet. There is a dedicated LED indicator for packet reception.


I’ll be out of town till Thursday night. I can set it up next weekend and start sharing signal stats.


Question on the --Busy-- light. the skylark readme says it is for --radio is operational-- Is this related to the tuner being --Locked-- on a signal ? Or what does – radio is operational-- ?

I can figure that pkct means a successful software decode of a ‘chirp’ lora or packet.

If I guess … the --Busy-- should be on after boot/initialization skylark. But in Armbian – the readme say it flashes --when the radio is busy–. I’m just a little confused.


It shows the radio is working and trying to receive. It may not be successfully receiving, it may not even be seeing an actual signal, just that its actively trying to receive.

Readme updated.


Is there any Outernet Ku Band footprint to South Africa at the moment?


Not yet. Please see this other thread Outernet 3.0: 30kbps now, 100kbps eventually - even smaller antenna for beam related info.


Does the skylark 5.0 image boot to as an access point or do you have to terminal mode connect then set the configuration? Is admim still outernet w/ password outernet, and guest available with no password?

Then --network-- available to get it “client mode”.

The usps is supposed to deliver mine this afternoon.


It all works exactly the way it used to with L-band - boots to access point, then you can use the UI to switch to wifi client mode, default passwords are all still the same.

Nothing has changed on that front, not even the wallpaper.

(do make sure you get the latest image once you get your hardware - I have been stealthily updating it over the weekend)


could it be possible to have on the display a cpu meter and what its currently downloading and the current SNR, sd card storage available and if the antenna has a lock or not? in a upcoming release?


yes, the LCD was added mainly for such use. It will take some time to get there, but eventually most of the administration information should be available on the LCD.

As far as antenna “lock” is concerned: the dedicated packet LED is the most reliable indicator of that. The RF side now doesn’t operate on a “lock” basis at all, its all on a packet-to-packet basis. The flashing of the packet LED is the fastest way to determine if the reception works. While eventually a similar indicator may be added to the LCD, the packet LED will remain the quickest, most reliable feedback point for signal “lock”.


some one might want to update the pin on the homescreen its still the old 4.4…



Is there a multi-media test file sent via the carousel that can show how audio broadcast or video “on-demand saved for later” will be sent?

On the “use case” tab in the homepage it says this what will be delivered. I just am looking for something as a demonstration.

Where would I look in Skylark?


not yet. still working on the backend stuff. I will announce when we test.

It should show up as a new stream in the tuner status, but no other indicators for now - audio will be (should be) heard out of the audio port.


Could it be possible to add a terminal to the web ui? so we can easly get to the termial instead of having to ssh in every time


It looks like I got a lock at the parking garage. Here’s the best screen shot that I could take one-handed (The other hand was holding the LNB):

I also found a spot next to the house that might be a good candidate for a more permanent location. I was not able to get a lock there, but probably could if I fiddled with it some.

Screenshot at 2018-03-15 16-57-35

I hope this will help with the LNB frequency correction.

–Konrad, WA4OSH


Is the time display on the Skylark web homepage based on the dreamcatcher time or I guess
my question is it derived from the satellite data stream or from the wifi router ntp ?
Somehow it is “local” format so maybe it derived from the browser?


The time is coming from the computer you are using to view the DC’s Skylark program. Try changing your computer time and watch the Skylark time change with it. Ken


@Abhishek I am trying to describe what led10 “status” near the power reset switch does.
At boot it starts flashing the after ready is on the screen and another 30 seconds or so it
stop the flashing and is a solid green.

Can you define what it is doing?


It has three functions:

  1. Primarily, it indicates that the board (more accurately the power management IC - the PMIC) is powered up.

  2. Additionally, it indicates a successful boot by flashing at about 0.5Hz for 30 seconds, as you noticed.

  3. It also blinks a couple times when you insert external storage (like a usb-stick) to indicate that the system found the storage device.