I changed the title of this post to MAYBE SOLVED - - here’s why
My Dreamcatcher v3.03 is set up 500 feet away from my Maverick LNB mounted on an 80 cm offset Ku band reflector with one or two 20 dB in-line satellite amplifiers. The Dreamcatcher is driven by an EasyACC power bank. While heat has been an issue, Jerry @maxboysdad and Syed @Syed have asked me to perform a number of voltage and current measurements suspecting that my input 5 vdc to the Dreamcatcher may be dipping too low. Here are the most recent measurements:
One in-line amplifier
DC input to board 5.03 vdc, current to board 1 amp; Rssi -94 dBm, SNR +8 dB with .1 amp of 14.2 vdc Bias T
Two in-line amplifiers
DC input to board 5.03 vdc, current to board 1 amp; Rssi -75 dBm, SNR +8 dB with .13 amp of 14.2 vdc Bias T
No in-line amplifiers resulted in no lock with no reception
DC input to board 5.03 vdc, current to board .9 amp
Finally with the two in-line satellite amplifiers, I am now set up with a 2.4 amp 5 volt power cube delivering 5.07 vdc DC input to the board drawing 1.0 amps. LNB current and Bias T voltage remain the same as before. I don’t know if this higher board input voltage is critical as it is only .04 vdc higher.
Due to my configuration, I need the two in-line satellite amplifiers to deliver sufficient Rssi levels to the Dreamcatcher. The Dreamcatcher’s low end threshold is below -90 dBm (although I have achieved LOCK at levels of -94 dBm).
Please chime in if you think my power cube is delivering too low a voltage. Ken