Interesting - - that said, I’m going to proceed with a new enclosure for a portable unit that I’ve been working on (but put on hold pending the patch concept). I got the idea from a 6 inch diameter Mova Globe (www.movaglobes.com) I have which failed so I could take it apart.
It is a Dreamcatcher mounted underneath (sandwiched) with the LNB, then installed in the clam shell sphere that sits on top of a small tripod stand allowing rotation of the sphere for antenna pointing. The touch screen is remoted by a short cable and mounted on the rear of the sphere so you can read it as you point. I haven’t decided to include a built in rechargeable power source, or run it off an external one. Here’s a conceptual picture illustrated with a basketball. The LNB is inside and points out the back side of the picture.
I need to remeasure power draw of Skylark 5.5 which will determine internal power requirements. By any chance do you know it is now? Ken
PS Change to this post - - Skylark still draws 1.1 amps at 5 vdc with the Touch Screen Off and 1.2 amps at 5 vdc with the Touch Screen On