I plan to run an open experiment to test higher datarates over the current beam. In addition to the official receivers at Outernet HQ, I would like to receive data from other receivers as well - that can only happen with forum-member participation.
How to participate:
On June 26th, 2018:
At 1pm US Eastern: I will switch the beam to Beamtype 227 for 1 hour. If you wish to receive the new faster beam, you will need to go into skylark as the outernet user, and in the Tuner application set custom beam parameters to Frequency 11.9024, Beamtype 227. Then in the first tab, select custom beam (don’t worry if the new values aren’t reflected in the first tab), and then hit apply. You should again start receiving, hopefully at a faster packet rate - the ideal packet rate (100% reception) is 19.1pps and bitrate is 36600bps.
At 2pm US Eastern: I will switch the beam to Beamtype 226 for 1 hour. Same as above, set Beamtype in custom to 226, hit apply in tuner app. Ideal packet rate is 33.8pps and bitrate is 64800bps. There is a good chance this will not work for most people - at all.
If the above work reasonably well, I will try the next beamtype as well:
At 3pm US Eastern: I will switch the beam to Beamtype 225 for 1 hour. Same as above, set Beamtype in custom to 225, hit apply in tuner app. Ideal packet rate is 58.1 and 111500bps.
At 4pm US Eastern: I will switch the beam back to normal beamtype (228), so at this point switch back to the “Americas” preset in the Tuner app, and hit apply. Its possible I will do this sooner in case the earlier steps show very little success.
For people who do not wish to participate, this will be the equivalent to a planned service disruption. Leave the receivers untouched and they should be functioning normally again latest by 4pm US Eastern.
For people who do wish to participate: please make sure your receiver(s) are setup to report telemetry (STA mode and access to internet). Without that I won’t receive the necessary data points. Monitor this thread for updates and discussion during the test time window. Do not try to repoint the LNBs during the test - if you wish to do any repoint-ing etc, its best to do it a few hours before the test starts, or after the end of the test. Re-pointing during the test will ruin baselines.
Thanks for your help!