Reception here in Matera, Italy on Alphasat 25 E is moderate at an SNR of 4 dB. Lat 40 deg 39.9’N Long 16 deg 36.5’E Ken
welcome to Alphasat Ken
Are you in an urban environment? Any sources of noise? Alphasat is slightly more powerful than the other beams. I’m surprised your SNR is not higher.
This is a city of ancient cave dwellings - - no ambient noise and a clear view of the sky looking 164 deg magnetic at an elevation of 42 deg on a cloudless sunny day.
I was surprised too as my performance on Americas in DC usually runs from 9 - 11 dB, but does occasionally drop to 4 to 8 dB.
I’ll check again from a new location as I approach Sicily. Ken
His SNR is consistent with the best I have had from Alphasat from the UK with the supplied patch ant (the elevation of the bird is 26 degrees for me)
Now today, I am in Lecce, Italy, (Lat 40.3N Long 18.17E Elevation 42.8 Mag 166.2). Clear sunny sky on top of hotel with great view of horizon, and I can’t close a link. Time is 1415 UTC (Mid-afternoon) Friday 11 Mar. Signal levels are on order of -108 dBm, but SNRs are neg with no lock. I am running on a fully charged Lipo battery (as I usually do when I take a casual look-see) - - CHIP working fine, LNA lit up as usual.
Several reboots of Lantern, but no change. All I can think is RFI must be causing the problem. I’ll pursue that with SDR #. Ken