I've been playing with Outernet and I think it's pretty interesting.
Outernet is a FREE L band Satellite Filecast service that runs on Inmarsat's satellites
To get up and running on outernet all you need is their $79 kit http://store.outernet.is/products/de...nt=26966503113
Or you can put one together with the following parts:
$30 L Band Patch antenna http://store.outernet.is/products/ou...h-antenna-rhcp
$25 LNA https://www.amazon.com/Outernet-Inma...K2BTAPKJP4TXYS
$20 RTL-SDR https://www.amazon.com/RTL-SDR-Blog-...eywords=rtlsdr Will need to enable the Bias T for the LNA to work
$9 C.H.I.P. SBC https://getchip.com/pages/chip or the $35 Raspberry Pi 3 https://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-...raspberry+pi+3
Forum Link https://discuss.outernet.is/
Once you have your receiver up and running you simply leave it on all day and it will automatically download new data. The power requirements are minimal just a few watts
If you have trouble finding the satellite to get a good signal, there is an android App that will help you find the bird in the sky https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...dreality&hl=en
It's not the fastest service, running at 2000bps, think of a 1980 2400 baud dial-up modem for a speed comparison.......SLOOOOOOOOWWWWWW, but it's free and with the content delivered it doesn't have to be fast.
So far I've found the weather information on Outercast alone worth having, it will download GRIB weather files and then has a very nice google earth overlay in which it shows global weather patterns from the downloaded GRIB files.
Outernet also has a news section and a section where it re-transmits APRS messages from the ISS Digipeater. So if you can hit the ISS you can get a message to anyone globally on outernet
You can even submit files (under 10kb) to outernet that will then be downloaded worldwide to everyone on outernet. https://outernet.is/filecast-center/
Thought I pass along this info to y'all, here is the link to the setup manual https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...ual+v03.00.pdf
And below is a video going over an Outernet setup