So I wanted to do some LoRa software (mostly for fun) so I ordered a few TTGO T-BEAMs from China. They haven’t yet arrived, but the Dragino LPS8 gateway I ordered is here. Yesterday I placed it outside my house mounted somewhat high overlooking the San Francisco bay (with a fancy plastic bag environmental cover ). Of course I’m just using the stock ‘indoor’ antenna, but I have to say I’m surprised at how few packets I see coming in. Only a few an hour, and so far all of those packets have been dropped by TTN with “no broker” - so presumably they are misconfigured devices someone has sitting around somewhere?
TTN seems quite popular in Europe, but looking at the map near here I only see a few gateways with only a smallish number of mapper hits. I was assuming that in ‘tech silicon valley’ would have a bunch more activity.
Is it just that my antenna is not up to snuff? Or is the network really that ununderbuilt/used here?