Originally Posted by GallenH
I wonder though if it might be possible to have the antenna portable like many of the dish TV antennas that I see in campgrounds. Not as slick though. I have a Garmin that has satellite link and it usually works even in some dense areas. It too is supposed to have a clear view to sky but we've used it in our RV.
The StarLink dishy is portable, so you should be able to pick the best location. The concern is that the StarLink constellation comprises thousands of fast-moving satellites in very low orbits, so the dish needs to constantly lock onto new satellites in order to maintain your internet connection. It uses a combination of physical dish motion and phase array antennas to do this. This is nothing like pointing at a geostationary sat, or even GPS. It needs a fair amount of clear sky to perform these tricks, so the "open sky" rule is probably more strict. Just how much more remains to be seen. It should get better over time as the satellite density grows.