1. I've been messing around with setting up a relay network in a sandbox game in 1.2 and am having difficulty understanding what I am seeing for signal strength. I have a set of 4 equidistant relay satellites between the Mun and Minmus at about 29 Mm altitude above Kerbin and another set that is out past Dres at 50 Gm from Kerbol. Since this is a sandbox game the tracking station is tier 3 and I altered the game settings so that there are no additional ground stations beyond the KSC. When I
Signal strength is calculated as follows.
1. Take the square root of the product of both power levels. So a 5M antenna pointing at a 5K antenna has a MAX range of about 158km
SQRT(5,000,000 * 5,000) = 158,113
2. Look at the actual distance and figure out what percentage this is of our max range. So if you were at 100Km, this percentage would be about 36%
1 - (100,000 / 158,113) = 0.367
3. Run that number (0.36) through the float curve in your antenna config. The de