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PSB
01-09-2006, 11:47 AM
Finally got my hands on the Fortec Lifetime Classic NA FTA Digital satellite receiver, thanks to our friends and GOLD sponsors here at the SatelliteGuys.US FTA area...... SADOUN
Needless to say Sadoun is the ONLY place you should consider buying this quality product (IMO).
Got the e-mail at the office that the receiver had arrived from Fed-Ex, the rest of the day DRAGGED and I went like a bat out of hell when I finally got the chance to go home.
First thing I did was make sure my motor was pointing EXACTLY true south, we are lucky here in the Twin Cities as our zenith satellite is Intelsat Americas 6 and it lies exactly at our longitude, 93w. With that done, I plugged in the new "Classic NA" turned it on then went up to the SG2100 motor and reset it using a straightened paper clip.
Back inside I was pleasantly surprised with the new menu graphics and layout, I went to the antenna setup screen and chose IA-6 set up my LNBF and switch and was ready to start to blind scan. One nice feature I noticed in the antenna setup is Sat Lock, this lets you block any particular satellite, this would be handy with members with smart kids who know how to blind scan a satellite. As recently there have been some adult channels showing up FTA on one particular satellite (now encrypted before you PM)
Back to blind scanning, or as Fortec call it POWER SCAN. After choosing Power scan by hitting the OK button again it gives you the choice of a starting and stopping frequency of the power scan! An amazing function and will be VERY handy when you do not want to wait for a full satellite scan!
But the best thing about this new Full Power scan feature is that you can also choose how thorough a scan you want to do, you can choose to Power Scan in step of 4/6/8/10 or 12 MHz. So you can zip through a scan by selecting step 12 or if you are in no hurry and want to make sure you find all channels/feeds you can select to scan by 4 MHz step giving total flexibility of your Power scans. Also unlike most receivers including the Lifetime Ultra instead of a progress bar (that means nothing as it keeps restarting) it LISTS all found TP's full screen while displaying the steps and how many more stops to go before the scan completes. I LOVE this function, I am not usually in a hurry when I am scanning and would much rather make sure I don't miss any finds.
The favorite list is worth a mention, unlike other receivers you can add the same channel to one or more favorite lists! I have never used favorites much but with this function and the ease of use I am now hooked!
I am now fully loaded with channels and satellites and I have have not come across any of the menu problems that required you to delete all TP's before a Power Scan that was a pain with the Ultra.
This receiver is certainly a lot more business like and has a professional feel to it, much more like a tool than a receiver. I was also very impressed as usual with the picture quality using coax component and super video. Crisp clean pictures and a very stable menu screen and interface(See below screen shots). . Channel changing is lightening fast compared to the Lifetime Ultra! I have had this receiver for over a week now and it still displays the CORRECT time that's a great plus for me. Another nice thing that it instead of just saying "NO SIGNAL" when the dish is moving between satellites it now tell you where its motoring to "Please wait while dish moves to G10R" for example. Definitely the best receiver I have ever tried so far.
Fortec Lifetime Classic NA
The Fortec Star Lifetime Classic NA satellite receiver is designed specifically for the North American market. This Free-to-air receiver is part of the same family of receivers as the Platinum NA and FSIR-5400 NA (See Below). It comes with a channel memory capacity of 4,800 channels. The Power Scan provides blind search capabilities with maximum flexibility for controlling the search parameters.
This receiver is fully MPEG2/DVB compliant, and supports multi-languages.
FEATURES:
Easy-to-use Graphic MENU Interface
RS232 Port for Updating Software
Supports DiSEqC1.0/1.2, 13/18V, 22Khz Tone
USALS function
S-Video Connector & 3-RCA Connectors
S/PDIF Optical Connector for AC3 audio pass-through
Multi-language Functionality (Menu, Audio)
Last Channel Memory (on the same satellite)
OSD: Transparency & Blending, 256 Palette Colors
Front Panel Buttons & IR Remote Controller User Interface
Editing Functions (TV or Radio Channels)
EPG for On-Screen Channel Information (where available)
Channel Memory for Multi-satellites (up to 64)
3 Operation Modes (Digital TV, Digital Radio, Favorite)
SPECIFICATIONS:
1. Conditional Access Interface
Type
None
2. Tuner
Type
1X F-type, IEC169-24 Female
Frequency Range
950MHz to 2150MHz
Input Impedance
75 ohm unbalanced
Signal Level
-25 to -65 dBm
LNB Power
13.5/18.5Vdc+/-5%, 0.5Amax, Overload protected
22kHz Tone
Frequency: 22 kHz+/-2kHz Amplitude:0.6V+/- 0.2V
DiSEqC Control
Version1.2 Compatible
Demodulation
QPSK
Input Symbol Rate
2-45Ms/s
FEC Decoder
Convolution Code Rate 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8
3. System & Memory
Main Processor
STi5518
Flash Memory
2 Mbytes
SDRAM
8 Mbytes
EEPROM
8 Kbytes
Channel Memory
Digital Channels: 4800
Multi-Satellite
Up to 64
Multi-Language Menu
English/ Italian/ Turkish/ French/ German/ Spanish/ Greek
Front
7 Keys, 1LED
Remote Controller
34 Keys, IR Remote Control
4. MPEG Transport Stream & A/V Decoding
Transport Stream
MPEG-2 ISO/IEC 13818 Transport Stream Specification
Profile Level
MPEG-2 MP@ML
Input Rate
Max 60Mbit/s
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 16:9
Frame Rate
25H for PAL, 30Hz for NTSC
Video Resolution
720 X 576(PAL), 720 X 480(NTSC)
Teletext
Through VBI & OSD
Audio Decoding
MPEG/MusiCam Layer I & II
Audio Mode
Single channel/Dual channel Joint Stereo/Stereo
Frequency Response
20Hz~20kHz, <+/-2dB
60Hz~18kHz <+/-0.5dB
Sampling Rate
32, 44.1, 48kHz
5. A/V & Data In/Out
S-video Output
North American model only
RCA Output
CVBS, L, R Output (Yellow, White, Red Jack) with Volume Control
S/PDIF Output
Toslink Optical
Data Interface
RS-232, Bit Rate: 115200 baud
Connector: 9-Pin D-Sub Male type
6. RF-Modulator
RF-Connector
75 IEC169-2, Male/Female
Frequency
470MHz to 860MHz
Output Channel
CH 3-4
TV Standard
NTSC, PAL B/G, D/K, I Selectable by Menu Setting
Audio Output
Mono with Volume Control
Preset Channel
CH 3 (or TBD), Software changeable by Menu screen
7. Power Supply
Input Voltage
AC 90~240V, 50Hz~60Hz
Power Consumption
Max. 40W
Stand-by Power
<= 6.5W
Protection
Separate Internal Fuse
The input shall have the lightning protection
8. Physical Specification
Size (W x H x D)
280 X 55 X 235mm
Excluding the foot. Foot height is 6mm
Weight
2.0kg
9. Environmental Condition
Operating Temperature
0 +/-40 Celsius
Storage Temperature
-10 ~ 50 Celsius
Operating Humidity Range
10 ~ 85% RH, Non-condensing
Storage Humidity Range
5 ~ 90% RH, Non-condensing
http://www.fortecstar.com/Estore/store/Assets/userguide/82-userguide.pdf
The CLASSIC NA is the base FTA only model.
~ PLATINUM is the essentially a CLASSIC NA plus a CI slot that can accomodate 2 CAMS
~ 5400NA = CLASSIC
www.fortecstar.com
http://www.sadoun.com/Sat/Products/Fortec-Star/Receivers/Fortec-Star-CLASSIC-Blind-Search-receiver-New.htm

Iceberg
01-09-2006, 11:58 AM
nice review Pete! :)
Looks like a cool receiver

One question though (and maybe its OT)

First thing I did was make sure my motor was pointing EXACTLY true south, we are lucky here in the Twin Cities as our zenith satellite is Intelsat Americas 6 and it lies exactly at our longitude, 93w. With that done, I plugged in the new "Classic NA" turned it on then went up to the SG2100 motor and reset it using a straightened paper clip.

should people do that if swapping receivers? Move to TS and reset motor?

PSB
01-09-2006, 12:43 PM
I would say so, that's what I do start a fresh in the zero position. Always works so why change it :)

Katrinasucks
01-09-2006, 01:50 PM
Now I'm even "gladder" I ordered one last week. Maybe after I set it up, I'll put my thoughts up as a newbie learning on it.

lsat
01-10-2006, 09:36 AM
Can you give an idea of blind scan times at 12 Mhz steps and 4 Mhz increments? Maybe scan AMC5, then a more populated satellite like IA5.

Is there a channel editor available for this model?

PSB
01-10-2006, 01:07 PM
Will post scan times tonight :)

Iceberg
01-10-2006, 01:23 PM
Is there a channel editor available for this model?
yep. Channelmaster

http://www.sharpc.com/CM/update.aspx



What's New?
First implementation Fortec Classic NA import/export (CDF format).

PSB
01-10-2006, 07:13 PM
Power Scan Times........

AMC-5


4MHz = 16 mins. (250 stops)
12MHz = 5 mins (82 stops)

IA-5


4MHz = 16.5 mins (250 stops)
12MHz = 9 mins (82 stops)

Katrinasucks
01-11-2006, 05:45 AM
How would you guys who have used multiple receivers rate those times?

hiebert
01-11-2006, 06:54 AM
Pete
Power Scan below SR2000 how it work
Convertion from PAL to NTSC comparet with the Traxis 2500.

Saludos
Hiebert

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