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02-13-2010 08:44 AM #1
Motorized or Fixed Dish for FTA?
Based on feedback from an earlier post, I plan to pick up a 30” to 36” dish for FTA. Given the size, my understanding is that this will restrict me to the Ku band only, which is fine – since a 6’ dish would probably be impractical for me at the moment. I live in the Midwest, by the Wisconsin / Illinois border and my question is, does it make more sense for me to look into a motorized or fixed dish?
From the perspective of basing this decision on what I’m trying to pull in, I looked at a current listing of FTA channels. I imported them into a spreadsheet and sorted, filtering on TV broadcast, Ku Band and English language. The sort indicates that the most bang-for-the-buck in terms of channels are on Sat 123W. Additionally, there are a handful of channels on Sats 101W, 110W, 119W, 125W, and 129W that would also be of interest to me, if possible.
So, there are a few things I’m trying to sort out in my head with regard to motorized or fixed dish setup.
1. If I use a fixed dish, can I pull in 123W from where I live?
2. If #1 is true, could I also pull in any of the other Sats mentioned? (They are not must-have’s)
3. Probably the best question to ask is ‘what’ can I pull in with a fixed dish in my area?
4. Would a motorized dish bring me any additional benefit over a fixed dish?
I realize a blind scan will detect everything available to me when the time comes, but I’m trying to get an idea of this prior to the setup itself. Thanks in advance.
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02-13-2010 09:06 AM #2
I started with a fixed dish on 123w. Unfortunately, that bird is all but dead for FTA viewing. Last year all the good channels got pulled. I have a hard time thinking of one bird I would point at if all I had were a fixed dish. I might start with fixed to get the mechanics down but I would go for a motorized setup in the long run.
I mostly watch 125w, 101w, 97w, 91w, and 89w with a few random things in between.
Browse The List and lyngsat for FTA channels and decide what would be best for your viewing habits.
02-13-2010 09:19 AM #3FTA Bumpkin
As Spiff said there is not a lot left on 123W, but your ability to receive 123W (or any of the other satellites on your list) is determined by your line-of-sight (LOS). That is, you need to have a clear view of the sat, not blocked by buildings, trees, mountains, etc.
You can get a good idea of what sats are visible by doing a site survey, also you might check out Dishpointer.com (link at top of page).
The advantage of a motorized dish is the ability to move from sat to sat from the comfort of your couch, once you have it setup you will be able to view all satellites in your viewable arc.
Lots of folks start with a fixed dish and learn the ropes, then add a motor later, not a bad idea IMO.C-Band: 12' Unimesh/AJAK 180/GeoSat C2***10' "Perfect 10" mesh/GeoSat C2*** 8.5' Birdview solid/BV H-H/GeoSat C2*** 7.5' Unimesh/CalAmp voltage-controlled LNBF***...C-Band LOS from 58W-139W
Ku-Band: 3ABN .9m/SL1PLL LNBF/SG2100***Fortec .9m/TrackerII LNBF/STAB HH90***7.25' Birdview "Spoon"/TrackerII/70:1 BV H-H***Prodelin 1.8m/GeoSat Bullet/AJAK 180 H-H***Paraclipse Hydro 1.5m Prime Focus/Linear Actuator/C120 LNBF...Ku-Band LOS from 30W-129W
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02-13-2010 11:10 AM #4
I installed my first FTA dish last year (36" dish with a Sadoun 280 motor)
I was concerned that the motor would add to much complexity to the install but I read a lot of post here at SatelliteGuys and got the basics down before I started the install.
I had a couple of questions while pointing the dish and they were answered by the great members here.
If you are willing to do the reading and put in the time on a motorized install I think you will be much happier with your FTA system.
02-13-2010 11:37 AM #5
Great suggestions from the previous posts. I would also recommend that you first install a fixed dish at a single satellite. Learn how your receiver, switches and LNBF works then add a motor. You will probably be quite happy with a 90cm dish, QPH-031 and a motor!Satellite AV, LLC (Gold Sponsor)
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