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    Smallest dish size for C Band

    What is the smallest dish size that one can use for C Band?



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    you can find many small sizes but for a decent C/Ku setup i say no smaller than 8.5' but prefer 10' for $100 more. or you can scout your area for free 10' dishes that the unknowing gave up on and never had removed, just update the feed & lnbs.

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    Depending on the satellite footprint, the power of the satellite, and your location you can go as low as 5'. However, with a dish that small you are likely to receive only a few satellites with a good signal. 8' is rather the standard size, but some go with 10'-14' dishes to pull in some sats with very low signal over the US. In the late 80's I was able to receive a very snowy picture from one of the Intelsat satellites over the Atlantic Ocean with an 8' here at 80 degrees west. Of course things have changed and receiving those sat locations are fairly easy now.

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    I have a 4 or 5 foot C/Ku Band satellite dish. Some channels would not come in that well.

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    I would recommend that anyone considering getting a C-band Dish get a 10ft. dish and not try to see how small you can go, satellites used to be spaced farther apart then they are now and with a too small dish you will have problems with adjacent satellite interference. The minimum size to work with the 2 degree satellite spacing we have now is about 81/2 ft. but you must be very precise on your alignment, a 10ft. properly aligned is even better.

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    I have a 4 foot dish that I would like to play with for C-Band just because it was free, it is an offset channel master 1.2M. What type of LNBF would I need to get for it? All of the ones I find are Primefocus and I know I need an off set.

    Also can somone detail what the major advantage between prime focus and offset dishes are?

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