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Thread: I humbly present to you: "My Meager Setup".

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    Oh, BTW, I got the Invacom put on my 99cm WSI and it works good. The signal quality is good on LPBHD on SES2 at 87W. It is my due South Satellite at 180.8 degrees. Now I always go back to that position so I know where I'm at. I didn't have the know how when I first started out so the first sat I tried to hit was G19 at 97W and ended up on SES1 at 101, but I was so excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WesTheTinkerer View Post
    On 97W it always pulled in vertical signals best so I was puzzled by the poor vertical reception west of 97W.
    I don't know. Would have thought horizontal would be favored , if either.
    Maybe Brian of SatelliteAV might have a thought.
    - LNBF not at focus?
    - LNBF aimed up/down/left/right?
    - did you try skewing the entire dish?

    Your choice of the pll LNBF was certainly on your side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anole View Post
    - did you try skewing the entire dish?
    Yes. It made no detectable improvement.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anole View Post
    Your choice of the pll LNBF was certainly on your side.
    You said that right. An ordinary non PLL LNB with 1KHz - 1MHz L.O. stability just didn't cut it. PLLs are the only way to go if you have to use an undersized dish and I'll just keep right on buying the GeosatPro SL1PLL from SatAV as long as I can get it. I think it is a great value. Good price, great quality, and I know I can trust SatelliteAV not to sell me cloned junk.
    Last edited by WesTheTinkerer; 01-05-2013 at 02:09 AM. Reason: wrong info

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    I always wondered how much of the dish was actually being illuminated by a regular LNB aimed directly at the center of the dish
    I think the equivalent is that of a normal offset dish with the same height. If the elliptical is 30 inches tall. the equivalent would be a normal offset 30 tall and around 27-28 wide.
    My 84e elliptical paled in comparison to my 30 inch offset dishes performance. That was until I put the proper feed horn/LNB on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaT Air View Post
    I think the equivalent is that of a normal offset dish with the same height. If the elliptical is 30 inches tall. the equivalent would be a normal offset 30 tall and around 27-28 wide.
    My 84e elliptical paled in comparison to my 30 inch offset dishes performance. That was until I put the proper feed horn/LNB on it.
    That was my guess. I did gut the old LNB out and bolted an LNBF to the back and it worked fine but I didn't get a better signal, just the same as the plain LNBF.

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    The feedhorn matches the elliptical dish.
    That's what you have to keep.
    There have been many discussions of more modern LNBs to bolt to 'em.
    Some have used the Dish Network bandstacked FSS LNB to good result.



    I'm currently looking into a way to mate up SatAVs PLL, but that involves machining, testing, and more brainstorming.
    Plus, cooperation of my tempermental Swiss machinist.
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    Last edited by Anole; 01-05-2013 at 01:02 PM.
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