smallest size dish for 58W satellite

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  1. minjoke

    minjoke Thread Starter Member

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    I live in eastern Pa. What would be the smallest dish I can use to get 58W intelset 9 7/8 fec signal? TIA
     
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    I use a 10 ft. Maybe a member in that part of the country gets good results with something smaller. But for me, the I'd want the biggest, within reason, I got room for. If it's something that you want to have dependably, why risk getting just a marginal signal?
     
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    I easily get everything on 58W with a 1.8m (6') dish. To be fair I've got a relatively high-end feed and LNBs on it, and it is carefully adjusted. Looking at the numbers, a 1.2m (4') might get some of the stronger, lower FEC feeds, but probably not the one you're looking at (it would be helpful to know which transponder you're after).
     
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    7/8 FEC?

    6 foot MINIMUM...and thats pushing it
    8 foot recommended

    The 7/8 FEC feeds need more signal to stay stable over the normal 3/4 FEC feeds

    what channels are you looking to get?
     
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    Of course we all would like to have the biggest dish that could fit/be acceptable, however OP asked for the smallest dish that would do the job. I've found that make/break for people getting into C-band often revolves around the size of the dish. I wouldn't want to mislead someone into thinking a 1.8m would get every tough feed out there, but I also wouldn't want to discourage someone by insisting they must use a larger dish when a small one would suit the purpose.

    58W is probably our most favorite bird and we keep our 1.8m on it almost all of the time. Its 7/8 FEC transponders are a walk in the park for us, and we have a fair amount of link margin - between 1-2 dB in the worst cases. The only time we have had reception problems in the past couple of years is when the dish got iced up and covered with snow. If only the lower third was covered, everything still worked fine.

    I should point out we're near Denver and 58W is only at a 24 degree elevation, meaning our 1.8m is picking up some thermal noise from the earth. In PA the elevation is going to be more like 40 degrees, which should help reception. In terms of 58W's power contours, Denver probably receives a bit more power than PA, but the difference is probably on the order of 0.5 dB.
     
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  6. minjoke

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    arirangtv
     
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    I know the bigger the better in the BUD`s world, but I have to think about my neighbor.
     
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    That's a pretty hot transponder. You should have no problem on a 1.8m.
     
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