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    FCC to sell c band spectrum

    on the other hand, those channels are not used much... 21-36 are very much in use, but I don't get anything on 14-20. I think those are supposed to be used for mobile DTV.
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    OTHER Splitter question

    I think it should also be mentioned that using splitters on satellite systems is a bit unusual, as the communication between LNB and receiver is bi-directional (voltage-controlled polarity, 22 kHz, Diseqc) and those commands by one receiver could conflict with another receiver.
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    New Dish

    ok now I understand. In theory, yes that should be fine, but any small inaccuracy in the geometry of that part or how it's mounted would have a big impact on the measurement. You might want to verify that what you measure there matches what you would get with a straight edge across the rim. If...
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    New Dish

    for the elevation, I think that's correct, provided that you verify that the pivot line is parallel to that square tube. For the declination (or rather the combination of elevation and declination), i'm not sure that I understand that red line on the second picture. But you could check it by...
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    Signal Quality vs. C/N

    It's a great receiver, no doubt. A bit complex for those who just want to watch TV, in my opinion, unless they are willing to spend some time customizing it. But for the enthusiasts like most of us, who are probably as much- if not more- interested in "what can I receive with this thing?" as...
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    Signal Quality vs. C/N

    we discussed the topic a bit on a somewhat recent thread: https://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/threads/db-and-ber-readings-compared-to-signal-quality.383637/#post-4399897 my take away is that the Signal Quality in % is relevant only within your receiver. In other word, on a given signal, one...
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    Eutelsat 8 West B

    probably quite difficult without a spectrum analyzer, but keep trying! It took me a long time to find 113W and 117W when I started in the hobby, yet they were there all along. Took me also a few days to find 30W. Like you said, it's not easy when there's nothing nearby as a reference
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    Eutelsat 8 West B

    exactly - Canal Caraïbes on 34.5W lower Ku is a French operator (with all the "regular" channels from France but also many channels from the Americas) that is aimed at the French islands in the Caribbean. Unfortunately it's almost all encrypted and while it's a subscription service, you need an...
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    FCC to sell c band spectrum

    Spectrum bandwidth is the gift that keeps on giving... In the near future the FCC will make a lot of $$ out of... nothing. And in 10 years when 5G is gone the way of MySpace and AOL, they can sell it again for $$$ and in 20 years again for $$$$, etc. And it's not like it requires repairs and...
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    Eutelsat 8 West B

    Good site! Quite similar to PortalEDS. Those 2 are great for those satellites that are receivable from here but are mainly aimed at the Latin American countries (a majority of the Atlantic satellites, really). Usually more up to date and more accurate than Lyngsat and other usual sites we use...
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    Eutelsat 8 West B

    Hmm, I certainly don't mean to discourage you from trying :) But you are definitely in a challenging location. Also, I'm not sure that we're looking at the same 14W or the same set of footprint maps, but on SatBeams.com it shows its Americas Ku foot print with a solid 48dBW here in Connecticut...
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    Eutelsat 8 West B

    i adjusted the actuator on my dish so that I could go further east. I was able to see a weak beacon on 8W and a very weak, barely detectable beacon on 5W. I could not see anything beyond that. Also the furthest East i'm seeing anything on the spectrum analyzer is 14W (the beacons are too narrow...
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    scored a free DISH TurboHd satellite dish! Any FTAers using one of these for anything?

    I have a TurboHD dish, it was originally used on the Eastern Arc (61.5, 72.7 and 77W). I removed the LNBF block and put in a regular linear LNBF with the typical metal and plastic bracket, and used a piece of PVC board to extend the arm. As for the result: Good for 95W Not good for 97W (I...
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    OTHER Old actuators and positioners

    the RC 2000C is a very nice unit, although not all that user friendly. I used a few of those in the 90's to track inclined-orbit satellites. I have another stand-alone positioner, the MTI 2800A. Very similar to the Arcfinder above. I was using it until a few weeks ago, and still keep it handy...
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    analog KuBand on 30w?

    as far as I know, the only Analog channels left are: - CSPAN on 131W C-Band. I'm able to receive it with my 10-ft dish - several Brazilian channels on 70W, not receivable in North America, as far as I know - I heard of some occasional feeds on C-Band on North-American satellites, but have never...
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