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    Single Dish Feed

    ICEBERG: WOW. I did not realize I've been away for that long...
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    Single Dish Feed

    I was looking for as many feeds of "local" networks as I could find. It would take some work to get my C Band dish moving again but not impossible. When fully operational I would move the C Band between 99W and 123W. I'd watch the "networks" off the Puerto Rico/Virgin Island feeds on C...
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    Single Dish Feed

    I've been away from FTA for a few years. I recall that Galaxy 10R (123W) used to be the place to aim a stationary dish if you wanted some local channels. I had planned on installing a 36" dish before winter hit and checked where to aim. It appears most feeds like those found on G10R are not...
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    Big Dish conversion to digital FTA

    Here is my two cents on the big dish with analog receiver. It is MUCH easier to align a dish using an analog receiver. I still use my analog receiver to move the dish and make sure it is still "peaked" on the satellite position and polarity. I use two manual AB coax switches. One...
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    OTA HD with Dish/DirecTV Box?

    Some time back I read that the now defunct VOOM satellite receivers can be used to receive OTA HD broadcasts; as long as the tuner was activated before they went under. I've been reading claims but find it hard to believe that a Dish or DirecTV satellite box can be used as a terrestrial HD...
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    Questions on 4DTV

    I have a couple questions about 4DTV. I'm trying to find a replacement BUD receiver and figure I will go with a 4DTV unit. (My BUD receiver is mainly used to drive the dish mover and polarizer for my DVB receiver. Once in a while to view analog ITC feeds.) There are two main models I see; a...
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    local channels puerto rico

    I happen to watch the Puerto Rico channels for my CW, ABC, and FOX feeds. From the same transponder I also watch my NBC (Virgin Islands) shows. You will need a "big" dish as these feeds are on C-Band. When I say big I'm talking about 10 foot diameter. The basic of FTA receivers will work...
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    Glow in the Dark dish

    How about using glow in the dark paint and a fluorescent blacklight? A real nice "outdoor" blacklight can be had from a bug zapper. (If you are skilled in electronics and electrical devices you could disconnect the high voltage zap part if you desire only the light.) Glow in the dark paint...
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    Almost got my Christmas FTA project done :)

    Iceberg or others: I understand basically what you are doing. You have one toroidal dish that is 42x40" with a bunch of LNBs. I can figure out the switching of the different LNBs using some sort of arrangement of my own (so I'd hope). Here is what I don't understand. Maybe someone would...
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    Ready to Uplink a Wild Feed

    My complaint with ham satellites is it always appears to be the same few people on them. Maybe only a small segment has the skill or equipment. But even at a ham fest where this was being demo'd the guy never let anyone but his son play with the station. The times I've attempted to...
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    You Might Be A Satellite Pioneer...

    If you ever had to build your own positioner box using a transformer, bridge rectifier, and DPDT switch, you might be a pioneer. If you ever had to buy any parts for a satellite system from Radio Shack, you might be a pioneer. If you remember when Ollie and his daughter (???) sold LNBs...
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    The Tube NO AUDIO

    Lyngsat list The Tube as being at AMC 3 87W C-Band 4036 MHz. I have the dish pointed correctly and know I'm on the right satellite. With the Traxis 3500 I can program a new version of AMC 3 for C-Band and scan for transponders. Or I can manually enter a transponder and then scan it. In...
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    Second ebay bought reciver arrived

    I bought three receivers off eBay. The first two were used and very basic models (see my signature). The Samsung drove me nuts as I kept programming it based on Lyngsat information and THOUGHT I was doing everything right. This was my first receiver and my first attempt at DVB. Could not...
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    Dr. Who Feed

    I currently get the first season of Dr. Who via SciFi. A friend told me that the current season is being played in Canada and is available off satellite. Does anyone know if this is a FTA signal and if so, where it is located?
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    Which Ku FTA Receiver Brand Do You Prefer?

    My nickle's worth questioin. I've been dealing with the simple receivers mostly so I could get clean signals for the networks such as UPN, WB, etc. while enjoying other channels as well. When NASCAR is on NBC I can get a CLEAN signal of the race as well since my local of NBC is quite noisy...
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    Hair Brained Scheme II

    LNBf Info Thanks for the replies. I had assumed the 22k was a resistor for current limiting and not an injection tone. This is the MSR1500. I shall give the referenced numbers a try. I do know about the three zeros and have had this receiver working on a regular C/Ku "big dish" feedhorn on...
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    Hair Brained Scheme II

    I'm trying to add Ku to a 7.5' mesh dish with only a C-Band feedhorn. I tried using a DirecTV LNBf but was told that these are cicular polarized and not linear polarized. So I purchased a 0.3Ku "electronic" LNBf. Even with a LINEAR 0.3Ku I'm not getting anything from G10R. I get a signal...
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    Leo Laport makes mistake on Call For Help

    Where is Leo on now? I can't stand the G4 channel and I thought he was off that station. Anyway when Call For Help was on C-Band and was TechTV (or what ever it was called back in 1999) I hosted our departmental Christmas party at my house. (We work in the PC and Networking department.)...
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    Hair Brained Scheme for LNB....

    Even More Questions L = H R = V Okay, I'll give this a try. But does the device itself have to be modified physically? I recall there being an insert for the "big dish" feedhorns to convert Linear to Circular. How about the other way? Are the old DirecTV LNBf controlled by voltage or...
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    Hair Brained Scheme for LNB....

    Thanks for the repsonse. The mesh on this dish is the same size as mine and I receive Ku just fine. I have a Corotor II on my dish and am fully aware of changing the feedhorn out. But you bring up an interesting point; that DirecTV is circularly polarized. I had thought this to be true...
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