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  1. Martyn

    Any chance at all for 58W 4160H on a mini-BUD? Has anyone been successful?

    NHK has a super generous amount of error correction making it probably the easiest transponder to receive on 58W. If you're going to catch anything from 58W, I'd bet NHK is it. NHK World English is 24/7 so tune for that. NHK Premium in Japanese is scrambled most of the time but unscrambles for...
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    New C-band satellites coming

    WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Eutelsat Communications will need one new satellite to continue to offer C-band communications services in the United States after the Federal Communications Commission auctions a swath of the spectrum...
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    AMIKO Amiko Mini HD265 and reboot on timer

    No. I thought power but it also reboots when using a USB stick, which is minimal power drain.
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    Eugene, FOX USVI is run by the same company that operates Fox Puerto Rico: Caribbean Broadcasting Network The stations are uplinked from New York and sent to the islands for retransmission. I haven't watched them in a while, but I seem to remember the 99W feed displays both station idents WSJP...
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    AMIKO Amiko Mini HD265 and reboot on timer

    Does anyone have an issue with the Amiko Mini HD265 where is rebooks itself upon a timed recording starting? I'm running the latest firmware and it happens every time. At first I thought it was PSU issue so went from a 12v 1.5A to a 12v 3.0A supply but no difference. The machine also has no...
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    FCC accelerates availability of C-band for 5G

    Media Contact: Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509 For Immediate Release C-BAND SPECTRUM WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR 5G SERVICES ON AN ACCELERATED BASIS Chairman Pai Welcomes Satellite Operators’ Decision to Choose Faster Clearing of Critical Mid-Band Spectrum -- WASHINGTON...
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    Telstar 12 Vantage from Miami

    The "temporary" referred to is about reception of the unscrambled signal. Right now it appears to be transmitting from the satellite without encryption, so a subscription isn't needed. This is quite common with pay TV channels and usually lasts a few days or weeks before they are encrypted...
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    4080 H - Galaxy 16 (99.2W)

    I remember them. I think it was Fox Syndication, not Fox network, and they played out the My Network feed too. Fox owns that network.
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    Actuator Miscounts

    It's quite simple. Suppose you've found 121W and your ASC1 says the count is 0320. Now, bump the dish to the west until you find a peak signal from 123W. Check the ASC1 and the count is, say, 0335. So 2 degrees was covered in 15 pulses on your system. To find 125W - another 2 degrees west -...
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    Homebrew Az/El controller using Diseqc motor

    Here's something I ran across on Twitter: PDF: It should be of interest to the more technically-minded on here, especially fellow hams. The basic box can be used to control a Diseqc motor and there are other configurations for...
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    Higher FEC Preventing Reception

    The meter that Titanium sells is great for this. You get all the measurements of the signal and it's great for peaking a dish. Also makes finding a signal super easy as you have the spectrum scope and you can easily visualize transponders from adjacent satellites and whether they might...
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    Higher FEC Preventing Reception

    Interesting discussion. I think FEC is too often missed in discussions about satellite reception. Unless I calculated it wrong, 1.5dB is about a 40 percent difference in signal, so it is quite a lot. Luckily, a 1.2m dish has about 40 percent greater area than a 1 meter dish. Less wasted...
  13. Martyn

    Anyone recognize these transponder?

    If you're on 180E, you can also find the France Televisions mux for the South Pacific. I got it a couple of years ago:
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    Problem with USB HDD on Manhattan receiver

    Thanks! I got an email from Jeff at Manhattan USA. I had no idea it turns out there are two companies sharing the Manhattan Digital brand. I don't think it's quite 10 years old. Are you confusing with the Starlight 6900, which looks different from the Starlight 6900USB? Anyway, Jeff reckons...
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    Problem with USB HDD on Manhattan receiver

    I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem with a Manhattan Starlight 6900USB receiver. We plugged in a 4TB hard drive and got "no device found" when we attempted to record. Reformatted from NTFS to ExFAT, same problem. So we tried a 1TB drive, NTFS and ExFAT had the same problem. Tried FAT32, same...
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    WB Affiliates on Ku-Band Satellite (1998)

    I encourage you to visit your library. The absolute best resource for this information isn't people working at satellite companies (who likely have no memory of operations 20 years ago) but materials written at the time. Some online databases, such as Lexis Nexis, will contain news reports and...
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    Problem to get 8PSK Freqs by DVB S2 Card

    What channels and what's the error correction? It might be that your dish is close to the lower limit and slight glitches than can be handled on other channels are vulnerable.
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    Do you remembered that day the Berlin wall can down on C and Ku back in 1989?

    Not the wildfeeds, but we had gotten a Sky satellite dish a couple of months earlier. They had only been on the air a few months and were among the first on the 16-channel Astra 1A satellite. Just before the wall came down four German TV stations began using it, so sitting in the UK we could...
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    What bird/TP to test H-265?

    I think the SES transponder on 101W, which carries NASA TV, is H.265/HEVC. The NASA-leased transponder on 127W is MPEG4.