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  1. pacificrim

    Government of Canada C Band Survey

    I received an email today from the government regarding C Band TVRO use, with links to a survey and mention of a 2022 spectrum auction. Hello/Bonjour: Innovation, Science and Economic Canada (ISED) is in the process of collecting information on satellite dish use for the reception of...
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    Venture 24 actuator slack

    My 2 year old Venture 24" Actuator has about 2 "clicks" in either direction worth of slack. I have tried to search but haven't found much here on the subject of repairing excess travel in a Venture actuator. Any suggestions on repairing?
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    Solar Outage - As a pointing tool

    I was wondering what my furthest west satellite was, so today I looked up 177w in the solar outage calculator to see what time the sun would be at 177w - it listed it as 5:00pm for my location. At that time I swung my dish all the way until it was eclipsing the center plate. I then noted the...
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    New HTPC - Problem solved

    This week I assembled my new HTPC out of an old (2008) HP computer which I upgraded the CPU from a dual core 2.5 to quad core 2.8Ghz ($20 on eBay), added a GTX 1050ti video card and a TBS 8922 card running on Win10. I briefly tried several programs like AltDVB, DVB Dream, EBSPro, but I liked...
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    Corotor II servo alignment

    I just got a used Corotor II and hooked it up on the bench with my ASC 1. When turned to Horizontal it lines up to a probe support, but at Vertical it is off by about 10 degrees. When it stops a little short the servo motor continues for a brief moment even though the probe has stopped. That is...
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    Planning Corotor II install

    I just bought a Chaparral Corotor II on eBay - its in the postal system right now. It comes with Star Track C and Ku Lnb, but I have a couple commercial LNBs - 2x Norsat 8520 and a mystery LNB to pick from and a Norsat 6606Afor Ku, though I'd prefer to find a 4106A or something along its specs...
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    Waterlogged C1W-PLL

    My minibud LNB - C1W-PLL filled with water from the insane amount of rain we got yesterday. When it was at my house over the years I had the conical scalar covered in plastic to keep rain out but that didn't get put back when I put it on my workshop. Anyway, it is the most serviceable LNB out...
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    Last night's storm

    My new 10ft KTI fitted on the smaller mount made it through 9 hours of 50-70mph winds last night. It could have gone sideways as the elevation nut was mostly unwound this morning from the constant beating. At 49deg north there's not much thread left on the elevation adjustment. I've never...
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    Where are all the button-hook dishes?

    I have been reading the Coop's Satellite Digests that were posted up a while ago and couldn't help notice that almost all of the ads in the magazine from all of the various dish companies over the years were of button-hook models. The thing is that I never ever see them, or saw them installed...
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    Replacing 7.5ft with 10ft

    I knocked on a door today and got a free 10ft mesh - good shape with what looks like 1 partially torn panel. I don't have pics but will post some when I take it down on Saturday. My current 7.5 is a Unimesh. I'm not sure whose this is but I'm hoping I can mount the new dish on the existing...
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    OTHER Receiver for ACM audio

    I've been looking for an inexpensive receiver to get MC channels on 125w. I saw this on ebay but am unsure if the ACM reference is for an eye patch solution and not for ACM audio. Whatcha think? H.265 ACM DVB-S2 Digital Satellite Receiver Dual Dish Tuner IPTV LAN Youtube PVR | eBay I don't...
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    OTHER X2 M1HD Firmware?

    The X2 website links to the M1HD firmware are broken. Does anyone have firmware for this unit? I just fixed the STB I ordered last year - it was putting out 15.5 volts or so on vertical polarity, making it impossible to get vertical channels. I tossed it in a recycle pile for a year until...
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    OTHER ICECRYPT S3750CHD Satellite Receiver

    Has anyone tried the new receiver that Rick is bringing in? It reminds me a lot of the Amiko Alien 2. It dual boots Spark and Enigma2 but is 16APSK capable as opposed to 8PSK which the A2 was. Kind of a 'hacky' name for a legit box though -...
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    OTHER X2 M1 HD - Polarity Voltage Problem on Ku

    I'm about 1 hour into unpacking and testing a X2 M1 HD and the Cband side is great, but on Ku I'm getting voltage instability. The vertical voltage is in the neighborhood of 15.3v as measured from my AI S2 meter. The ASC1 does not know what to do with it, bouncing between H and V, but mostly H...
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    New (old) headend receivers

    I came home with some new old receivers last night from a headend getting decommissioned. One each of: GI DSR-410 Motorola DSR-4400 DX DIR-767 (same as DSR4400) Scientific Atlanta D9224 They all work. Not sure what good the 410 is if I can't update the maps. I'm reading up on that. I set up...
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    OTHER Got ACM?

    Other than the HDVR3500, what current receivers can tune ACM audio?
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    Bones of the forest

    I worked near these 2 today.
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    Solar Satellite Alignment

    It's still a couple days away from the solar outage period but when I came home late morning I could see my dish lining up with the sun. Its going to rain for another week, so today was my only close chance to see it. This was pointed to 107w. I know my Ku in the center is pretty much perfect...
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    FSTV still on 123w?

    I've been doing some tweaking on the Ku side of my 7.5' Unimesh and am getting great signals across the arc. From a C/N level I'm getting record levels in the 13-14 dbm ranges and even getting Reuters on 113w, which I am actually just outside the footprint for it. I'm seeing levels matching my...
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    18" Venture Actuator Issue

    Suddenly, today my ASC1 is complaining that the Soft limits in both directions are the same position. I did not set the soft limits and even resetting limits on the ASC1 did not resolve. Any other way to get past this? It is pretty much at the half way point. I have turned off the A2 and reset...