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    Cheapest AC3 Decoder I've found.

    Hello all, Back when I used to hang out in these parts, a perennial question was where to get an AC3 decoder on the cheap. That's why when I saw a killer deal at woot.com I figured I'd stick my head in and let you guys know. Complete 5.1 surround system including receiver, sub and...
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    Fixed dish bang for the buck

    Assuming a fixed 36" or 1M dish, how wide an arc could it effectively cover with multiple (Ku) LNBs? My sister should be getting her FEMA trailer this week but the cable company says they won't have service restored in her area for about 6 months. I have a few fixed dishes that I could give...
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    Good Shooting Tex

    After fighting the saga of the HH90 and the Winegard 76cm (they don't work together) I was getting annoyed at the whole thing and near ready to take my brand new Fortec Classic NA and throw it in the lake. Tonight, I figured I HAD to do something with that new toy, so I took a (twin LNB)...
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    STABed in the back by an HH90

    GRRRR I swore I would do my whole install without asking for help. I didn't get very far. I'm hoping some of you old timers have an easy solution to this problem because all the ones I've thought of are a pain. The pic attached should be basically self explanatory. If it isn't, that's a STAB...
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    DiSEqC options with Dish Pro 500 and 2 other dishes.

    (Before I knew they were mostly worthless...) I scrounged 2 Dish 500 dishes that say "DP PRO" on the LNB cover. I've also manged to dig a 90cm dish and a 76cm dish out the post Katrina rubble. I'm counting the hours until installation and here is what I'd like to do. I'd like to put the 90...
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    A Sad Story.. With a Happy Ending

    Well the story starts sad enough. Down here in a Katrinaville (New Orleans) we have these monsterous debris trailers all over the place hauling storm debris. These things can haul as much as 2 or 3 dump trucks at a time. Today while waiting for the wife to come out a store, I spotted a debris...
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    What we should do with hackers...

    I know this idea will be shot down --for obvious reasons-- but it will at least make for an interesting 1 day discussion. The standard response to hackers around here is to close the thread and ban them. That is an effective technique but not nearly as much fun as I'd like to have with them...
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    Cheap FTA PVRs?

    So I'm reading Iceberg's previews of the Pansat 6000 and it seems like it is the perfect device for me.... until I see that price tag. I'm spoiled getting PVRs for free from D*. So a little research lead me to the GeoSatpro DVR1000ci which can be had -sans HD- for 200 bucks. I've got hard...
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    So I picked up the Yellow Pages...

    I decided to call around and see if there were some local dealers who did FTA. Here is the rough transcript of the first call: Me: Do you guys sell KU stuff? Him: Sure, plenty of it. Me: Do you carry the Fortec Classic NA? Him: Yep, 105 and I have plenty in stock. Me (channeling...
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    Too many Fortec Choices

    I hope someone can deconfuseafy me. After much reading I've figured out that the Fortect Lifetime Classic apparently has a more customizable blind scan than the Fortect Liftetime Ultra and that is what most people prefer. Just as I was about to squeeze the trigger, I see the Fortec Lifetime...
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    Receiver of Choice for MicroBudding?

    I'm starting to narrow things down and and figure out what my first setup is going to be... The last choice, and obviously the biggest, is receiver. The game plan is (subject to change) to install the 1.2 over the Christmas holiday with a C Band ASC-421 LNBF and a cheap (existing) KU LNB...
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    MicroBudding with a dinged 1.2M (and bonus question)

    So I got a 1.2M fiberglass dish today... The price was right but it was sorta dinged at the top. I can straighten it up and back it with a fiberglass patch to hold it right... The question is, am I wasting my time or is it ruined? I know the right answer is "throw it up there and see if it...
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    Can an LNB survive being submerged in flood?

    Here's the $20 question of the day. We have a ton of -shall we say- "retired" dishes in New Orleans. I started to snag a D* dish the other day, not for the dish, only for the LNBs. Then I noticed the scum line was above the LNB. So it sat underwater for a week or more. They are meant to be...
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    Various questions about Sat stuff in Hurricane Katrina zone.

    OK so the subject is non-descriptive but I could not do any better. As many of you know, we had hurricane in New Orleans that has screwed up nearly every bit of infrastructure we have. Installation/repair times are insane. You can count on a 3 month wait for a phone line or DirectTV etc. We...
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