AFN Newbie

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pbart77

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Good evening,
I have some experience in Satellite from the military. I am looking for specifics for AFN and it is surprisingly not as easy to find as I expected. I am in Bangkok, and according to sat beams.com I can get Intelsat 18 at 38.2dbW with a 190 cm dish. The look angle is extremely low (1.5°) and I do not know if this is realistic. Also is there a difference in quality for LNB so I can maximize my signal quality?

Thanks in advance for the help!
 

Magic Static

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:welcome to the forum pbart77 . Unfortunately it would be unrealistic to pick up 180°E from your location. AT 1.5° elevation there is too much signal loss from the miles of atmosphere the signal traverses. You would need extraordinary equipment for that. Big bucks
 

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If you are no longer active military, DoD or State Dept., I don't think you can get an AFN decoder. At least not officially, so ensure you can get a decoder before you go to all the hassle of putting up a dish.

The North East Asia beam on Koreasat 113E doesn't cover Bangkok. One possibility is the direct-to-sailor service on 64E, but that only delivers AFN Prime, News and Sports.

There are a number of satellite TV dealers and retailers in Bangkok. Perhaps one of those can offer local advice.
 
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