I was thinking of using a BSC621 C-KU-LNBF my a new 6 foot C band to get FTA signals. Will this work good? How does it work without a servo motor? Any special receiver needed? I was planning on getting a Fortec Star MERCURY II FTA receiver.
Oh ok thanks. I think later I will get a Ku band only if I have trouble getting Ku on the 6 foot dish. I had a 7.5 mesh but the years took the toll on it and I tore it down. I was never able to get Ku on it very good. I think my pole was a bit out of plumb. My new pole will be as plumb as my Dish Network pole is. Hopefully I will have better luck with Ku on it.Most folks seem to report success on C-band.
Well, for most things... not the hard-to-get transponders, but that's due to the dish size.
Some seem to have trouble getting Ku aligned.
I'd stick to a 36" or 1m dish for Ku.
The Mercury II should be a fine choice.
You'd need a Gbox or Vbox to run the positioner motor on the dish, if it has one.
Do a little research to appreciate the difference - it goes well beyond just price.
Oh, or maybe this motor, if your dish isn't too big 'n heavy.
It incorporates the necessary mount as well as motor.
Oh ok thanks. I think later I will get a Ku band only if I have trouble getting Ku on the 6 foot dish. I had a 7.5 mesh but the years took the toll on it and I tore it down. I was never able to get Ku on it very good. I think my pole was a bit out of plumb. My new pole will be as plumb as my Dish Network pole is. Hopefully I will have better luck with Ku on it.
Well I did receive Ku band for a while so..... but then it suddenly stopped working. C band worked up until I tore it down. Ku band just needs to be aimed perfect I think. My new dish will be solid. Its easier to put together. Sliding the mesh into the other dish was a pain. lolAs I recall, and I could be wrong, I don't think you can get use a mesh dish for Ku band; the reason being is that the frequency of the wave is much higher than C Band. Since the frequency is higher the wave lengths are shorter and thus much of the wave will pass right thru the mesh in the dish. One needs a solid dish to reflect the waves back to the lnb.
I think I like the latter option. What sorta bracket do I need to mount a Ku Lnbf next to one of the dual C band lnbfs?Both of the motors I mentioned above will need a Vbox or Gbox to connect them to the receiver.
This previous post may clear it up a little bit.
Be sure to check all the links - they are there to more fully explain the points.
The Fortec 6' dish will receive Ku band just fine.
However trying to get both bands on the BSC-621, may give you a bad case of gray hair!
A far less stressful solution, would be to strap a nice Ku band LNB beside your C-band LNB, and just move the dish a few degrees for your Ku satellites.
If you choose that direction, it opens up other choices for the C-band LNB, such as dual-output, or bandstacked (both are C-only), if you like either.
edit: I forgot to mention that you could use a prime-focus LNB, such as the one half way down this page.
If you are just experimenting, I'll wager whatever Ku LNB you have on hand will probably work well enough for you to get started.
This forum is full of all sorts of wonderful home-brew bracket ideas.
I've seen many unexpected items from the local hardware store, pressed into service to hold LNBs.
In particular, the conduit clamps at about $.70 each, are quite good.
How you grab the bracket, may be interesting.
If you are going to run the C-band LNB without the scalar, then strapping the Ku LNB onto the side of it should not pose much of a problem.
Maybe some spacers and tie wraps?
Iceberg has come up with many wood-block designs, often reinforced with duct tape.
This thread shows how to grab an LNB by the neck and mount it on a Phase III dish, with a couple of those conduit brackets:
I'm sure you'll come up with something far more inspired.
edit: sorry, you should use the scalar, of course.
I was thinking about another thread where the user had a 1.2m dish.
Will play around with my camera and see if I can come up with some thing to think about.
In the mean while, what do you propose?