Getting into FTA... help me finish my system

Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by cpalmer2k, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. cpalmer2k

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    Well after being on the fence for years I'm finally making the plunge and getting into FTA satellite. Back many moons ago I had an old C-BAND dish in the analog days. This is back when the satellite guides actually printed lists of "wild feed" times and dates in their magazines lol!

    Based on my research and talking with several of you I've come to several decisions, but still want some advice. Basically I want to be able to pick up raw news feeds of political events from some of the CNN, FOX and CBS raw channels others have mentioned briefly, as well as some of the radio feeds available at 105. Getting some high school sports and raw feeds of other events would be a nice bonus. It looks like 87, 99, and 103 are home to the largest concentrations of these feeds? Are there any other major ones I"m missing? I've got to get out this weekend with the dish pointer app to make sure I can get a line of sight on all the birds I'm interested in or the project won't be worthwhile.

    After researching various options I've decided to go with a 2.4m Prime Focus Mesh dish. I do live in a neighborhood but the back of our land is covered in trees, so with that and a new fence we're putting up this summer shouldn't have any issues hiding a mesh dish from view enough to get by. I'd love to go with a solid model, but really need it to blend in better.

    Based on advice from some who have tested out the radio muxes on 105 I've been told the Edision OS mio 4K DVBS2X STB is the best receiver to use for those because it can accurate scan in the massive groups of stations on those that others miss. My only concern with this is I see nothing about DVR with that unit? Is there a better receiver available for receiving/recording the KU/C-BAND TV feeds?

    I welcome any advice/suggestions anyone can offer.. My main goals are to be able to schedule and record the types of feeds I mentioned with a reliable receiver that interfaces well with the dish positioner so it can move itself around as needed based on the recording schedules.
     
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    I would also include 91 as a target. Lots of sports feeds, especially on the weekends.

    I think you'd be happy with at least a GeoSat Pro 1.2m dish. It would easily tune all the satellites and feeds you are interested in :)
     
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    Can that handle the c-band radio feeds on 105 though? We literally have no sports radio stations around here and virtually all our talk stations are AM so picking those up is a big want on my list
     
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    Are you thinking of a dual C/Ku? You will miss a lot of news and sports feeds if you can't get Ku.
     
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    Yes, I'm planning to go with a dual C/Ku LNB.
     
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    I'm just passing on the advice that was given to me when I planned to get a 8ft (7.5ft) dish - "get a 10 footer".

    2 years after putting up a 7.5' dish I was replacing it with a 10', as others here (Primestar) predicted I would.

    With the corotor II C/Ku and good quality LNBs I get everything in both bands.
     

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