Couldn't agree more; you may end up spending more money experimenting than by starting out with proven, quality equipment.I'd suggest that you budget for both a receiver and a serviceable FTA dish. Starting with a marginal setup may bring more frustration than satisfaction.
Good to hear you are making progress.I tried playing around with the satellite & receiver some more this afternoon with a much shorter cable & a old 13" TV I have that I had setup near the satellite dish. After putting in the information for Galaxy 19 into the reciever, I was able to get the receiver to detect five of the Galaxy 19 transponders & for the first time, the receiver did detect something on one of the transponders, but the signal was too weak (After this happened, the TV I was using started acting up, possibly due to having some moisture in it, so I had to go look for another small TV.). I think I may need to move the dish to another location.