Smallest C-Band dish capable of receiving Intelsat 34?

sabustapes

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Hi everyone!

New to the forum and satellites in general so bear with me


I would like to get a satellite for picking up Intelsat 34 55.5w.

Could you guys possibly help guide me into what my smallest option would be? I would prefer not to have to get a 10 foot dish if possible.

I was looking at maybe:

1) 180cm (6ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish at Tek2000

or

2) GEO SAT PRO 1.2 Meter Satellite Dish w/ some kind of conical sealer ring for c-band?

No idea if I am on the right track or if there's a much better option. I'd just hate to buy this without a good idea if it will work.

If it helps, I am located in Westchester, NY just north of NYC.

Again, forgive my lack of knowledge!

Thank you in advance!
 

FTA4PA

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Hi everyone!

New to the forum and satellites in general so bear with me


I would like to get a satellite for picking up Intelsat 34 55.5w.

Could you guys possibly help guide me into what my smallest option would be? I would prefer not to have to get a 10 foot dish if possible.

I was looking at maybe:

1) 180cm (6ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish at Tek2000

or

2) GEO SAT PRO 1.2 Meter Satellite Dish w/ some kind of conical sealer ring for c-band?

No idea if I am on the right track or if there's a much better option. I'd just hate to buy this without a good idea if it will work.

If it helps, I am located in Westchester, NY just north of NYC.

Again, forgive my lack of knowledge!

Thank you in advance!
Welcome to Satellite Guys sabustapes! I have not tuned this in a while but I can say that I used to get it reliably here in Central PA on an eight foot mesh dish from Tek2000. Satbeams shows us to be in the same part of the beam so your reception should be similar to mine.

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I thought I saw a post where someone had used a six foot solid instead of a mesh dish but can't seem to find it now. Perhaps a member who is using a six foot will comment and confirm reception/location in footprint. :)
 

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The fourth of our Intelsat EpicNG next-generation high throughput satellites, Intelsat 35e delivers high performance
services in C- and Ku-bands. Its unique payload of C-band wide- and spot-beams enables higher efficiency and improved
throughput for demanding applications including wireless backhaul, enterprise and mobility services in regions where
weather patterns necessitate use of highly reliable C-band spectrum. The Intelsat 35e Ku-band services include a
customized high power wide beam for DTH service delivery in the Caribbean, as well as services for mobility and
government applications in the Caribbean, trans-Europe to Africa and the African continent.

C-band Key Parameters
Configurable Capacity:
112 (in equivalent 36 MHz units)
Polarization:
Circular – Right or Left Hand
Typical Coverage e.i.r.p. Range:
Spots: 42.6 up to 54.6 dBW
Global: 33.6 up to 37.1 dBW
Typical G/T Range:
Spots: 3.6 up to 12.6 dB/K
Global: -8.0 up to -4.5 dB/

Ku-band Key Parameters
Configurable Capacity:
39 (in equivalent 36 MHz units)
Polarization:
Linear – Horizontal or Vertical
Downlink Frequency:
10.95 to 11.20 GHz and
11.45 to 11.70 GHz
Typical Edge of Coverage e.i.r.p.:
Caribbean: > 47.4 dBW
Europe/Med.: > 45.4 dBW
Africa/Europe: > 47.1 dBW
Uplink Frequency:
13.75 to 14.50 GHz
Beam Peak G/T:
Caribbean: up to 10.6 dB/K
Europe/Med.: up to 11.3 dB/K
Africa/Europe: up to 5.1 dB/K
 

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I have a SAMI 7.5ft dish with a Titanium C-band PLL lnbf on it, and I have no problems receiving it in the mid-Michigan area.

Now, that all being said, a 10 footer is better, and you might get enthused enough that you'll want to receive things that are best done on a 10ft dish...
 
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VictoriaFTA

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What are you trying to receive on 55W? Some tps are stronger than others

CGTN mux might be receivable on a 6 footer, it's pretty strong

I'd advise at least 8 feet if you want all transponders on the sat
 

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I'm just looking to get this:

55.5° W
Galaxy 11/Intelsat 805
3962 H
DVB-S2
(8PSK)
6600-3/4
WWE Feed
Specialty
6.0-MPEG4
1080-HDTV
FTA
2
200
4:2:0
201 -(English)
United States
North America
70 %
(2.4m dish)
7.9

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I just bumped my 10ft SAMI over to 55.5W and I am not getting anything on that frequency/polarization/symbol rate. I see that it was originally posted on TVROSAT over two years ago. Either it is not up 24/7 or perhaps it is not there anymore. :(
 

VictoriaFTA

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That is where they backhaul the international feed of RAW/Smackdown on Mondays & Tuesdays

The quality is poor compared to their domestic backhaul on 87W/95W/99W (it varies which sat they use each week but they usually use 95W) but I'm sure the quality is acceptable to most since it's ITC

I'll check it out on Monday and see what signal I get on my dish
 

Brct203

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Hi everyone!

New to the forum and satellites in general so bear with me


I would like to get a satellite for picking up Intelsat 34 55.5w.

Could you guys possibly help guide me into what my smallest option would be? I would prefer not to have to get a 10 foot dish if possible.

I was looking at maybe:

1) 180cm (6ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish at Tek2000

or

2) GEO SAT PRO 1.2 Meter Satellite Dish w/ some kind of conical sealer ring for c-band?

No idea if I am on the right track or if there's a much better option. I'd just hate to buy this without a good idea if it will work.

If it helps, I am located in Westchester, NY just north of NYC.

Again, forgive my lack of knowledge!

Thank you in advance!
Hi Sabustapes

that specific WWE feed might be a bit challenging as it's 8PSK. This said, Int 34 is quite strong in our area (I'm near Danbury CT). I have a friend in Shelton CT who watches RTP on that satellite with a 6ft Winegard dish. But the thing is that are many variables, some channels have stronger signal than others, the modulation and FEC play a big role too.

so my answer to your questions would be:
1.8 meter - maybe - just maybe
1.2 meter - almost certainly not, at least not reliably

Also a 1.2 meter would probably get some interference from 58W (smaller dishes are less "focused" on their target and it's worse in C-Band than in Ku-Band)
 

sabustapes

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Thank you all for the responses.

I think I'm not going to take the risk on the 6ft and will instead look at the 8ft.

Would the Tek2000 "240cm (8ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish" @ $1,500 total with add-ons and shipping be my best bet for value for the money? Any other options I should consider?
 

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Thank you all for the responses.

I think I'm not going to take the risk on the 6ft and will instead look at the 8ft.

Would the Tek2000 "240cm (8ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish" @ $1,500 total with add-ons and shipping be my best bet for value for the money? Any other options I should consider?
The best option would be if you could find an older used dish in your area for free or cheap. It will be made better than the imported dishes. :) But yes, if you need to buy one then you will likely not find a better price as the other option would probably be commercial dishes that will be several thousand dollars. :eek:

Which options were you getting that bring the total to $1500? I see the base price for the dish is now $599. Wow, I think I paid about $300 when they first came out. :(

EDIT: Just checked my records and it (dish with polar mount) was $425 with shipping.
 
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sabustapes

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I'm going to keep an eye on Craigslist for the next few weeks and see if anything pops up.

These are the options I picked, honestly not sure if I need all of this?

Edision OS mio 4K UHD
$189.00

50ft Coaxial Cable (Low Loss RG11)
$50.00

50ft Positioner Cable (16 AWG)
$40.00

SuperJack C-Band Dish Positioner
$115.00

30-inch HARL Regular-Duty Linear SuperJack Actuator
$129.00

Linear C-Band Dual Output (Wimax) LNBF
$49.00

4ft C-Band Dish Pole (In Ground)
$159.00

240cm (8ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish
$469.00
 

FTA4PA

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I'm going to keep an eye on Craigslist for the next few weeks and see if anything pops up.

These are the options I picked, honestly not sure if I need all of this?

Edision OS mio 4K UHD
$189.00

50ft Coaxial Cable (Low Loss RG11)
$50.00

50ft Positioner Cable (16 AWG)
$40.00

SuperJack C-Band Dish Positioner
$115.00

30-inch HARL Regular-Duty Linear SuperJack Actuator
$129.00

Linear C-Band Dual Output (Wimax) LNBF
$49.00

4ft C-Band Dish Pole (In Ground)
$159.00

240cm (8ft) C/Ku-Band Prime Focus Mesh Satellite Dish
$469.00
Wow, certainly adds up quickly doesn't it? Personally, I would get the Edision Mio 4K from Titanium Satellite. It is $14 less, ships free and you will get excellent customer support if you run into any issues. I would also suggest substituting an ASC1 mover in place of the SuperJack VBox positioner. The latest VBox models were having quality control issues. This may have been resolved but I would not take the chance. The ASC1 is heavy-duty and built to last. They are $180 but you can get an open-box unit from him that will still be guaranteed for $135. As of posting this he has 4 in stock. :)

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I second buying the MIO and ASC1 mover from Titanium Satellite. Likely better support for the MIO, and better quality for the ASC1 mover (along with support). You also do NOT need Rg-11 cable for only 50ft. Go with a quad-shield full copper RG-6 (good for up to 250 - 300ft at least). If you look around, you can likely buy an entire 500ft (500)! roll for the same price. Then you can run spares out to the dish, in case you want to easily change options, etc. Believe me, you do need (want) spare coax runs!
 

primestar31

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Oh, and if you are on Facebook, check Facebook Marketplace for used dishes. There's usually plenty available all over your area! You likely can find a usable dish for much less money. IMO, do NOT pay more than $100~ or so for a 10ft dish. IF you find a pristine or near pristine one with good actuator and such, you can always consider spending a bit more.

P.S. Do NOT mention a price FIRST. Do anything you can when talking to the seller to lead HIM into throwing out a price. Then you'll find out how serious he really is. Anything crazy, don't say a word, just start walking away while shaking your head. Sometimes that does wonders in turning around crazy expectations of recovering the money they spent 30 years ago for the dish!
 
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FTA4PA

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I second buying the MIO and ASC1 mover from Titanium Satellite. Likely better support for the MIO, and better quality for the ASC1 mover (along with support). You also do NOT need Rg-11 cable for only 50ft. Go with a quad-shield full copper RG-6 (good for up to 250 - 300ft at least). If you look around, you can likely buy an entire 500ft (500)! roll for the same price. Then you can run spares out to the dish, in case you want to easily change options, etc. Believe me, you do need (want) spare coax runs!
Good catch - I didn't even notice he was pricing RG11 instead of RG6. :rolleyes:
 
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also, the positioner cable might not be the best choice.. I might be mistaken but I think that when I had looked into it, it was 4 wires within a shield. That would not be good as you need the motor wires to be outside of the shield. The main reason for having the shield is to avoid interference on the sensor wires as they could mess up the pulse count. A big source of such interference would be the motor wires. What most of us use is low-voltage 12 or 14 AWG wiring like landscape wiring, and shielded alarm cable. Easy to find at the big chain hardware stores or online.

For the LNBF, my choice would be the Titanium PLL LNBFs
 
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