Smallest C-Band dish capable of receiving Intelsat 34?

johnnynobody

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You guys got me looking more closely at footprints. In the past I bought 12 footers for C-band but it looks like I need an 8 or 10 footer. It would save me a lot of money to downgrade and still get everything I want on a viewable arc. Or just keep using my hail damaged 12 footers since they seem to be pulling in the signals.
 

Titanium

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Most dish size charts provide the minimum size based of a full transponder at average modulation, power and FEC.

Narrow bandwidth, more aggressive modulations, high FEC and lower link budget calculations require larger and higher efficiency reflectors. Rejection of adjacent and terrestrial interference also increases the target transponder's CNR.

If a portion of the C-band spectrum.is auctioned off, expect more aggressive modulations and higher FEC rates. Certainly won't be sorry to have a larger and more efficient reflector and feed.
 

johnnynobody

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Most dish size charts provide the minimum size based of a full transponder at average modulation, power and FEC.

Narrow bandwidth, more aggressive modulations, high FEC and lower link budget calculations require larger and higher efficiency reflectors. Rejection of adjacent and terrestrial interference also increases the target transponder's CNR.

If a portion of the C-band spectrum.is auctioned off, expect more aggressive modulations and higher FEC rates. Certainly won't be sorry to have a larger and more efficient reflector and feed.
The bigger the better but then cost comes in to play. Just going from the 10 foot TEK mesh to a 12 foot TEK mesh is a big jump in money (about $1000 difference). Finding a used 12 footer in decent condition (and nearby) is very difficult to come by. And the larger the antenna the tighter the beamwidth which makes it difficult to align the dish. I don't want to have to go back to doing alignments like I did back in my 6 meter Ku band days. Too bad so many people abandoned ship and went to the pizza dish services or cable.
 

johnnynobody

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I think I'll get the wife an 8 footer and a 12 footer for me. It would be nice if everything got moved to Ku but I'm not holding my breath.
 

MikeI

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12 footers are out of stock on that website. I'm looking at one myself to replace the 10 footer.

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johnnynobody

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12 footers are out of stock on that website. I'm looking at one myself to replace the 10 footer.
It looks like the prices went up since the last time I looked (about a year ago). That's kind of strange considering that not many people are going to want to spend that kind of money on a "non-essential" item with so many people out of work.
 

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