smallest C-BAND dish

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I have been looking at some footprint charts on lyngsat and investigating (google) some C band dish size discussions on the net... it appears that people have picked up C band channels on a 36 inch dish with a C band LNB...

From what I read - there seems to be many birds with muxes that are doing better than a EIRP of 40... which translates to a 36 inch dish ?

are my assumptions true ?
 
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the eirp maps on Lyngsat you have to take with a (big) grain of salt. They are not always accurate. There are spots on the maps that with KU I should be able to get with a 24" dish only to not get squat :(

Can you get C-Band on a 36", 39", 40x30 primestar? yes. I've done it before
http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-air-fta-discussion/130619-mini-bud.html
Can you get a couple of the really strong channels? yes
What size dish will get you alot more? 4 foot minimum for some of the not so strong signals, 6 footer for 98% of the stuff up there

some threads on the subject
http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-ai...-one-meter-primestar-mini-bud-experiment.html
http://www.satelliteguys.us/fta-shack/164132-early-spring.html
http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-ai...prime-star-offset-scaler-ring-cband-lnbf.html
 
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From what I read - there seems to be many birds with muxes that are doing better than a EIRP of 40... which translates to a 36 inch dish ?

are my assumptions true ?
Yes...and no.:confused: While technically you could pick up the stronger signals on a smaller dish, it's adjacent-satellite interference, that would make trouble for you. The larger dish can "pinpoint" a single bird with much more accuracy. There are plenty of excellent discussions on the forums, where members have done C-band on smaller dishes. If you try it, I recommend at least a 1.2 meter dish. But a 6 foot minimum to get most of what's up there, enjoy!:)
 
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Excellent news... looks like its worth to have some fun with the 36 incher and see what C band I get... my goal is to reduce the amount of motor movements I need... and using small fixed dishes takes up much less room than a bunch of 6 and 8 footers... have to see what comes in strong enough first and then decide on the best fixed approach

thanks for the info
 
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