Satellite TV Systems

We are about to tow a Caravan to various parts of australia and given our previous experience/ frustration with TV reception are considering purchasing a Satellite TV kit.

I have spoken to a company based in Melbourne and they have suggested a system with a 80cm dish, is this over the top or would a 55cm or 65cm do the job

Cheers TexasH
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 20:15

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 20:15
The absolute smallest you can get a reasonable signal is 60cm (a pay TV dish). This apparently will do most of Aus. For reliable reception all over Aus a 75cm is recommended. One of the popular ones measures 75 x 85cm (elliptical).

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Reply By: landseka - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 12:12

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 12:12
I would go with the 80cm (I did) as you will still have signal in rain and wind (just when you want tv as you can't go outside) when those with a 60cm will watch pixels.

The 80 will also be much easier to align the satellite which is good news for a novice.

If you spoke to Satplus then heed their advice they are one of, if not the most 'user friendly' companies in the business. (IMHO)

Of course you will buy a VAST decoder as analogue will be turned off this year I believe.

Cheers Neil
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 17:18

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 17:18
Go with Sat Plus , you will find them very easy to deal with.

This site

I purchased mine as a complete kit and it worked without me having to get any help at all. One just follows the instructions with the kit.


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Reply By: Smouch - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 19:38

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 19:38
80cm dish would be the go as mentioned less rain fade. More margin on the signal.

Another cheap opption if you only wanted to watch ABC & SBS one and two which you can pick up in serveral different time zones is a cheap FTA sat receiver and line it up on Optus D1 at 160degs. East.

There is a couple of other FTA channels around to. The very good Al Jazerra English (just like CNNI) on Optus C3 at 156degs. E. or the excellent Russia Today English on Optus D2 at 152.E Great doccos and commentary on those 2 channels. There is truck loads of other channels up there, if you know where to look and point, but most not in English.
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Reply By: TexasH - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:33

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:33
Appreciate the excellent feedback guys,
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