Satellite TV setup - help!!

Submitted: Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 08:40
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G'day all, I have just purchased a satellite tv setup second hand, supposedly complete - what do I need to do to get it operating to receive the commercial channels mainly & maybe foxtel. The unit is a Strong SRT 4664X set top box with a Hills Gemini Satellite Dish, it has a Optus Digital Satellite smartcard in it a well. Any help would be greatly appreciated, regards, norm
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Reply By: K&FT - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 09:34

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 09:34
G'day aussiedingo,

It goes like this mate, The strong box you have will not receive the new VAST digital service. You will need a VAST certified box for that, like an Altech or Satking.

The rest of the gear may be ok. You may need to change the LNB to a 10700Mhz one and a digital satfinder will assist in aiming at the correct satellite.

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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 09:54

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 09:54
Gooday,
There is another brand used by lots of Caravaners I know, 'Humax', seen to be preferred to Altech, which we have as it was the only one available then, (about 3 years ago), believe you can record a programme on it at the same time as you watch it.

Do your homework before you leap.

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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:26

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:26
Take a look at Access Antennas, they are really helpful and they ship Australia wide.

http://www.accessantennas.com.au/perth-discount/vast-satellite/vast-receivers1/

The SatKing DVBS2 800CA VAST Satellite Receiver is very good, it is both 12v and 240, you can plug in a USB stick to record programs as well.

http://www.accessantennas.com.au/perth-discount/vast-satellite/vast-receivers1/satking-dvbs2-800ca-vast-satellite-receiver-box/

If you want to watch Foxtel, you will need to take the Foxtel box you have at home, with you and you will need a small inverter to run it. If you want to record some shows on Foxtel, you will also need a dual LNB.

To find out what the settings are and the location of the satellite, download and install Wiki Camps onto your phone.

Or you can buy something like "the Marriage Saver"

http://www.accessantennas.com.au/perth-discount/satellite-products/satellite-alignment-tools/satlink-rv-caravan-satellite-alignment-meter-with-digital-screen-display-built-in-rechargeable-battery-12v-car-charger-and-240v-cable/
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 13:32

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 13:32
If the diameter of the dish is less than about 750mm its not worth having as it will resrict reception .

Also the balun will probably be the wrong frequency for Vast so if you paid more than $20 it might be a waste.
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Follow Up By: D-MaxerWA - Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 21:10

Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 21:10
Anyone want to buy a pre VAST Humax box for $19.99? PM me :)
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 21:57

Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 21:57
No its too light for a boat anchor. The LNB will be the wrong one for Vast as well. Just chucked out one of them for that reason Only about $15 worth though.
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Follow Up By: D-MaxerWA - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 22:52

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 22:52
So.... how about $14.99
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 17:48

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 17:48
Sounds like you have baught something that will not do what you where expecting.

As has been posted, to recieve the current so called "free to air satelite" service "VAST" you need to have a vast certified reciever, with an activated card fitted.

If you wish to recieve Foxtel, y posted u will need a foxtel reciever with an activated card fitted.

No ya cant do both in one reciever.

The reciever you have may allow you to recieve a number of freely accessable satelite channels ...... but nothing you would normally expect.
If you are into christian or ethnic television you may find this interesting.

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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 17:57

Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 17:57
You just got stung. That setup went obsolete a couple of years ago. You would be better off dumping it and buying a new VAST system. Access antennas in Perth specialise in these systems.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 13:27

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 13:27
Don't dump the lot, just the box and maybe the LNB. Cables and Dish should be fine.
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