satellite television

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 14:43
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Trouble finding exact direction of satellite both Optus and pass 8 for select TV-------The clamps on the post were like alligator teeth so was either too stiff to turn or too sloppy especially if trying to set elevation at same time.
My solution (as I use tripod) was to make up a sleeve from wind up jockey wheel , the old one I had was U S , the top part fits over the tripod shaft perfectly so I drilled 2 holes in it--- welded 2 nuts and fitted grub bolts –I can now twist the dish easily to find the satellites and then lock into place. Setting the elevation I now do beforehand and have marked it on the degree as well.

Also found that Foxtel and select tv wont work on set top box I bought with kit so I use the one from home.
A good place for info about satellite use is-----FREE TO AIR SATELLITE FORUM ----AUSTEC forum is the one I use

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Reply By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:47

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:47
I was under the impression we needed a large dish (2m+) to receive free-to-air satellite TV in Oz, is that not correct?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:50

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:50
You'll get most with a 65cm but if the weather is not too good you'll get pixelation. I upgraded to a 85cm and very rarely get pixelation in bad weather for Austar or SelectTV.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:52

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:52
Thanks for that Leroy.

Can you receive the BBC and CNN with a 65cn dish?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Steve - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 17:40

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 17:40
Yep - I use my foxbox and a tripod.

Just about coming to grips with getting a signal. Everyone said it gets a bit easier each time - and so far that's how it has worked out. First time I was beginning to think the dish'd end up an expensive frisbie but think I'm getting there. Fingers x'd.

Leroy, do you find in certain areas you're better off with the bigger dish and does it make getting a signal (lining it up/tolerances) any easier?
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Follow Up By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:46

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:46
the one i bought was 85 cm and works fine
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Follow Up By: Steve - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:56

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:56
I'm sure it does but is it any easier to tune in etc????????????
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Follow Up By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 21:40

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 21:40
dishes they all work the same ---unless you know the elevation and direction of satellite you will get zilch --you have to be spot on
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 22:04

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 22:04
Mike,

You can get CNN, BBC etc...all the channels that are offered with either a Select TV or Austar subscription.


Steve,

I've set up a few dishes and bigger is always better but it doesn't make it any easier lining it up!

Leroy
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:42

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:42
Sounds like you might not be using a 'sat-finder'. These devices are almost foolproof and make the task lots easier. Link
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Follow Up By: Member - kevin Y (SA) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 21:36

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 21:36
yes satellite finder is needed ---and its great to hear it homing in with that squeal
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