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# 17632 5-Dec-2007 11:35
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Hi all. Was feeling sad and depressed because I couldn't get my new Skystar 2 card to pick up any channels. Went outside before to see where i would do all my wiring (currently have a satellite cable running through my window), looked up at the sky dish and LOL! The LNB had fallen off the top of the dish. Made my day knowing there was a reason why my Sat card couldn't pick anything up. Any way, now knowing that my prob is the LNB and that I WILL have to go up there to fix it, is it possible to have a dual LNB and a single one up there getting 3 different sats (optus d1,c1 and b3). From what I read on here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/BarTender/3970 the dual LNB (which I don't have) picks up D1 and C1, can i have that in conjunction with my single LNB and one of the LNBs receiving B3 as well? I also plan to split the satellite signal 3 ways. 1 goes upstairs to my skystar 2. 2nd goes into a tv room downstairs that won't have a STB in it but is just there if needed. And 3rd is in my tv room downstairs that will most likely have a Dreambox 500S clone :-) I currently have a 2 way sat splitter which is currently doing nothing which i'll use for the mean time.  I also have access to a satellite finder thanks to my neibour buying one at a dick smith sale some time ago :-) Oh, i also have about 20 meters of satellite cable which i got for $1 at a school fair!!! Just mentioning this to let you know that i have enough equipent for all of this :-) Only need to buy some satellite F-Conector plugs and dual LNB oh and 3 way spitter. Will I need to do anything liike discq ( I really know nothing about this right now).

Thanks for the help.

Matt

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  # 98313 5-Dec-2007 13:03
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Yes you can get 3way LNB holders to see 152,156 and 160E (ie B3/D2, C1 and D1), however unless you are using a Sky dual throat LNB you will need a 85cm dish or greater to use either a dual or triple LNB holder as two or three standard LNBs side by side are not close enough to work with the shorter focal length of a 65cm dish.

Once you do have them all together to feed one STB you will need a three or four way switch, (three way are not common) and these only come in disqec control form. If you want to access any LNB at free will with more than one STB then you will need dual output LNBs with either two 3or4way disqec switches or more sensibly a multiswitch.

In my personal opinion unless you speak another language or are religious (or the evangelical american type) there is nothing really worth watching on B3/D2, and the ABC and SBS on C1 carry no more exciting programming than TVNZ.

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  # 98360 5-Dec-2007 17:05
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I have 3 LNBs on a DIY holder. See my site (links below). I can't remember when I last tuned in to B3, but hey it was a fun challenge getting all 3 up and running. :-)




 
 
 
 




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# 98364 5-Dec-2007 17:38
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Hey mcraenz,

yeah I'd already been looking at your site all afternoon :-). I'm highly impressed with your set up. Its what I've dreamed about doing but never gotten around to doing it. LOL love the HVC box. I have to go out soon so I can't say much right now except that I've spent the after noon at my sisters house (was setting up her wifi) and took my pc around due to her having an unused sky dish that I could try my card out on. Her dish has the oval/dual LNB that most of the more recent sky dishes have. I managed to get the freeview channels in DVBViewer but couldn't find channels in any other software. Also didn't have any idea on the config for getting the other satellite the LNB is on (its B3 isn't it? or is it C1?) I couldn't get any channels in either Progdvb or AltDVB. Havn't tried any of the other software out there yet but will do later.

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  # 98405 5-Dec-2007 19:16
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Her dish has the oval/dual LNB that most of the more recent sky dishes have. I managed to get the freeview channels in DVBViewer but couldn't find channels in any other software.



The oval LNB has a LO of 10750, all older Sky LNBs are 11300.

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  # 98528 6-Dec-2007 12:41
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mattie47: Also didn't have any idea on the config for getting the other satellite the LNB is on (its B3 isn't it? or is it C1?) I couldn't get any channels in either Progdvb or AltDVB. Havn't tried any of the other software out there yet but will do later.


You need to put a 22Khz tone down the wire to get to C1 (not B3/D2),  most STB's have a setting for 22Khz On or Off, normally it's used to switch Universal LNB's between the Hi and Low Frequenceis, however most LNB's in NZ aren't Universal Ones, so they ignore the 22Khz tone and none of the Satellites in this neck of the woods transmit on the lower frequencies. The only thing you will pick up without a valid Aurora card is the Optus C1 Tuning info on 12407 V, which after a few mins get's pretty boring :).. I havn't ever managed to get anything other than that, but would love to get Al Jazeera English, but it's not transmitted in NZ :(. Check out C1 on Lyngsat: http://www.lyngsat.com/optusc1.html





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