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Topic # 136628 3-Dec-2013 18:45
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Fancy helping a non geek who hasn't gone onto freeview yet? I'm looking at a cheap recording decoder.  I like the functions of the Dish TV satellite receiver S7070R but don't fancy the cutting out due to bad weather that satellite is notorious for.  I was wondering if the diplex would allow me to connect to UHF.  Or is there a cheap UHF decoder that records from the EPG?  Cheers

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  Reply # 944930 3-Dec-2013 18:57
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I'd simply just make sure your dish is properly set up. A 65cm dish should almost never get rain fade, it's plenty big enough, and should only be notoriously bad if not set up properly. Dishes can move with time due to wind and ground movement, and may need to be re-aligned if rain fade is a regular occurrence.

A diplexer allows you to run both the sat and UHF signal down the same cable, but doesn't allow the same receiver to decode both - the signals from each are quite different.

There are some cheaper UHF recorders out there - are you in a UHF area, and do you have a UHF antenna at the moment?

Is your TV capable of receiving Freeview?

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  Reply # 944936 3-Dec-2013 19:18
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don't fancy the cutting out due to bad weather that satellite is notorious for

Really? I've got a standard Sky installation and I've only seen rain fade twice this year.
If you are in a Freeview Terrestrial are then it's best to go with a UHF recorder so you can record and watch in HD. Satellite Freeview is all in SD.
Plenty of recorder units available but my prefence is for Panasonic. More expensive than most but you get what you pay for.
And yes a diplexer will combine sat/sat or sat/uhf. However many satelllite receivers/recorders will have a loop out so you just plug the co-ax from the dish into one unit and loop out to another (cascade connect). No need for a diplexer then. Find your preferred recorder first then sort out the connections.

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