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Ultimate Geek

#55736 8-Jan-2010 12:44
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Is there anyone getting a signal off Intelsat 5 @ 169 deg E:

It appears from the attached link that a dish of 100 - 125cm will suffice (C band).
Is this dimension based on a solid dish or on a mesh dish?

How much bigger a mesh dish has to be to get the same signal as a solid dish? Double? There are 2.2m mesh dishes on TradeMe from time to time (apparently used for chinese sattelites).

I would be interested to add "Australia Network Pacific" and "BBC World News" to my FTA package. Looking through the TV schedule, they both have a decent number of documentaries. If someone is watching these, do you find them worth to get? (I am not comparing them with the Sky documentaries, of course...)

Can I use a 22kHz tone switch to switch from the C band LNB to the Ku band LNB I am using now to get the Optus D2 @ 152 deg E? I believe this will not raise any problem.

Thank you.

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Master Geek

  #288107 8-Jan-2010 12:57
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I believe it is possible - hope so as it is on my list. See this page.
Good luck!

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Uber Geek


  #288110 8-Jan-2010 13:04
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there are replies on here which cover a lot of this already, but in a nutshell...

you should be able to get IS5 using a 90cm solid dish, ideally 120cm would be more reliable though.

a setup like this would probably work best.

I personally haven't done this, as I can't justify the cost, or have the space for another dish right now...

have a read of this thread, covers it all -


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Master Geek

  #288292 8-Jan-2010 21:28
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Yes you sure can switch with the 22 K tone, seamless. I can install or supply if you are interested, option of 120 cm Offset with Conical C band feed and space for 4 more Ku Band LNB'S , or prime focus 120 cm ground or roof mounted.

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