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  Reply # 491526 9-Jul-2011 22:12
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SBS
Whenever there is an outage of reception from a satellite, and it is over a long time, it pays to send an email to the satellite TV station technical department informing them of the outage. Think, how would anybody say in living in Australia would know that you are not getting the satellite signal. It does take much a bump to shift a satellite footprint from 40,000 miles away. Once the satellites TV station technical department knows what is not going on, it is just a matter of remotely steering the satellite beam and focusing the footprint on the desired area.

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  Reply # 491545 9-Jul-2011 23:44
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I'm sure SBS will get right on it if it gets an email from a NZ viewer.

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  Reply # 491567 10-Jul-2011 05:47
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password1: Grrr, just me then. Signal disappeared mid week and hasn't come back. Can still tune my Nova-S cards into it, but simply no picture. Rapidly losing WAF.

Has to be something specific to your setup, as you note ... others in Wellington are back OK ... and definetly everything OK here.

Ive got Nova-S cards as well .... are you running multiple?  If so, try forcing it to use one or other ... if only a single ... maybe try another card from somewhere.  An old SkyStar one I was using just suddenly stopped a while back. 



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  Reply # 491605 10-Jul-2011 10:51
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password1: Grrr, just me then. Signal disappeared mid week and hasn't come back. Can still tune my Nova-S cards into it, but simply no picture. Rapidly losing WAF.


Seems quite the coincidence that your card would die at the same time? I would think that is pretty unlikely. Any chance you changed your settings on the SBS transponder? Are you still picking up Freeview from that card? 

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  Reply # 491616 10-Jul-2011 12:15

paulus: SBS
Whenever there is an outage of reception from a satellite, and it is over a long time, it pays to send an email to the satellite TV station technical department informing them of the outage. Think, how would anybody say in living in Australia would know that you are not getting the satellite signal. It does take much a bump to shift a satellite footprint from 40,000 miles away. Once the satellites TV station technical department knows what is not going on, it is just a matter of remotely steering the satellite beam and focusing the footprint on the desired area.


I think the point here is that we're not the intended customer! SBS Tasmania is only on the NA/NZ beam of Optus D1 because of a lack of space on the NA and NB beams (the Australia only beams).

There is no steerable beam on Optus D1 for this! Check out Optus to see the beams for yourself: http://www.optus.com.au/aboutoptus/About+Optus/Network+Coverage/Satellite+Network

Does anyone know if the SBS signal is DTH for Tasmania (direct to homes) or is it just a linking feed to another transmission site?




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  Reply # 491630 10-Jul-2011 13:00
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password1: Grrr, just me then. Signal disappeared mid week and hasn't come back. Can still tune my Nova-S cards into it, but simply no picture. Rapidly losing WAF.


Seems quite the coincidence that your card would die at the same time? I would think that is pretty unlikely. Any chance you changed your settings on the SBS transponder? Are you still picking up Freeview from that card? 


All good questions. I got a new dish and lnb installed last weekend. I re-tuned the nova-s cards to 10750 LOF1 etc, and pick up 100+ channels, mostly sky ones. Same as usual. Was able to get SBS initially, but it disappeared mid week and hasn't come back. Freeview is perfect.

I've lots of different LNB skew settings. I've taken out the splitter and routed the cable directly to a single card. Nothing has worked. I had set the htpc to record last night's Tour de France stage, and it got a very brief signal (couple of images), which must have been while I was twisting the lnb with all my might.

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  Reply # 491634 10-Jul-2011 13:06
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hdinsider: Does anyone know if the SBS signal is DTH for Tasmania (direct to homes) or is it just a linking feed to another transmission site?

I don't know for a fact, but I've always assumed it was the DTH service for Tasmania. I can't see any other sensible explanation.

I guess we're lucky in a way that they have regional advertising, or SBS could just transmit on one of the Australia-only beams.

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  Reply # 491675 10-Jul-2011 16:05
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oh I'm silly. Checked the skew aginst the recommendations for the type of LNB shown on the freeview.co. nz website. Set it to around 8 o-clock as recommended, and hey presto good SBS coverage again. I had been adjusting the skew only between 5 and 7 oclock last night. Crisis over, just in time for the mountain stages.

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Wannabe Geek


Reply # 491911 11-Jul-2011 10:39
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i fear some of the readers are having trouble withe SBS because of dish adjustments

 

It pays to check your satellite dish is still perfectly tuned into SBS.  Make sure your satellite receiver transponder list has 12,648 vertical, 12600 vpid settings.  On these settings, using a satellite finder, while using vertical polarization then adjust the elevation of the dish until you receive maximum smoke readings and then bump dish sideways, backwards and forth also for maximum smoke readings.  Because of the shape of the dish, I have found the Vertical setting adjustment may differ quite considerably from the ideal Horizontal settings as set up by the installer.  Unplug the dish finder, now while watching the TV set, skew the LNB to the left until you lose the picture, place a pencil marking on the LNB, likewise do the same by skewing the LNB to the right until you lose of the picture.  Adjust the LNB between the two pencil markings and that is it.  Take no notice of any markings on the LNB.  If in doubt, use a 90 cm dish.    




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  Reply # 492067 11-Jul-2011 14:16
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"Smoke readings"???

That's a new term to me.

Still, I guess smoke signals are digital.

Hmmm - maybe the problem is that we should be using ashtrays and not dishes - it's been said before!

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