satilite tv

Alex Fraser beatnic at
Tue Feb 7 11:40:48 CST 2006

I just purchased a Pansat 2700A receiver. I'm awaiting delivery (oh boy 
a new toy!).
I will go through my back yard dish collection, get rid of the spiders etc.
I assume I have to make a mount of sorts, probably a tripod till the 
spring concrete season opens up. It wasn't really clear to me how power 
gets to the dish,  does the receiver inject a voltage into the coax or 
is this another component?
I just missed a
SG2100 DISH MOTOR with DISEQC 1.2  on Ebay (by $1.30 in last 5 seconds!) 
more are available though.  The same question on powering the motor, is 
it as simple as a  RG6  coax run to power motor and  the Dish?  You 
don't need an extra power supply?   The receiver is DISEQC 1.3  and the 
motor is DISEQC 1.2, I hope they are backwards compatible.
       How low on the horizon can you pick up the satilite?  I'd assume 
a bigger dish would help, but if they are beaming to Europe is there any 
chance you could gather enough radiation to get over the noise?  I guess 
I could pour liquid Nitrogen on the dish hi hi, but short of that  what 
is piratical?  I think when the growing season comes around I might just 
start a dish farm.

Robert Stratton wrote:

>On 2006-01-23 17:35, "Alex Fraser" <beatnic at> wrote:
>>A whole new wasteland to explore.....
>>How hard is it to aim the dish?  Are rotators expensive?  Can you use a
>>bigger dish to catch satilite where you ain't in their footprint?  Looks
>>like I'll be pouring some concrete in the spring. How far can you run
>>cable from the dish?
>It's a lot of fun. I became addicted to the hobby, especially DSNG (digital
>satellite news gathering) feeds after I put up my first steerable Ku-band
>Aiming the dish is a little more challenging than pointing a DBS dish. The
>main catch is that your receiver needs a current list of active
>transponders, and you need to remember to choose one (or more) of them for
>the particular satellite you're trying to sign in. If you imagine a thing
>the size of a school bus, 22,000 miles away, shining a spot light at your
>dish, you get some idea of the miracle you've accomplished when you
>successfully receive IA 5 (formerly Telstar 5) for the first time.
>There is a technology called "USALS" or "Goto X" in the DiSEqC dish motors
>(which run between $50-125). It makes this whole process MUCH easier. You
>simply ensure your pole is absolutely plumb, point the dish at your
>Southernmost satellite, and program your lat/long coordinates into the
>receiver. It will determine the arc for all of the other satellites with
>minimal tweaking. 
>You can also simply hand-steer (with the receiver's remote) the dish to
>satellites of interest and hand-store the specific satellite locations into
>the motor's memory locations.
>I'd strongly recommend something larger than an 18" DBS dish. You won't get
>very good results with anything under 76cm, as the non-DBS satellites don't
>have quite the EIRP that the Dish/DirecTV flamethrowers have.  A 1 meter or
>1.2 m dish will do very well for most Ku-band DVB signals destined for North
>You can go with a PCI receiver card, but there's something to be said for a
>basic FTA (free-to-air) MPEG DVB receiver when you're first starting out.
>It's nice to be able to drag the receiver and a small TV out to the dish
>location when you're sighting it in. Fortec Star is a manufacturer of some
>decent receivers. Pansat receivers are pretty good as well.
>If you're really into flexibility you might also look at the Dreambox 7000,
>a linux-based receiver. There are loads of user-contributed code loads and
>plugins (such as for web browsing and streaming internet audio) out there
>for it. It's not for the faint of heart or the complete newbie, but is very
>configurable. It's based on an IBM Power set topbox chip set.
>The folks at the MPEG/DVB forum are VERY helpful, and even
>have get-togethers on occasion  (which are streamed). You can learn a lot
>Some reputable vendors I've used for DVB or other Ku-band gear are:
>Tacos mailing list
>Tacos at

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