3 Small dish array to get FTA programming

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I have access to several old "dish network" dishes. If I were to replace the LNB's on the units, Would it be possible to combine signals from 4 small (18 inch) dishes to get FTA broadcasts?
What kind of "combiner" should be used?
How would they be joined?
Would the "phase" be right?
Thank you,
Paul
 

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This interesting subject has been covered in an earlier thread. Basic answer to your first question is, in theory, 'yes' but, in practice, 'no'.

Also note that 'only' four 18 inch dishes together wouldn't deliver that much more signal, the combined area only corresponds to that of a 36 inch dish.

Off-topic: Do you know if Bell ExpressVu can be received in Florida? How big a dish is needed and do you get all the channels (Left and Right-hand polarized) on both satellites (Nimiq 2 @ 82°W and Nimiq 1/3 @ 91°W)?
 
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