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Hi Everyone,

I have a static dish pointing to 28.2 east with Echostar 707 FTA.
here is the image of dish itself:
http://medstud.pote.hu/~gh/dish/dish.jpg

I usually watch the channels on ASTRA2 (28.2E) but sometimes I'd like to tune into BBC News24 which is on ASTRA 1 (19.2E).
Usually I take a walk to the balcony ( I live in the 10th floor) with a wrench and make the adjustment manually. I heard there are ways to make it more comfortable with twin LBNs or motorized systems but I don't know how to start with such a project. I'd like to do it myself and would be nice if it won't cost too much :-) .
I'd be extremely grateful if someone could put me in the right directions.
Any comments would be warmly appreciated.

Best Regards
Péter
 

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Hi Péter, BBC news 24 is on 28.2 E as well, so no need to move the dish 10773 H SR 22,000.

You can of course get yourself an LNB arm and a DiseqC switch and switch between the two satellite, there is quite a lot of interesting programming on Astra 19.2.
 
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rolfw said:
Hi Péter, BBC news 24 is on 28.2 E as well, so no need to move the dish 10773 H SR 22,000.

You can of course get yourself an LNB arm and a DiseqC switch and switch between the two satellite, there is quite a lot of interesting programming on Astra 19.2.
I'm really sorry, it's my fault but I forgot to mention that I'm a native Hungarian and this country is far outside the narrow beam of ASTRA2D. So BBC News24 is as far as I know is only available to me on ASTRA 19.2E. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

Sadly I dont't know much about the technical details of DiseqC, how it operates and what are the prerequisites installing (preferably myself) such a device
I wonder if you could send me an URL or any document from I can learn more
about this subject.

Best regards
Péter
 
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DiseqC is really pretty straightforward Péter, it is merely a switching method. The diseqC switches available are normally 2 or 4 satellite, so you would connect Astra 28.2 to port A and Astra 19.2 to port B. You then go into LNB setup in your receiver menu and select Astra 28.2, then under the DiseqC section, call it A or 1, then do the same for 19.2, but call it B or 2.
 
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rolfw said:
DiseqC is really pretty straightforward Péter, it is merely a switching method. The diseqC switches available are normally 2 or 4 satellite, so you would connect Astra 28.2 to port A and Astra 19.2 to port B. You then go into LNB setup in your receiver menu and select Astra 28.2, then under the DiseqC section, call it A or 1, then do the same for 19.2, but call it B or 2.
Thank you very much for your helpful comments, I think you talked me into buying a DiseqC switch :-)

Regards
Péter
 
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Hi Bachopin

Here is a picture and information on DisecQ switches
http://www.dmsiusa.com/diseqc_switches.htm
Also a picture and information about a double LNB holder here
http://www.targetweb.nl/txt/tx28234.htm
I am sure that a satellite dealer in your country will be able to supply you with the necessary equipment.
You will obviously need extra co-axial cable and connectors for the second LNB, do not forget to seal all your joints so that moisture does not get in.

gmbp

PS nice picture of your dish
 
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rolfw said:
DiseqC is really pretty straightforward Péter, it is merely a switching method. The diseqC switches available are normally 2 or 4 satellite, so you would connect Astra 28.2 to port A and Astra 19.2 to port B. You then go into LNB setup in your receiver menu and select Astra 28.2, then under the DiseqC section, call it A or 1, then do the same for 19.2, but call it B or 2.
Hi Everyone,
Sorry for the long delay in my reply.
I'm going to buy a DiseqC switch with cables which should be quite straightforward hopefully.
The only dilemma for me is what kind of LNB should I use for the second head. Is there anything I should be aware of when I buy one ? I mean anything to look for in the technical specifications of LNBs.
My offset antenna is 60cm - and I got all ASTRA 2A signals without problem - but I don't know the current technical spec. of the LNB being currently used - I found nothing relevant to it on the head.

Thanks again for all who replied to my question - you all helped me a lot !
Best wishes

Péter
 
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Any reasonable quality Universal LNb should do Péter, on looking at the LNB arm though, you may need to make adaptations to a standard offset, unless they make one specifically for that dish.
 
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BBC News is not, as far as I am aware, available on Astra 19. BBC World is, but it is not the same as BBC News on Astra 28.

You probably know that anyway Peter. Good luck with your project.
 
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