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Well, had to treat myself to one of these, with a Norsat 8115 C band LNB, will treat myselft to another Norsat C band soon. I have done a 'Frankenstien' mod as some guys in the US have done on there Bullesye to get a Universal LNB in the mix for Ku Band.

It is a superb preformer to get every last drop out of my 1.8...P1010001.JPGP1010002.JPGP1010003.JPG
 
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Picking up the MENA beam off 26E with this beast..P1010004.JPG
 
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Well, had to treat myself to one of these, with a Norsat 8115 C band LNB, will treat myselft to another Norsat C band soon. I have done a 'Frankenstien' mod as some guys in the US have done on there Bullesye to get a Universal LNB in the mix for Ku Band.

It is a superb preformer to get every last drop out of my 1.8...View attachment 125380View attachment 125381View attachment 125382

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Great pictures and a very nice feed arrangement, that ADL unit is top quality, there are very few hobby DX'ers in the UK with a feed arrangement of that class.
 
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A very nice setup / arrangement indeed .... Well done .
A good result re the MENA transponder.
 
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A very nice setup / arrangement indeed .... Well done .
A good result re the MENA transponder.

Yep thought the same Nelson - especially when you look at the guidance footprint for roughly where Chris is located
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26° East Mena beam..JPG
 
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It might have had a wobble, Stephen was reporting reception on a 1.2 in I think Bavaria yesterday too. Will check later to see if these are still receivable.
 
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It might have had a wobble, Stephen was reporting reception on a 1.2 in I think Bavaria yesterday too. Will check later to see if these are still receivable.

.. Just had a check on my 1.2 Gibby with the Octagon PLL Chris and no sign of sigs off the MENA beam. I have interference off 28.2°E & 23.5°E at around the MENA frequencies due to beamwidth of the Gibby. Iv'e got a Octagon PLL mated up to a Precision PF feed so will sling that on the 2.2 PF. it will be offset by a few deg but the narrow beamwidth of the 2.2 should help me a bit with the intereference.
** Also --- we are a lot further North than the Southern people Chris which does not help us much.
 
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.. Just had a check on my 1.2 Gibby with the Octagon PLL Chris and no sign of sigs off the MENA beam. I have interference off 28.2°E & 23.5°E at around the MENA frequencies due to beamwidth of the Gibby. Iv'e got a Octagon PLL mated up to a Precision PF feed so will sling that on the 2.2 PF. it will be offset by a few deg but the narrow beamwidth of the 2.2 should help me a bit with the intereference.
Did have a quick look this morn before work and it was a no signal then.....
 
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.. Just had a check on my 1.2 Gibby with the Octagon PLL Chris and no sign of sigs off the MENA beam. I have interference off 28.2°E & 23.5°E at around the MENA frequencies due to beamwidth of the Gibby. Iv'e got a Octagon PLL mated up to a Precision PF feed so will sling that on the 2.2 PF. it will be offset by a few deg but the narrow beamwidth of the 2.2 should help me a bit with the intereference.
** Also --- we are a lot further North than the Southern people Chris which does not help us much.


Aye, us folk down Saaarf seem to have a slightly better chance with the MENA beam from the 26.0 East cluster.

I have attached two pictures below that shows the signal levels I got a month or two ago with a Precision 2.0m dish. The Badr-4 frequencies have been deleted from the table as they present no challenge to a UK DX'er.

If the MENA beam signals have increased in strength recently then I might try a repeat scan to see if I get any improvements on what I recorded a month or two ago?



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26.0E Chart (Excluding Badr-4) v2.jpg
 
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MENA beam still coming in well on certain transponders still....P1010005.JPGP1010006.JPG
 
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Another MENA off 26EP1010009.JPG transponder receivable tonight, been a bit of Camal racing on....
 
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Another MENA off 26EView attachment 125445 transponder receivable tonight, been a bit of Camal racing on....



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The frequencies you have picked up are on the MENA beam from Badr-6. If you are not getting anything from Badr-5, Badr-7 or Es'h-1 it might suggest that any signal level increase is confined to Badr-6?
 
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Oooh, wonder if there was any punting on it?


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The frequencies you have picked up are on the MENA beam from Badr-6. If you are not getting anything from Badr-5, Badr-7 or Es'h-1 it might suggest that any signal level increase is confined to Badr-6?
MB, no nothing off the others, so you could be right with your theory...
 
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Another MENA off 26EView attachment 125445 transponder receivable tonight, been a bit of Camal racing on....


... the Ku section of that Bullseye feed / dish / rx is really working well :Y .... I stuffed an Octagon pll up the spout of my 2.2 Cband throat and although i could see an improvement of the MENA signal levels i still couldn't get a lock - (didn't spend any time fine tuning the focal point though as it means raising the structure up and down)
 
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Oooh, wonder if there was any punting on it?
Yer never know!


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The frequencies you have picked up are on the MENA beam from Badr-6. If you are not getting anything from Badr-5, Badr-7 or Es'h-1 it might suggest that any signal level increase is confined to Badr-6?
 
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MB, no nothing off the others, so you could be right with your theory...


... Can you have a look at 11.941 V (26°E Badr 4) and tell me what you see and roughly what signal level
 
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... Can you have a look at 11.941 V (26°E Badr 4) and tell me what you see and roughly what signal level

I was getting 14.2db on 11938 V from Badr-4 if that is the same transponder?
 
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... Do believe so MB, up to 11.7 dB from 1.2 Gibby straight into Promax at the moment
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Update re Badr-6 MENA Beam:

I re-scanned the Badr-6 MENA beam transponders today and obtained improved results compared to my scan of a few months ago. It certainly seems as though the signal level of the Badr-6 MENA beam has increased.

I managed to lock several transponders that I had previously failed to lock, notably 12456H, SR27500 and 12476H SR27500. For anyone in a UK location wishing to try to lock some of the frequencies from the MENA beam of Badr-6 it seems a good time to have a try, just in case the signal levels drop back from their current levels.

Attached below is a small table presenting the Badr-6 MENA beam scan results and a couple of channel pictures. The "Inv C120 Scan 2" column is today's scan result, the column to it's left is the previous scan of several months ago.


26.0E_Badr-6_MENA_20190713.jpg



26.0E_20190713_12456H_SR27500.jpg



26.0E_20190713_12476H_SR27500.jpg
 
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