Astra 2D in Canary Islands

cheekymonkey

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3 smallish dishes andaccess to 1 very big one.(7w, 13e,19e, 28.2e, 27.5w)
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I have a 3.7m prime focus dish from DH with an Invacom c120 quad and universal feedhorn. Until recently I was getting the 2D Horizontals 24/7 and the Verticals most of the time. Recently the signal has been breaking up late at night. Have replaced the LNB and then reset skew and focal length etc (however only had a generic receiver to check strength/quality as sat meter not working.
Generic receiver showed 35-40 quality and ss of 60ish.
Noticed feed horn was bit corroded and does have a small flat on the outer rim of about 2cm long (may have been there some time though...perhaps installer dropped it). Scraped the horn clean a little but no improvement. Do not have a replacement feedhorn at present so any hints as to how to try to get the signal up a little.

So far have adjusted skew, moved feedhorn around in mount to see if it is lined up centrally and tried altering focus length by up to 20mm in and out.

Have pulled on the tensioning wires etc to see if it made even a slight difference.....nothing.
 
BLUEPLATINUM

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Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
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cheekymonkey said:
I have a 3.7m prime focus dish from DH with an Invacom c120 quad and universal feedhorn.
That is a huge dish - I am not aware of anyone else regulary posting who has a dish of that size in the Canaries. It is generally accepted here that we do not receive 2D Verticals. Most people have 2.4m Channel Master offset dishes or 3.2m prime focus. Good luck.
 
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Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
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You really need to get a meter on it. What is your location?
 
cheekymonkey

cheekymonkey

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New meter ordered and on its way....hopefully will get this thing working properly and wifey can have her ´im a coronation eastender dancing in the jungle
 
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stringinteger

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I have a Satcatcher Digipro Excel-TV meter, I am living in Betancuria Fuerteventura and can give you a helping hand if want.

I have just installed a 3.7M (well 12' actually) dish just waiting for delivery of a new feedhorn.
 
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divibi

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stringinteger said:
I have just installed a 3.7M (well 12' actually) dish just waiting for delivery of a new feedhorn.
Is the DH 12' dish a single, solid piece, or 2 or more parts to be joined to form a dish? Congratulations on receiving both polarisations of 2D !
 
Huevos

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divibi said:
Is the DH 12' dish a single, solid piece, or 2 or more parts to be joined to form a dish? Congratulations on receiving both polarisations of 2D !
It's one piece spun.
 

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cheekymonkey

cheekymonkey

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3 smallish dishes andaccess to 1 very big one.(7w, 13e,19e, 28.2e, 27.5w)
TM 5402hd,dm500s,vu+solo, pc,laptop,tablet,smartphone. Smartmeter S1 (since someone robbed my satcatcher excel tv mk4)) emitor micro HD. very old promax explorer
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Mine probably was one piece once but it looks like someone cut it in half then put it back together....Definately not machine cut...more like a jigsaw!
 
cheekymonkey

cheekymonkey

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3 smallish dishes andaccess to 1 very big one.(7w, 13e,19e, 28.2e, 27.5w)
TM 5402hd,dm500s,vu+solo, pc,laptop,tablet,smartphone. Smartmeter S1 (since someone robbed my satcatcher excel tv mk4)) emitor micro HD. very old promax explorer
My Location
Canary Islands
Fitted new invacom quad and c120 adjustable feedhorn. Got a Lacuna meter and have tried to optimise on the 2d transponders. Shows some improvement and horizontals seem fairly stable (do have some rain fade but only to be expected I suppose)
Verticals still not quite 24/7 but probably good for about 20 hours or so. Just need a good receiver now (SD as not going to play with HD yet) so might order a technomate 5200 and see if that can hold up the verticals. (current receiver is unknown (possibly strong or clone) and about 7 years old.
 
Huevos

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cheekymonkey said:
Verticals still not quite 24/7 but probably good for about 20 hours or so. Just need a good receiver now (SD as not going to play with HD yet) so might order a technomate 5200 and see if that can hold up the verticals.
If you are almost getting those channels 24/7 a Pace 2600CI (not a DS430N) will make all the difference.
 

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davidgarcia

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Hi,
Where can I get a viewing card for Sky in Fuerteventura? Tel:REMOVED By the way, I have a1.2m dish, and I cannot receive Euronews in Sky.

Please do not post phone numbers or email addresses in open forum.
 
satelliteman

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As this is in the Astra2d fringe section, might be worth mentioning that programming on the 2d spot beam will not be received using a 120cm dish.
 
milestone 11

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Motors TV and ESPN Classic gone now.
 
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milestone 11 said:
Motors TV and ESPN Classic gone now.
They are both on Eurobird 1 and there seems to be problems with a couple of EB1 frequencies atm.
 
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milestone 11 said:
Motors TV and ESPN Classic gone now.
Working fine here.
 
satelliteman

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milestone 11 said:
Motors TV and ESPN Classic gone now.

Working in PB, Lanza on a 135cm which is close enough. A problem your end I'd say.
 
trigger

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FTE Mini S2T HD Analyser
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satelliteman said:
Working in PB, Lanza on a 135cm which is close enough. A problem your end I'd say.
Confirmed same in Puerto del Carmen.
 
milestone 11

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Thanks all. They're back now.
 
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milestone 11 said:
Thanks all. They're back now.
Did they just return?
 
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andymo

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If i had known something about this sooner?lol
 
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