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Astra 2D

dbolton

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Hi Question from a newbie I have just bought a decoder Telesystem DS 4.4 I am living in the north of Italy bordering switzerland (varese to be precise) I bought a 1 M dish from an installer new he told me that it would be more than sufficent to receive astra 2D. When i point it at the astra the sat finder gives an intermittent signal the decoder cant see any signal . The question is do i need a bigger dish ? and if so how much bigger. Thanks in advance.
 

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I would have personally thought that a 1m would be sufficient, are you picking up anything on 28.2?
 
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A 1 metre dish should be OK for Varese. But it might be easier to set up your dish with another satellite at 28.2 E.

Try setting up your receiver to search for an FTA channel on Astra 2A (for example, CNN at 12051 V 27500 2/3) and then try aligning your dish for a good signal.

Don't forget that dish elevation can also make a difference...
 

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I cant seem to get any signal on the decoder other than hotbird it seems to drown out everything else i am a real time novice here so i don't know what is meant by elevation as regards 28.2 the sat finder beeps intermittently when pointed but the decoder finds no signal whatsoever. Thanks a lot everyone i really appreciate the help



 

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I think that the problem here is not being on the satellite, Astra 28.2 is 15 degrees further round to the east and a few degrees lower on the horizon.
 

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I second Rolf and Roger-Roger's suggestions - 1m should do you there. I was considering sorting a FTA setup for my father-in-law just over the border in Lugano and I think 80cm should do *most* of the time. It just so happens that my f-i-l has a bloody big mountain in the way of his reception!
 

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Oh and where did you get your setup from? I should've looked when I was at the big IPER in Varese on Saturday :(
 

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I got the decoder from Trony in varese but they had no big dishes I was just lucky that the installer was in the shop finishing paperwork and he supplied me with cable plugs pole dish and lnb and stand for the terrace for €100
 

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Hi an update spoke to the installer and he says that if i use a 0.3 lnb instead of 0.7 i should be able to get the signal €58 for the lnb any suggestions anyone i really dont know if he just trying to sell me things he says a bigger dish would cost in the region of €400
 

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see what you get when pointing the dish at the right bird and then go from there......

I have an Invacom quad 0,3 btw (Zurich) on a 1 m dish (used to use 53cm Arcon successfully bar sh1te weather) and it's more than sufficient.
 

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If you are getting no signal at all, a 0.3 db lnb is unlikely to provide satisfactory results, you'd be better off asking the installer to align the dish for you.
 

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Hi I have got what i think is astra 2A all the channels seem to be that of 2A plus some extra I have BBC CI and BBC sw sky news itn news (and lots of encrypted channels all english) but the other BBC stations i can find I have tried changing the elevation and moving slightly but there is no difference any ideas how i might get the rest of the channels ? Thanks everyone once again for their incredible patience and help.
 

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You will probably need to add the transponders to the receiver, most standard lists seem to exclude them, you will find the details of the errant channels here http://www.lyngsat.com/astra2d.html
 

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Hey thanks everyone i have added all the transponders and i have all the channels one slight little problem is although the sat adds the radio stations when i look for them there are none available. I think it might be one of the setting that i put in wrong
 

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if you want the other bbc channels you need to enter the frequencies then youll be able to get bbc1 nw etc,bbc2wales,etc

TWAG
 

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Some sat receivers list the radio and TV channels separately, you may need to menu select them, or there may be a button on the remote.
 

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OK everyone once again thanks a million, Ihave everything sorted now I hope I can be as helpful to some one as you were to me Thanks again and no doubt i will speak to you all in another forum.
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