Astra 2F: Central & East Europe Discussion

Luxlizard

Luxlizard

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150 cm dish >freesat humax foxsat hd+ I use daily
An old sky.uk pace digibox I use sometimes to watch non-freesat channels
90 cm dish >Pace hd for My Sky Italy
humax combo 9000 (terrestrial and sat)
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Bologna-Italy
But no signal at all from chan 5 ,at 15 CET
 
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tothbros

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My Satellite Setup
150cm Gibertini, Andrews (CM) feedhorn, LNB: C120 flange Invacom QDF-031, Sky+HD box
My Location
Budapest, Hungary


a friend of mine in eastern hungary had a lot of success with a 4 meter dish receiving all the 2f uk beam tp's, 24/7. the only this is that since the last few weeks he had to readjust the dish within a 24 hour period for optimised reception - he even figured out a clever motorised solution for this.
these are his latest results (+pics of his rather impressive dish park ;)
http://i.imgur.com/sV5RBve.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sV5RBve.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/UhYT7KC.png
http://i.imgur.com/3gzTYZa.png
http://i.imgur.com/YXDOTbg.png

he can even receive some of them with his 240cm dish, of course, with more moderate results.

another interesting fact is that in budapest, which is in the middle region, more to the west, results are much weaker...
 
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Robinson74

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Motorised dish 45E - 30W, Clarke-Tech ET9000
My Location
Poland
Real beauties.
So this is not your garden but your friend's in eastern Hungary?
And you are saying that the reception is better towards the east than in Budapest?
 
Captain Jack

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Wow, nice dishes. What are you using to display those signal graphs with?
 
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tothbros

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My Satellite Setup
150cm Gibertini, Andrews (CM) feedhorn, LNB: C120 flange Invacom QDF-031, Sky+HD box
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Budapest, Hungary
Real beauties.
So this is not your garden but your friend's in eastern Hungary?
And you are saying that the reception is better towards the east than in Budapest?
yes, it is his garden and yes, it definitely seems that - for some strange reason - the reception is better east...at least at that exact location. i guess we are so far off, a few km's make a big difference, blind spots, hot spots...
 
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tothbros

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150cm Gibertini, Andrews (CM) feedhorn, LNB: C120 flange Invacom QDF-031, Sky+HD box
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Budapest, Hungary
Wow, nice dishes. What are you using to display those signal graphs with?
there's a feature in his coolstream hd receiver, and then he uses a telnet command to capture the image
 
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drhans

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C-band: CM 240cm PF 34W-50W linear Avcomm feedring & OMT + 2x Astrotel Precision LNB & circular Avcomm polarizer + Zinwell LNBF, IRTE 180 cm 1W-34W + ESX241. DM820HD, VU+ Zero, DM500HDv2, Cisco D9865 AFN, TBS 5925 & 6983, XFinder
My Location
Prague
Finally got a chance to install a Fortecstar 2.4m to check the 2F signal in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Fortecstar 2.4 is a crappy dish. Probably not even as good as an average 1.8m offset dish would be. But it was just so cheap.
Anyway, I managed to get all the 2F transponders 24/7 including light rain with the only exception of 11023 H. Although the measured signal is about the same as the other transponders, 8PSK makes it unstable, breaking up in rain and even with clear sky at cerain hours.
What's also interesting is that Vu+ Solo2 manages to deliver stable 11023 H picture while it already breaks up heavily on a DM500HD.
I measured the signal only with a DVB2000 Nokia9600 and Vu+Solo2. 2F UK spotbeam frequencies range from 42-48% on Vu+Solo2 (breaking up at 44% for DVB-S2 and at 36% for DVB-S). DVB2000 shows "44-4A" on DVB-S TPs.
 
Captain Jack

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Dr Hans! I miss reading your pages....

Nice review of this dish - surprised you're getting such good results on it though.
 
DX Excalibur

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3.0m PF dish C&Ku band 103E-40.5W/1.4m PF 75E-37.5W, DM 500HD,TBS 5925/6903
My Location
Ro, near Bucharest
Sorry if this is offtopic, can somebody confirm that all transponders of Astra 1N PE beam were down at 19:30 UK time for 3-4 minutes ?
Now I see some transponders on Astra 2A with low signal.
 
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cazhh

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Laminas 180cm, Invacom Quad with Gib Feedhorn, 28.2 + 19.2, dreambox & tbs5922
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Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein
Sorry if this is offtopic, can somebody confirm that all transponders of Astra 1N PE beam were down at 19:30 UK time for 3-4 minutes ?
Now I see some transponders on Astra 2A with low signal.
Yes. 2F was also affected.
 
timo_w2s

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There has been some heavy thunder storms passing over the UK tonight.
 
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AHMET_YILDIRIM

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In the morning +2 GMT time I got 623 channels including all of 1N TP s with clear screens with my 170 CM dish and Smart Titanium LNB
 
mar-val

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DR.HD F15,TBS 6983,dishes 70-220
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Slovakia,Zilina
My todays scan of 2F.I can see these TPs after a long time.
11023 has around 4,5db,need 6,5.
28E-A2F scan.jpg
 
DX Excalibur

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3.0m PF dish C&Ku band 103E-40.5W/1.4m PF 75E-37.5W, DM 500HD,TBS 5925/6903
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Ro, near Bucharest
In the morning +2 GMT time I got 623 channels including all of 1N TP s with clear screens with my 170 CM dish and Smart Titanium LNB
I also see here stronger signal on all 1N PE beam transponders with 1-1.5dB, from yesterday.
 
Alistair_

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Gibertini 1.5mt
Inverto Ultra
Amstrad DRX895
Pace2600
My Location
N. Italy, 40km E. Milan
In the last few days the signal has indeed been stronger, more often than not I can actually watch the Fives even at night with my "modest" 1mt dish, is it temporary? Has anything changed or is it just tests?
 
manosfk

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EAST CRETE. GREECE
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DISH MABO 1,85 Motorised , VU SOLO2
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GREECE - CRETE-HERAKLION
Hi

I lost now all 2 f channels pb what happend ? Also 1n European beam no signal
 
Analoguesat

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Scottish Borders
Working fine here manos
 
timo_w2s

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Hi

I lost now all 2 f channels pb what happend ? Also 1n European beam no signal
2F Euro beam as normal in Helsinki. Never have been able to receive 2F UK spot or any 1N channels so can't comment on those.
 
manosfk

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GREECE - CRETE-HERAKLION
Now I Have heavy rain here so no signal..
 
Alistair_

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Gibertini 1.5mt
Inverto Ultra
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Pace2600
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N. Italy, 40km E. Milan
I still get to see the Fives every now and then, even at night, not regularly though, still, better than nothing... can't remember the last time I watched a full episode of The Mentalist.. I think it's just testing, unfortunately.
Astra 2E still under test awaiting to move to 28.2 degrees for its final orbital postition. Channel changes expected now between 22nd November and early December 2013, I've read on the net.
 
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