C- Band,why are they still using it in Europe?

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just a naive question,why do some operators in europe continue transmitting in C-band?
Some interesting progs can t be received here with standard equipment ...
because they are in C- band & require a clumsy & expensive equipment... just wondered what 's the point?
Is ist the satellite equivalent of shortwave radio?
 

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C band is indeed legacy stuff ..
Generally used to cover large landmass with a single relatively low power beam.
So used in places like India ..Russia..Africa etc ..where often an entire continent will receive one broadcast at a lower power.
Thus a larger capture area/dish is needed.
The advantage of C band is that it is less critical to set up...
The signal is less affected by adverse weather conditions and often the topography.
Of course ..since the target areas tend to be large open spaces ..often sparsely populated...siting a large dish isn't an issue
..unlike cities or built up areas where space is at a premium.

If like me you enjoy DXing ..often Cband makes signals available at the fringes of the intended footprints ..giving us a taste of the often exotic and hard to get broadcasts from countries /continents not normally accessible.
So long may it continue.
rgds
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C band is indeed legacy stuff ..
Generally used to cover large landmass with a single relatively low power beam.
So used in places like India ..Russia..Africa etc ..where often an entire continent will receive one broadcast at a lower power.
Thus a larger capture area/dish is needed.
The advantage of C band is that it is less critical to set up...
The signal is less affected by adverse weather conditions and often the topography.
Of course ..since the target areas tend to be large open spaces ..often sparsely populated...siting a large dish isn't an issue
..unlike cities or built up areas where space is at a premium.

If like me you enjoy DXing ..often Cband makes signals available at the fringes of the intended footprints ..giving us a taste of the often exotic and hard to get broadcasts from countries /continents not normally accessible.
So long may it continue.
rgds
VS
thanks for the answer,I now can see the light... and indeed I was into radio Dx-ing in my teenage/salad days,
i found it very useful to learn languages,and also the thrill in being "the only one to get such a far -away broadcast"
Of course,the Internet and satellite improvements have taken me away from that,but...when I retire...btw where are c-band dishes & lnb sold online?
Regards
rod from carcassonne
 

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Here in North America, c band rules. All the best programming, including sports, is mainly found on c band. Back in the day there weren't many options for tv like in the UK when you basically only had the BBC, so peeps got into c band satellite which offered much more programming. Most major cities have certain restrictions on dish sizes but in the countryside there are no problems. I happen to live in Cornwall, Ontario and the city bylaw for dish height is the same as a chimney-I'm allowed up to 90'.
 

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Here in North America, c band rules. All the best programming, including sports, is mainly found on c band. Back in the day there weren't many options for tv like in the UK when you basically only had the BBC, so peeps got into c band satellite which offered much more programming. Most major cities have certain restrictions on dish sizes but in the countryside there are no problems. I happen to live in Cornwall, Ontario and the city bylaw for dish height is the same as a chimney-I'm allowed up to 90'.
is that 90 inches or cms?
a 90cm here is fine for Ku band,but 'd get me nothing on C- band I guess
 

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That's the symbol for Feet rodscha, so that's 27 metres.
 

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just a naive question,why do some operators in europe continue transmitting in C-band?
..they don't, at least not for European viewers. World radio stations still transmit in short wave :D
 
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