Dish-On-Stick

dvmedia

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#1
My dish, on some big post that used to hold up an outdoor weather station..it's concreted into the ground.

The actual dish is held to the post using a Sky 43cm minidish bracket thing...even though the dish is a 60cm ex-sky analogue dish..so far it's held in all weather though...

It gets a clear line of site, ignore all the plants..

My parents love the dish in their garden(!) :D (I'm only 16!)

It all took a day or so to get put together.. the dish and weather station post were free, and I had to pay £2 for the bracket from the car boot sale..

In that pic it's pointed at 19.2e (I think?)... It's VERY easy to move the dish, unscrewing a nut and bolt at the back enables you to swivel it in different directions.
 

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#2
Like to see a bit of ingenuity. :) Just proves that you don't need to spend a fortune to receive satellite broadcasts. :)
 

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#3
Nice one! So what sats do you receive?
 

dvmedia

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#4
With that dish I have recieved:

Astra 28.2e
Astra 19.2e (This is whats it's on at the moment)
Eutelsat 16e
Hotbird 13e
and Thor 0.8w (Analogue only, before it got shut down)

Never tried for anything more exotic..one of these days I may attempt Hispasat 30w, 5w or Turksat on 42e :D

EDIT: Actually, scrub 42e, it was difficult enough getting 28.2e because of plants.. Don't think I could get anything any further east. Although 30w and 5w are a must some day when I get the time :)
 

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#5
How do find your sats, and what do you do about the scew? Seems pretty good with a 60cm dish!!! I doubt if you can get Hispasat, 5w and turksat with such a small dish, even if the plants weren't in the way...
 

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#6
Great post, it's our passion for the hobby that counts in the end.
 

dvmedia

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#7
Basically I find my sats the hard way, I have no satellite meter.

A good old compass I got for Xmas and knowledge of that kind of thing :)

I do have an analogue stb I hook up, to easily locate 19.2e, 13e and 16e.

Astra 28.2e - An unusual one this, only ever been able to get about 60% quality.
Astra 19.2e - Signal Quality about 80%
Hotbird 13e - Signal Quality about 50%?
Eutelsat 16e - Signal Quality about 40%?
Thor 0.8w was a VERY good analogue pic with hardly any sparklies before it disappeared last year :( Damn i miss that, they had loads of English stuff with Scandanavian sub's...really good stuff like "24"!

5w should be ok, according to analoguesat's site it is a VERY strong signal, and is aimed at france... Just as long as all my equipment is S*caM compatible it should be ok :)

I intend to get another dish (probably a minidish?) to go on the same post directly underneath the existing dish. The minidish could be permanently fixed on 19.2e whilst I move the bigger dish/or leave it on 13e.

I will show you that you can get satellite TV for nearly nothing, this is what I paid:

- Satellite dish - Free (on a summers day I wandered round houses with old analogue sky dishes and asked if they wanted to get rid of them for a price. One person agreed I could have his for free, so i returned with a ladder and removed it).

- 2 Analogue sat boxes - one free from house clearance, the other free from my uncle.

- Satellite coax cable - 2x10Meter £5 each from Argos

- Nearly new silver pace Sky digibox for £20 (I put an ad in the paper requesting one)

- The weather station post - Free. was my Dads

- Nuts bolts, etc. - All free from my dads garage :D

:)

Just goes to show you don't need £1000's of pounds of motorised sat equipment, FTA boxes, cams, cards, big 1.8mb dishes, etc. to enjoy a bit of foreign telly.

Although admittedly all I have is an analogue stb and a Sky digibox, so for ease of use, I need to get a PROPPER digital satellite box from someone like Comag or Echostar. Cos using "Add channels" is a bit fiddly.
 

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#8
This is the sort of thread I love. Folks lashing up satellite dishes and experimenting to see what they can get for minimum expense.

Fantastic dvmedia - happy zapping!
 

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#9
Just a thought - you might want to tie up the lnb cable so theres no accidents with the strimmer.....!
 

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#10
dvmedia said:
Just goes to show you don't need £1000's of pounds of motorised sat equipment, FTA boxes, cams, cards, big 1.8mb dishes, etc. to enjoy a bit of foreign telly.

Although admittedly all I have is an analogue stb and a Sky digibox, so for ease of use, I need to get a PROPPER digital satellite box from someone like Comag or Echostar. Cos using "Add channels" is a bit fiddly.

Well done Dvmedia!! :-clap Even without a Dreambox and despite your relative newbie status I am awarding you the honorary status as Stableboy to the Knights of the Idiot Guide Order! :-duel

Yours is just about the correct method, I use for many things I need, starting from cars, to cd's or books....when money is tight then one has to be inventive and resourceful. Ebay has been my favourite shop ever since I discovered it :D

My equipment might not be quite as cheap as yours, but I got my first 80cm dish for free from a friend. Afterwards I spent three quarters of a year with daily searches on e bay until I found a brand new 1.2 m dish for just under 50 Euro (that's ~35 squid). Digibox was about 50 Euro (old Grundig one) and the only piece of equipment that I got brand new is the Dreambox. But this was a birthday present from dad :-bunny. New SG Motor was about 60 Euros, and that's about it. So without spending too much and upsetting the wife I got a fairly advanced system...not to forget that all this is RolfW's fault :D
 

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#11
Thanks for the nice comments guys :)

Heres the geek-pit:

Toshiba 14' Telly, Sky Digibox, Two analogue Sat stb's (Pace Prima and Grundig GSR1MKII), LG DVD Player, PS2, Nokia Mediamaster Freeview/Top-Up.tv Box, Main PC (AMD Sempron 2400+, 256mb Ram, 120Gb HDD, ATI 128Mb Grfx), Additional machines: About 500mhz. PDA, Wireless Router, Printer, Scanner, Creative MP3+, Dynamode Network Hub, AverTV Analogue TV Card for PC with AV/S-VIDEO Input.

Bla bla bla..heres the pic's :D

(EDIT: Most of the bits either bought discounted (customer return/display copy etc.), Second hand, from car boot sales or from the dump :) PC was built by me at Xmas 2004 and TFT was a lovely bargain at £99 from PC World, Woo!)
 

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#12
Nice setup there dvmedia. Are you sure you've got room for another box? :D

Llew
 

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#13
dvmedia said:
Thanks for the nice comments guys :)

Heres the geek-pit:
Instant entry into the Geek-Pit hall of fame :-Welcome1
You sure you are only 16? Rapid accumulation of sat & TV eqiupment at this rate means that when you reach our age you will need to have one room just for remotes :-lmao
 

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#14
For 16 your doing very well mate :D and nice pics!!
 

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dvmedia said:
Thanks for the nice comments guys :)
Heres the geek-pit:
http://www.satellites.co.uk/php-bin/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2729

At 16, the mans already got an alcoholic camera poise
 

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Channel Hopper said:
http://www.satellites.co.uk/php-bin/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2729

At 16, the mans already got an alcoholic camera poise
Haha :D I blame the Stella (check the green beer bottle in the very middle of the picture)
 

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#17
and the good thing is, you only got to wait two years (18) before you can watch all this mature content that's available on various sats!!
 

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dvmedia said:
Haha :D I blame the Stella
Well let's hope it is the Stella 'cos something has given you the shakes... anyhow I thought a digital camera was supposed to eradicate that annoying human trait:rolleyes:
 

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#19
It's not the best digital camera in the world... £80 DV Camcorder thing, which doubles up as a Digital camcorder, MP3 player and Digital Camera.
 

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#20
dvmedia said:
(I'm only 16!)
Same here I got into other satellites when the music channels on sky went down hill and I heard you could get plently of other mtvs what are better than the UK ones and you dont have to pay for them. And them impressive analogue sat webpages gave me so much help on learning the basics . Too aspeicaly UK music is dreadful at the moment at least in Europe the pop is better.

I find alot of the older generations are into sats but nothing intrests them on it and there more bothered about all the providers they can get im not saying people on this forum are like that tho .
 
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