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well it does i can get hotbird VERY well with this setup!
its a 80cm metronic dish with a touchbox3 bought from Maplins.

so far i have been unsuccessfull in getting the Astra satellites that SKY uk use..... but i'm going to give it another go soon...
anyone else got a setup similar to mine?
what tipss can you give me apart from moving the dish outsite (cant do this)
 

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Analoguesat

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#2
The Astra 2 sats will be over to the left and down a fraction (you will need to move the lnb about half an inch downwards.)
 
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#3
Analoguesat said:
The Astra 2 sats will be over to the left and down a fraction (you will need to move the lnb about half an inch downwards.)
nice i've managed to pick up a signal :)
if i tweak my sat position i recon i'll get a much better one....
just need to find something better than a bin to mount it on :)
 

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#4
use something like a tripod ?
 

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#5
swanyl said:
just need to find something better than a bin to mount it on :)
I used an old camera tripod myself, but that gave up (it was an old one!!!), but there are worse things than a bin that a dish can sit on!!! :D

I had my BSB minidish sat on the box of an ADSL router when I tested it with a modern LNB on Hispasat... :D
 
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#6
cool think i've got the position perfect now :)
getting lots of fta channels

what else do you recomend i should try and get? i doubt i'll get anything further to the west than hotbird due to my bay window only going so far.....

i've got hotbird and astra 2 is there lots still on the old astra 1 sats?

what are the most powerfull sats to get?
 

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#7
19E is worth looking at - plenty on there.

19E, 13E and 28E are all roughly the same strengths
 

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#8
as you said you can get astra 1 and hotbird why not try out a monoblock lnb on the dish to see how that works and get both at once
 
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#9
That brings back memories of how I learned :)
Maplins sell a heavy duty tripod with 500watt light on top (tripod is yellow like what road works use)

Very cheap, I got mine a few years ago for < £10.00
 

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#10
Screw a bracket to the floorstander.
 

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When people needs to hide a dish behind a window the world has become sick.
 
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#12
Likvid said:
When people needs to hide a dish behind a window the world has become sick.
i dont need to hide it.....
i basicly picked it up second hand and thought i'd see what i can get...
i cant put it on the roof as i am moving flats soon enough (will be making sure i get a south facing bay window at the very least!)
tbh i'm amazed i can pick up anything at all
 

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#13
Likvid said:
When people needs to hide a dish behind a window the world has become sick.
I think the world is already sick (in parts) and NOT from hiding dishes. Nice to see swanyl's experiment because it's different.:)
 

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Thanks Swanyl, I am inspired by the photo of the dish on the bin. Will be trying it tomorrow to get French tv at 5W
 

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#15
Likvid said:
When people needs to hide a dish behind a window the world has become sick.
Who say's we're hiding them? :p
 
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eghamhigh said:
Thanks Swanyl, I am inspired by the photo of the dish on the bin. Will be trying it tomorrow to get French tv at 5W
no prob

was having a look myself and i found astra 1d/3a :) could only get the astra sd test card channel tho (think it was 1d correct me if a channel called astra sd appears on any other sat)
then back to astra 2 sats and i found if i move the dish in towards the room a wee bit i can get even more of the channels like sumo tv which i couldn't get before (not that bothered with it tbh its pretty poor stuff :p)
 
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#17
eghamhigh said:
Thanks Swanyl, I am inspired by the photo of the dish on the bin. Will be trying it tomorrow to get French tv at 5W
did you manage to get them?
i physically cant get the hotbird sats or any others further to the west due to my window not facing that way
i can get astra 1c etc, astra 1d/3 (but i dont think i'm picking up anything from the 3a sat) and astra 2 etc going to try the ones further to the east but i've had little success.
would really like to get some spannish channels but i think they are all west of astra 1 so i have no chance of getting them :(
 

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#18
swanyl said:
did you manage to get them?
i physically cant get the hotbird sats or any others further to the west due to my window not facing that way
i can get astra 1c etc, astra 1d/3 (but i dont think i'm picking up anything from the 3a sat) and astra 2 etc going to try the ones further to the east but i've had little success.
would really like to get some spannish channels but i think they are all west of astra 1 so i have no chance of getting them :(
Have you not got a window on the other side of your house? :confused
 
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2cvbloke said:
Have you not got a window on the other side of your house? :confused
yeah but not a bay window and there is the other side of the flats that are right there so there is no chance of getting any signals
 
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#20
unless they are pure west (if you know what i mean)
i.e. the satellites are west not south and a wee bit west
 
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