Spare 80cm fixed dish and a computer !!

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As well as a 1m motorised setup with an Echostar AD3600 Via, I have a second setup with an 80cm fixed dish which I would like to motorize and possibly link in to my computer. Being relatively new to the hobby could you offer any pointers to the hardware and software I might need to get me started ? I suppose the question is - If you were to setup again on the computer what would you go for ?

Any help greatly appreciated.
 
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Technomate 5402 HD M2 Ci, DM7000s, Transparent 80cm Dish, Moteck SG2100 DiseqC motor, lots of legacy gear. Meters: Satlook Digital NIT, Promax HD Ranger+ spectrum analyser.
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#2
Get yourself a Skystar2 from the banner at the top of the page when it cycles through, then a DiseqC motor from one of the other advertisers like Scot Satellite and you should be up and running. :)

In fact there is a Skystar2 up for grabs in the forum raffle, so you could get one for £2.50. :D
 
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Thanks Rolfw.

But what about a positioner and cam slots etc.,
Is some of this built into the pci card ?

Thanks again

Nige
 
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Berkshire
#4
You can run a DiseqC motor straight from the Skystar2 card, sdo no positioner required, puts a motorised system well within reach. :) There is also a Softcam available, you need a PC of 1Ghz or better to operate it, but it will then produce surprisingly good results.

See the PC Card forum for more information.
 
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Might be a good idea to order a twin output LNB at the same time
 
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Thanks guys,

Channel Hopper, thanks for the tip on the Twin LNB, I've already got one but I'm interested why you suggest it ?

I'm now on the shop for an SS1, @Sat Diseqc H-H and a @Sat 1.1m dish hopefully should have it for the weekend and then the fun starts together maybe with the cry for help !!!

Thanks again

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The suggestion was simply to give the receiver and the PC card, independent polarity and frequency band control on any satellite the dish is pointed at. Just makes the system a bit more versatile than the loopthrough connections
moreso as the kit you have makes it free (well apart from a secondary cable to the dish)
 
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