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Transponders - Some OK - Some not

richardinalex

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Alexandria, Egypt
#1
This is a funny old game;

Last night the better half went out – kids in bed early – plenty of time to play with Dad’s new investment.

I thought I’d had this thing cracked – although I haven’t got the SKY card yet – I thought I could get most of the channels (except 2D) – think again.

I checked each transponder and I was a bit baffled about my findings – have a looksee

Astra 2A North – 20 transponders – pick up 10 – no signal on 10

OK on
11739V, 11817V, 11836H, 11876H, 11895V, 11973V, 12051V, 12109H, 12129V, 12422H

No Signal on
11778V, 11798H, 11856V, 11914H, 11934V, 11954H, 12148H, 12168V, 12226H, 12480V

Astra 2B South – 10 transponders – pick up 7 – no signal on 3

OK on
12032H, 12188H, 12207V, 12266H, 12284V, 12344H, 12363V

No Signal on
12246V, 12304H, 12441V

Astra 2B North – 8 transponders – pick up 0 – no signal on 8

No Signal on
11758H, 12012V, 12070H, 12090V, 12324V, 12382H, 12460H,

So, I think my presumption that I was doing quite well was a little premature…. looks like the 1.8m dish is, as some of you have pointed out, a tad too small – off down the market we go again. I thought I was doing well since the decoder was only 50squid.

I think the reason why the 2B North transponders are a little quiet in my household must have something to do with the 2B North footprint, but is there any logical reason why I’m missing 3 of the 2B South transponders (both Vert and Horz) and why I’m only picking up 50% of the 2A North b*gg*rs – again mix of both Vert and Horz?

Answers on a postcard please.

Cheers
 

dishdoctor

Hmm, now what seems to be the problem?
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#2
A brilliant post Richard,plenty of info,and will be very useful for those in a similar location................brian
 

denis1501

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Lazio, Italy
My Satellite Setup
1.25m offset dish for Astra 2 28deg. using Inverto Black Ultra 0.3 quad lnb, Amstrad Sky+ HD, VU+ Duo, 1.2m dual feed for Astra and Hotbird, Sky Italia, Tivùsat, Lenovo Ideapad Z570, 7 meg broadband
My Location
Sunny Italy
#3
There are some errors in this post.
You say Astra 2A North for 11739V, 11817V, 11876V, 11895V, 11973V, 12051V, 12129V, 12422H.
These are transponders on the South beam.
The only one on the North beam is 11836H which I believe is Movies. The ones you can't get include only two on the South Beam, one of which was the old BBC transponder.

Where you state Astra 2B South, again an error.

12246V, 12304H, 12441V.
The first two are on the North Beam, the third an old BBC transponder.

The last part of your post, 8 transponders pick up 0, are correctly stated as being on the North Beam.

You need a bigger dish my friend!!

regards
D.
 

richardinalex

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#4
Thanks Den

I also pick up the DSTV Boquet on a separate 2.4m Sat dish (via Panamsat 68.5E)

So Thursday PM - I'm planning to try this dish on the Astra beam to see if this does any good.

Someone's also going lending me a 0.2dB LNB - I don't know if this will be any good (I don't know what this means either - but they're saying the lower the rating the better for me!) - we'll see anyway - I'll let you know the outcome on Saturday.

I've just printed out the latest Sky Digital Lyngsat listing - so am nearly fully armed with the transponder list - can't wait!!!
 
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gcohen

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Richard
Your experience in Egypt is very relevant to myself in Israel !

I have a 1.8 petallized dish with a SM XM40 feed, an Invacom 0.3 LNB and a TSB30.

Up to the switch to 2D I could get BBC1/2 all day apart from a few hours round midday.

My experience with 2A and 2B is that the north beam of 2A is just below threshold but all the other beams are OK.

This means that ClassicFM radio is OK - which is the most important to me.

I will be very interested in what you need to get 2D - likely a 4.2M dish.

Geoff