What size of dish can I use here?

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#1
Hi All

I'm near Belfast, Northern Ireland which is roughly on the same latitude as Middlesborough and Newcastle, but much further West. Can I use a 60cm dish for Hotbird or do I need an 80cm?

Has anyone near me got a 60cm operating at the moment, how's the quality?

Also is there any big difference between solid and mesh dishes receptionwise?

Thanks
 

rolfw

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#2
I would use an 80cm, as a 60cm may experience a tad of dropout in bad weather, but if you already have the 60cm, why not give it a try.:) A good solid dish will normally be slightly better than a mesh dish, but there are many cheap solids which perform no better whatsoever.
 

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#3
As Rolf says stick with the 80cm if you havn't bought yet click here to see the footprint for Hispasat European beam
 
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My Satellite Setup
Trying to set up a Hotbird/Astra 19 sytem.
Just Sky+ and ordinary PC at the moment.
My Location
Northern Ireland
#4
Thanks for the prompt replies. I'll go for an 80cm:-)
 
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