It's time to have a look at what can a 2.4m dish in combination with a Zinwell 20K LNBF and the AVCOMM polarizer pull from 40°W. Unfortunately a thunderstorm prevented me from fine tuning the LNBF position so I'm sure the results shown here could be improved by at least 1 dB. But this is not supposed to be a LNBF test article, therefore let's ignore the lower signal levels and focus on what channels I was able to receive.
40°W is a great place for trying out circular C-band reception as there are tons of transponders with signal strengths varying from 5 to 14dB, from super robust QPSK transponders, to hardcore DX delight in the form of a transponder using 8/9 FEC with 8PSK modulation.
As a plus, if you're not exactly a fan of religious propaganda, you can always experiment with the huge number of PowerVu and Tandberg encrypted channels and even T2-MI transponders. Right, this is not exactly legal, but it's exactly what everyone loves about C-band the most nowadays - the easy access to pirated channels in HD with no effort to stop this madness from the provider's end for almost 2 years now.
First, let's have a look at the locked transponders from SES 6:
Missing in the list is 4064 L - that's where SyFy channel broadcasts FTA. I've locked this transponder before and it's nothing special - quite poor quality SD. Now I was getting 7 dB only, which is not enough. Another point to make is that the only way to see what's exactly available at 40°W is doing a blind scan yourself. There's no single website which would list correctly all the transponders/channels available. Lyngsat, Flysat, KingOfSat, Portal BSD... all are either outdated or publishing incorrect transponder parameters.
The following chapters will be split into the categories of main interest: FTA, PowerVu, Tandberg and T2-MI.
Although there's nothing special to find over here for free and most of the free channels are religious junk wasting bandwidth, I like a few channels. There's VoA's feed carrying mostly C-Span, same as Hotbird, but in better picture quality. Then there's occasional FTA period of otherwise encrypted channels - for example SyFy, the one I can't receive, BFBS or Fox Sports Colombia during the Olympics. For some free movies, you might appreciate IVC Network. And of course some less interesting channels but those at least show some hot latino bitches from time to time.
Some mediocre stuff here. Sports fans might like ESPN, Gol TV and Fox Sports. TV show fans get FOX, FX, Fox Life and there's also Nat Geo. All in HD. And then two Chello transponders filled with some cooking shows, arty stuff on Sundance and Film&Arts and three versions of AMC. Again, all in HD. Venevision, WOBI, Disney are also distributed from this satellite.
With the latest Colibri's masterpiece hacking efforts, Tandberg channels are open for us as well. Not many but still a nice sample for testing: America TV and RCN, including various feeds for different markets. These Tandberg channels do not broadcast keys in the EMM stream but because they use default Tandberg keys, opening them is easy. With the exception of the RCN HD mux which uses unknown key 6 - and to make it even harder, it's T2-MI.
Apart from RCN, many local Colombian channels are broadcast in HD using T2-MI encapsulation. Thanks to simple tools such as newspaperman's t2-mi (https://github.com/newspaperman/t2-mi), the unencrypted stream can be extracted.
3670L 3500 3/4 8PSK = Canal Capital HD, PID 64, PLS 102
3674L 3500 3/4 8PSK = Canal TRO HD, PID 64, PLS 108
3889L 3500 3/4 8PSK = Teleantioquia HD, PID 64, PLS 104
4000L 3600 3/4 8PSK = Telecaribe HD, PID 64, PLS 106
4005L 3500 3/4 8PSK = Telepacifico HD, PID 64, PLS 0?
4013L 9830 3/4 8PSK = various channels, PID 64, PLS 101
4185L 3500 3/4 8PSK = Tr3ce HD, Tr3ce 2, PID 64, PLS 103
4190L 3500 3/4 8PSK = Telecafe HD, PID 64, PLS 107