Unlike SES-6 at 40°W, Intelsat 11 at 43.1°W is a completely different DX league. Reception varies not only hour to hour but also month to month, differently for each transponder. Getting a steady and strong signal one day doesn't mean the signal won't be 2 or 3 dB up or down the next day and will stay like that for weeks before changing again. I've been fighting this bird for quite some time now, at first with a Fortec Star 2.4m (read here http://drhans.tv/?q=node/96), later with the Channel Master 2.4m.
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.
I have attempted receiving Intelsat 11 at 43.1°W with my twisted FortecStar 240cm dish. I'm not really sure what are the standard reception possibilities from this orbital position as I haven't attempted this before. I was able to lock just a couple of transponders with any of the LNBs I tried. There was no real difference between any of them, not even the PLL one, which was supposed to outperform DRO.
In this gallery, enjoy pictures of Xfinity cable from the US. All pictures were taken via a Slingbox connection, therefore the quality is lower.
In this gallery, check out the satellite gear DrHans used to own back in early 2000's. The IRTE 180 PF dish still stands strong but is obscured by high trees, rendering it useless. The only satellite that could probably still be received is Nilesat at 7W. After DrHans moved to another location, the dish has no practical use anymore.
Couple of pictures of an old DrHans dish setup from 2000's. Includes a Fortecstar 2.4m dish. This cheap beast did quite well, performing about the same as a quality 1.8 dish. Considering the price and mobility of the Fortecstar, the price/performance ratio was exceptional. Astra 2D could be received 24/7. Badr 5/6 and Nilesat 201 without any signal. Later I tested this setup for Astra 2E and 2F but the results were mixed. 24/7 reception of all channels was not possible.
The card I have bought is a Viaccess 2.5, prov. ID 022200 (Televisa Networks) which opens five Mexican channels on Panamsat at 43°W. Just like Digitalb, subscribing to Televisa is legal in all parts of Europe and it's a great choice if ... and it's a big IF ... if you really, REALLY, want to receive some Mexican channels, ideally for the purpose of learning Spanish. Three channels on Televisa Networks are worth the €225/12months subscription.
Gallery of first HD broadcasts in Europe. Pictures captured with an analog capture card, therefore the quality is not really HD.
Orbit is a Middle-Eastern pay-tv provider, broadcasting from Arabsat 3A (26°E) and Intelsat 10-02 (1°W) satellites. The Intelsat position is not official and it is not known whether Orbit will continue broadcasting from there in the future. Both Intelsat and Arabsat beams can be received with a 85+ cm dish in Central Europe, although some transponders appear to be weaker and a small satellite dish could cause trouble in bad weather. A 120 cm dish would probably be the recommended size in most parts of Europe.