This is the first reception report done with my new 180 cm prime focus dish. I've recently acquired this simple satellite dish in order to make tests and reception reports like this one. After getting rid of the FortecStar 240, I've decided to go for a better quality but smaller dish. Unsurprisingly, the performance of this 1.8m dish is about the same as of the Fortec Star 2.4m dish. First, I've decided to revisit the Nilesat position. Even though this spot is no longer as attractive as it used to be, it's still a pretty good benchmark position for fringe reception tests. The test was done on a sunny day in September, mostly around 11 AM in Prague, Czech Republic. The LNB used was an old Invacom C120 0.3dB.
I did not manage to pull in any of the Nilesat 201's transponders but Nilesat 102 and Eutelsat 7WA were coming in. Apart from the Nilesat 102's verticals, many of the Eutelsat 7WA transponders could be received with a satisfying signal of 7-9 dB. However, I could not lock most of the beIN transponders on E7WA, such as 12245 V and 12265 H. In general,
The strongest OSN transponder was probably 11276 V, while 10834 V might be the weakest one. The problem with OSN is how spread it is across the satellites at "7 West" (which are not all at the exactly same orbital position), making it difficult to receive without a motorized dish. Sadly, none of the OSN channels were opening.
"FOX" transponder 11296 H can be received safely with 8 dB.
The reception of MBC HD channels on 12188 H was possible but on the edge with just 5.5 dB. What was surprising was the fact that the channels were possible to open with CCcam via 0B00 CAID. Other CAIDs used by MBC include 0634, 0664, 0668, 06A2, 0B04, 1708 and 1709, while only 0B00 was operational. The other CAIDs are likely to be used by paired systems only.
The ADD channels, at least the very few I've managed to tune in (12034 H), were decryptable using both 0604 and 1708 CAIDs. Most of the ADD's channels are broadcast from Nilesat 201 but no reception of Nilesat 201 was achieved.