20 Sep 2016

C-band multifocus

Submitted by drhans

When it comes to C-band, a multifocus solution is not just an option, in most cases it's necessity. The reason is quite simple - there's no LNB that would be able to receive all C-band signals without the need to rotate the LNB or inserting/removing the dielectric into the feedhorn. For me this is the most annoying thing about C-band - of course, you'd find Ku-band examples as well but those don't come close to how much scattered the polarization is in C-band.

15 Aug 2016

After years suffering with Fortec Star 2.4m, I've finally moved on and got a new C-Band dish. It's a Channel Master prime-focus 2.4m dish with a polarmount. It is a very special setup because it's installed at a remote location due to the obstructed view in the place where I live. That means anything involving touching the dish would require me to drive approximately 50 kilometers, which could become quite expensive over the time and would piss off the wife too. The fact I don't have easy access to the dish takes some fun out of it but it also brings new challenges and new fun stuff to do.

22 Dec 2014
I decided to measure the Astra 2E and 2F signal again after replacing the Inverto Quad LNB for an Invacom Quad. The signal strength has improved but it's difficult to give all the credit to the Invacom LNB since other factors may play a significant role as well, like colder weather, less obstacles without leafs on surrounding trees and also possibly better dish alignment. But the signal strength itself is not the main point of this article. It's the variations in the strength during the day.
30 Nov 2014

AFN Europe

Submitted by drhans

AFN has been around for ages. As far as satellite reception goes, some of you might remember B-MAC broadcast in the 90's. Eventually, AFN upgraded from B-MAC to DVB-S as early as 1997. That's a really respectable technological advance but the sad fact remains that AFN did not significantly move forward since then. The very old PowerVu D-9234 receivers are still in service. Please log in to continue reading.

21 Sep 2014

This tutorial explains how to watch all the channels in the BBC package at 27.5°W if you own a Dreambox satellite receiver. The following tutorial also applies to other Enigma 2 receivers but additional steps might be needed to get sound on the HD channels and subtitles to be shown in the subtitle menu. This test was done using an original Dreambox 500 HD running Open ATV 4 image.