Finding Sats

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Munyaga » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:21 am

Murf006 wrote:Without a motor to turn the dish what is the easiest way to satellite hop to multiple satellites
Use of multiple dishes and combining many LNBs on single dishes.

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Murf006 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:34 pm

What I ended up doing for the time being is to take the motor off the actuator rod part and install the actuator arm by itself. I then took the part that went into the rod part of the actuator and used my cordless drill to move the satellite if I want to. I also put two lnbs on it. I am going to to install one more lnb and I should be good for a while.

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by kolithawick » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:50 am

Murf006 wrote:Without a motor to turn the dish what is the easiest way to satellite hop to multiple satellites
This is a project I have done some time ago. I am still using it. I can get all the sats in the range of 35E to 120E with this.
These are the pictures of the project. I think it s self explaining. With two nylon threads I can move the dish to the required position.
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Re: Finding Sats

Post by kolithawick » Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:52 am

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by tck9 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:05 pm

Do you have markings on the nylon threads that tell you how much to pull them for a particular sat position or do you use a signal meter whenever you want to change satellites?

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by kolithawick » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:26 am

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I have fixed a arrow on the thread and markings on the wall for each sat. For strong sats align to the mark is enough.
For weaker ones it has to be fine tune with signal strength.

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Murf006 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:52 pm

I was trying to go along the arc and see how many satellites I could pick up. When moving the actuator I came to part of the arc where the signal quality reading on the meter was spiking off the charts. I move it a little more and would go away. The satellite I have the best signal in North Carolina is 91w. SQ is around 85% on an 8 foot mesh dish. Could this be some sort of interference getting into the dish?

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by cpr43 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:31 pm

look for the real South of you and which sat is close to pick
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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Feralkiwi » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:40 pm

Were you pointing at the sun at that point, or one of the planets.

Even just the tip of a tree will spike your signal.

I find I have sats drop out for 10-20 minutes at odd times of the day as something is passing behind them.

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Murf006 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:54 pm

I was trying to peak my satellite and according to a tvro site there are two transponders that have channels on them. I get 11705 V, which is music, but I do not get 11820 H which is a pentagon channel according to the chart. Is this channel still there?

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Jim » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:59 pm

Murf006 wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:54 pm
I was trying to peak my satellite and according to a tvro site there are two transponders that have channels on them. I get 11705 V, which is music, but I do not get 11820 H which is a pentagon channel according to the chart. Is this channel still there?
No the Pentagon Channel is not on SES1 101w

Music Channels on 11704 V 3648 (Radio)
At this time there are color bars up on 11754 H 5397

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Re: Finding Sats

Post by Murf006 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:46 pm

I switched my ku lnb to the c band lnb and I am not getting all the transponders on 101w. I get a few but the sq is lower than the other satellites. I think my next door neighbors house is in the way and I may have to raise my dish. I have included some pics to get your opinions.
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