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jumbo
Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:21 pm Reply with quote
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My 20 year old mini dish (and LNB) have been misbehaving recently to the extent that I no longer receive certain Freesat channels (TV and Radio) including BBC News and BBC Radio channels. I understand from some Googling that high frequency channels can no longer be received on old dishes/LNBs. Whatever!!!

I was going to get a cheapo (20) replacement dish/LNB off fleabay but, whilst looking around, I came across this tiny multi-LNB dish from TechniSat (my HD Sat box is a TechniSat - great hardware but unbelievably shite software/support). The dish is quite expensive over here (much cheaper from Holland at around 100) and a luxury which, given space, time and effort can be had cheaper either via two separate (and larger) dishes or a motorised dish. However, as this looks like an (almost) plug-n-play and teeny weeny dish, I'd like to know if I would I actually get anything worth watching on those "extra" satellites/channels? I speak French and SWMBO Italian so linguistically those channels could be of interest to us but not hot on German, Norwegian, Suomi, etc. Are there any "free" English language channels worth having? Does anyone have experience of TechniSat dishes in general or this multi-LNB one in particular?


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nwhitfield
Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:59 pm Reply with quote
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Those do look rather handy, don't they? Toyed with one myself.

But, there's not much else that is in English - you'll get plenty of eastern european stuff, and of course the german and italian channels.

Unfortunately, the germans in particular have a habit of dubbing, rather than subtitling, so you don't find the english soundtrack.

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jumbo
Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:44 am Reply with quote
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I ordered this dish and LNB from Amazon.de for 134 - delivered in 2 days! (There are cheaper vendors elsewhere. I wanted the proven ability to return the item if it proved unsatisfactory. Cheapest UK price is around 180 delivered).

The box contained a well protected dish (I went for grey as it was the cheapest and suits my house well), aluminium LNB arm, aluminium wall bracket fixing (around 20cm long), a short aluminium pole (for attaching the dish to the wall bracket), multytenne LNB, 4 bolts, a strip of self-amalgamating tape (for insulating the F-connector) and comprehensive multi-lingual instructions. It took less than a minute to assemble the dish/arm/lnb. The "square" dish is no bigger than a minidish in surface area. The entire assembly weighs less than half that of the minidish and its attachments and can be lifted by a child! All well-designed, well-made and simple.

Having removed the old wall bracket and having purchased a pack of Rawlplug M6x50mm anchor bolts from ScrewFix (needed a 12mm masonry drill bit too so bought a cheap one for under 3) I set about drilling four 12mm holes in the brickwork - high up on the wall in case an envious passer-by got tempted to nick my new and expensive dish/LNB! (I fixed my dish to an east-facing wall and using the wall bracket the dish had sufficient clearance from the wall when pointing the LNB toward the reference satellite. Insufficient clearance would have required an extra "pole" extension.)

Once my dish and LNB were up, I used a cheap satellite signal meter (Konig Satfinder Meter from Amazon) to home in on the 19.2E reference satellite. Faced the dish as far south as possible and started to move it toward the east. Locating the reference satellite has to be done exactly as prescribed with the other satellites picked up automatically by the LNB. I have a Technisat HDFS receiver with a diseqc switch enabling me to specify the four satellites received by the LNB in the correct order. With the tools I had the "tuning" procedure was more "art" than "science". A bit to the left and a bit to the right - once I was happy with signal strength (as indicated by the meter needle and audible beep) I proceeded to check my TV display and performed a channel search. It took about 10 minutes to pick up close to 2000 TV channels (from ALL satellites) and 500 Radio stations! "Freesat Mode" on my receiver also picked up all the Freesat tv and radio channels. One fact that concerned me prior to purchasing the dish was the specification of Eurobird 28.5E as one of the satellites received. 28.2E is often specified in relation to Freesat. Consequently I was rather concerned that I might not be able to receive some Freesat channels. However, although signal strength from some channels is rather weak, reception is perfect throughout. Of course I shall have to observe all parameters in bad weather too for a comprehensive assessment.

All in all an excellent gadget and a recommended extra for those in the South of England interested in extending their viewing range. Compact, light and superbly functional at a total cost of 150 (including ancillary costs).

Please note:
  • The wall bracket fixing needs 6mm screws/bolts and no larger. I opted for anchor bolts for safety but I think cheaper M6x50mm hexagonal head screws together with plastic sleeves would be adequate (unless you live in an exposed and windy location).
  • For pole/pipe attachment there you'd need a separate part purchased as an optional extra.


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alan_m
Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:05 pm Reply with quote
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jumbo wrote:
It took about 10 minutes to pick up close to 2000 TV channels and 500 Radio stations!


And still nothing on worth watching Smile

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jumbo
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alan_m wrote:
jumbo wrote:
It took about 10 minutes to pick up close to 2000 TV channels and 500 Radio stations!


And still nothing on worth watching Smile
It's a nightmare trying to figure out what's what. There are a HUGE number of porn channels that seem to simply transmit static pictures and sound and nothing else Confused There are some good German, French and Italian channels but we have yet to examine the EPG for those (on the internet) in order to figure out what's worth watching/recording. I reckon it'll take us a week to weed out the crap from the good.
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Geoff Bacon
Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:22 pm Reply with quote
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Is your complaint that there is too much porn or that it is "static" or you don't know which one to watch? Laughing

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Geoff Bacon wrote:
Is your complaint that there is too much porn or that it is "static" or you don't know which one to watch? Laughing

Geoff

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jumbo
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In my quest for perfection and in search of more channels with static pictures and music (see last few posts) I started thinking about using my TV screen/satellite box to fine-tune the dish/lnb. So I used a combination of my laptop, ipod touch and Skype to achieve the goal:
I created a dummy Skype account and from the laptop called my other Skype account on the ipod and used the webcam on the laptop - which I placed in front of the TV - to stream the signal strength/quality bars of the satellite box on to my ipod which I took up the ladder! Excellent results and a good show Razz
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Better than most of what you are able to receive now then. Wink

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