Why 2 sat dishes?

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  1. Bam

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    Hi everyone..

    Could someone please explain why some people have 2 satellite dishes?

    I have the small sky digital dish but have noticed quite a few people who live nearby have the sky dish plus an enormous 1m dia dish as well.. why? I am intrigued.. It must be frickin marvellous whatever it is.

    Cheers

    Bam
     
  2. lynx

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    There are many birds up there.The second dish may be either fixed or motorised. I'll send a pm in a little while with details.


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    It must be frickin marvellous whatever it is.
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    If your thing is Porn, Football and Movies then i suppose it is 'fricken marvellous'.
     
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    PORN! Probably
     
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    And with that, the prosecution rests m'lud. :D
     
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    Interesting...

    the dishes I've seen are definately fixed not motorised, noticed a second support arm fixed to the bottom edge.

    Can't believe its porn though, don't know the people but just don't look the type.
     
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    They never do!

    ;) ;) ;)
     
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    I fit this stuff for a living , you wouldnt believe the kind of people ive done it for!! most of them dont look the type.
     
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    I look the type.......How much, I'm in!!!

    Stace :D
     
  9. lynx

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    There could be scope here for a porn package power buy installer09.
     
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    LMAO :D
     
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    A lot of people retain their old dish (originally for $ky analogue) in addition to their new one at 28 degrees east for $ky Digital.
    They can keep the old one on Astra (19.2 degrees east) or have it moved to another orbital slot depending on what they're after - e.g. 1 degree west for Scandinavian stuff, 30 West for Hispasat (Spanish & Portuguese) 13 degrees for all sorts of EU & Eastern bloc stuff ; they may have gone for a larger dish than normal in order to get 2 satellites a few degrees apart (e.g. 19East Astra & 13 East Hotbird) using 2 LNB/feedhorns and a so-called "magic arm".
    Finally there are nuts like me into satellite feedhunting etc. as well as transmitting/receiving (licenced) amateur TV.
    So I have a 1.8 metre offset steerable dish (2Metres high, 1.8m wide) + 2 fixed dishes feeding the 2 astra positions into the bedroom + 2 old and modified squarials feeding into the radio shack/office/music/PC room.

    I also have (on the tower) two 35 cms dishes + a modified squarial. One has a modified LNB for 10 GHz amateur TV receive ; one has a 10milliwatt ATV transmitter on it & the squarial has a 10 GHz 1 watt transmit system on it (that's high power for that frequency although there are a couple of ATV guys in the North-West with travelling wave tube amps to generate 15 watts at 10 Ghz).
    Then there's an S-band LNB which I use for ATV (& other stuff it picks up like security signals & analog videosenders & Heli-telly) ; it is attached to a 2.4 GHz yagi.

    Chris Muriel, G3ZDM, author of digital satellite FAQ.

    NB . I like the USA term for a big dish - BUD = Big Ugly Dish , a term of endearment to enthusiasts.
     
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    If I can paraphrase what Chris was trying to say, but without the numbers:

    If it's a motorised dish, it's probably a satellite nutter like Chris (GDAR).

    If it's a fixed dish, it's probably a foreigner or someone learning German.

    Nur meiner Meinung nach. ;)

    Fman
     
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    Used to have analogue myself but took the dish down and replaced with new small one. Still have the old dish behind the shed I think.

    Don't think much of the foreign channels from what I saw on analogue.

    Would probably consider the large dish if you could get free premier league footy
     
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    If you are Italian, Greek, German, etc or speak any of these langauges you would be crazy NOT to have a motorized system. The choices are so great. But at the same time you need to do a lot of homework about all of it as it's not as simple as it sounds. What with all the different encryption systems used and what receivers can do and cant do and what simple programming of 'fun' cards can do to unlock some channels the list is endless.
     
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    Mainly it is porn ;) but if you want to learn languages then you can't beat a free to air large dish at 13' degrees hotsomething.
    The best way to know if it's porn is to invite yourself round then pretend you are admiring there sattellite receiver and look at the card holders, called Card Interface slots and see if you see something that looks like a laptop modem card with iredeto, viaaccess or something like that in it and bingo!!! :D

    Get What Sattellite TV
     
  16. Chris Muriel

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    The slots are actually called "CI CAM" slots - Common Interface
    Conditional Access Module.
    Some boxes have embedded CAMs which means you won't see the laptop-type PCMCIA interface, just a card in a slot $ky-style
    ($ky use embedded Videoguard which is proprietrary).

    Also some receivers, like my RSD ODM-302, have the CAM slots at the rear. This stops junior family members sticking foreign objects in them, or removing cards & hiding them :)

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    It's not....JUST FOR PORN !!!

    Take the millions of people who live here who are from another foreign country - their parents, their children - This is like 'GREEAAT !!' for them.
     
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    Yea foreigners like porn too :D
     
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    AndyPandy are you a foreigner who just wants to watch foreign programs why would you need a CI card if there are so many free to air programmes anyhow?;)
     
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    Because most of the decent proggrames are encrypted.
     
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    Thats right they are!! :D
     
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    Closing as original question has been answered.
     
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