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freesat and dish size

To anyone who has got freesat working here (bbc, itv etc) what size dish did you need? did you have to do anything special??

we have a sat dish and can pick up the astra sky satalite, but cannot pick up the freesat (astra 2d?) one, tried fine tuning the dish but still no joy

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Old 13.01.2011, 16:47
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To anyone who has got freesat working here (bbc, itv etc) what size dish did you need? did you have to do anything special??

we have a sat dish and can pick up the astra sky satalite, but cannot pick up the freesat (astra 2d?) one, tried fine tuning the dish but still no joy

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I have a 60Cm dish with an old receiver and works just fine.
In sat world, bigger is better , depending on your location.

From 60cm onwards you are safe, from 80cm you are in the clear

Once your dish is aimed, did you scan for new channels? they could be outdated on your satbox..
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Re: freesat and dish size

Have a look at the last few posts just put up on this thread as well - Freesat HD PVR
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Re: freesat and dish size

I have a standard 80cm dish (NOKIA from Media Markt) and receive Astra 2D fine. Only in very havy rain/snow does the picture break up. (Maybe once per year) I am using a Humax Foxsat HDR box.
Use satpointer with your actual address and you will see the angle relative to your house/street also the vertical angle of the dish (mine has a scale on the side) and skew of the LNB. It will even tell you height/distance so you can judge if there may be obstructions (building etc).
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Re: freesat and dish size

yep did a scan, even tried manual tunning, still no joy, not sure how big our dish is (it looks very old) but the tuner is a HD one so it can't be that old. dish has a clear line of sight. maybe the lnb needs skewing. cheers for the link
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yep did a scan, even tried manual tunning, still no joy, not sure how big our dish is (it looks very old) but the tuner is a HD one so it can't be that old. dish has a clear line of sight. maybe the lnb needs skewing. cheers for the link
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Re: freesat and dish size

60cm will probably work in Basel or nearby but for Zürich you really need 80cm. Switzerland is on the edge of the 2D footprint and the strength drops off pretty quickly. Our east where I am even an 80cm needs to be very closely aligned.

I don't want to think about what will happen when they launch the new satellites in a couple of years.
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yep did a scan, even tried manual tunning, still no joy, not sure how big our dish is (it looks very old) but the tuner is a HD one so it can't be that old. dish has a clear line of sight. maybe the lnb needs skewing. cheers for the link
I didnt have a strength indicator, but did the following:
  1. Get rough angles from satpointer and set up dish in roughly the right position relative to house/street etc.
  2. Set up TV/box outside next to dish with signal strength showing.
  3. Moved dish in small increments back and forth, slowly (it takes a few seconds for the strength indicator to react) to look for the point where there is some signal. If none try moving up /down a little and repeat.
  4. When have best signal in one plane (e.g. left right) repeat moving in small steps in other plane (e.g. vertical) to get best %
  5. Repeat again with tiny movements to optimize.
  6. Screw up nuts on bolts as you go, finally tightening when you have finely adjusted, and check you don't move the dish. Tightenthem really strongly as in a storm can otherwise move.
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Re: freesat and dish size

I believe it might be a broken LNB because you should at least get some signal, I found the Sat with just a simple compass.
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we have a sat dish and can pick up the astra sky satalite, but cannot pick up the freesat (astra 2d?) one, tried fine tuning the dish but still no joy

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What make/model of receiver (freesat box) are you using?
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I believe it might be a broken LNB because you should at least get some signal, I found the Sat with just a simple compass.

I pick up the other astra satellites no problem, just not the freesat one, i suspect I need a bigger dish
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What make/model of receiver (freesat box) are you using?

Strong is the make (lol don't ask me its some rebranded no make according to the internet) it came 'free' with the house.
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we have a sat dish and can pick up the astra sky satalite, but cannot pick up the freesat (astra 2d?) one, tried fine tuning the dish but still no joy

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To receive FreeSat by Sky you need a FreeSat Sky viewing card. There is also FreeSat (not by Sky) that you need a special FreeSat receiver like the Humax FOXSAT-HDR that I have which is excellent.
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Re: freesat and dish size

And the model?
I ask just to make sure it is a digital receiver capable of receiving the Astra 2D digital channels and not an old analogue receiver that would only pick up analogue channels on the astra 1 hotbird etc.
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To receive FreeSat by Sky you need a FreeSat Sky viewing card. There is also FreeSat (not by Sky) that you need a special FreeSat receiver like the Humax FOXSAT-HDR that I have which is excellent.
You don't need a special Freesat receiver, unless you want all the bells and whistles, like Electronic programme guide, series recording etc. that you get with a freesat box. Any digital receiver will do to view the Foxsat channels.
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Re: freesat and dish size

i was in strasbourg before coming here and could get the beeb/itv/c4 with a 60cm dish and low noise lnb w/o problem even when it rained. However, i have heard that the footprint will tighten and so investment in a still larger dish than 80cm may be wise.
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To receive FreeSat by Sky you need a FreeSat Sky viewing card. There is also FreeSat (not by Sky) that you need a special FreeSat receiver like the Humax FOXSAT-HDR that I have which is excellent.
I have an old Atlanta box - 10 years old, no card what so ever, and can receive all free uk channels ,bbc 1 2 3,more 4 ,e4-channel 4 -channel 5 etc.

So a normal dish and any (no) brand sat receiver will do fine, you don't need a special receiver to pickup the free UK channels.

I even got them on my spare receiver, once bought at Lidl, works like a charm
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And the model?
I ask just to make sure it is a digital receiver capable of receiving the Astra 2D digital channels and not an old analogue receiver that would only pick up analogue channels on the astra 1 hotbird etc.

i'm sure it is a hd digital box, we pick up 2a and all the sky digital stuff. if others can pick up freesat nearish to zurich then it must be our dish etc. so recommend me a package that will def pick up freesat from glarus
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Spectrum analyser worth it's weight in gold when it comes to tuning into satellites. Try Ebay as you can get them there really cheap.
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You don't need a special Freesat receiver, unless you want all the bells and whistles, like Electronic programme guide, series recording etc. that you get with a freesat box. Any digital receiver will do to view the Foxsat channels.
You are right, I stand corrected, you used too for channel 4, channel 5 etc, but now you do not need the FreeSat by Sky viewing card.
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