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AbFab 10.08.2007 15:46

Satellite Dish that isn't
 
While mooching round Mediamark in Sihlcity the other day I came across a strange device that replaces a dish and LNB.

It is white, rectangular and very heavy - I nearly dropped it picking up the box. On the box is says in English that it does everything a dish does for CHF199.

But what is it and how does it work? I tried Google, but even googling 'satellite dish replacement rectangular thing' got me nowhere.

I'd like to know if it will guarantee me Eastenders though the August monsoons better than my 60cm dish...

Lob 10.08.2007 15:47

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
no.

one of these: http://www.satshop.ch/images/selfsat.jpg

AbFab 10.08.2007 15:51

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
That's the blighter! Any use?

Lob 10.08.2007 15:53

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
For hotbird and astra1, absolutely most probably.
For astra2 fringe(-ish) reception - I am sure it'll be below average. Consider a 53cm Arcon Sweety or 80cm transparent dish instead?

I actually looked at this for my motorised setup. Could not figure out if it would ever work...!

AbFab 10.08.2007 15:55

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Thanks! Maybe I'll give Eastenders a holiday...

Greenhill 10.08.2007 16:03

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Interesting. How do you mount this thing. Do you have to face it towards Astra 2D...or just put on the top of you TV set ;)

Blonaybear 10.08.2007 16:29

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Greenhill (Post 91754)
Interesting. How do you mount this thing. Do you have to face it towards Astra 2D...or just put on the top of you TV set ;)

Are you referring to AbFab or the satellite receiver ?

Fraser 10.08.2007 16:34

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Greenhill (Post 91754)
Interesting. How do you mount this thing. Do you have to face it towards Astra 2D...or just put on the top of you TV set ;)


Nah, you just put it dahn The Square.

Lob 10.08.2007 16:36

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Fraser (Post 91776)
Nah, you just put it dahn The Square.

<oh groan>

Greenhill 10.08.2007 22:16

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Blonaybear (Post 91775)
Are you referring to AbFab or the satellite receiver ?

Hmmmmm, I am not so sure. ;)

Greenhill 10.08.2007 22:23

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Seriously, how do you mount this thing. My problem is that i cannot install any dish at 28 degrees direction as my balcony is facing the opposite. If this Square or rectangle thing can be fixed directly on the wall then i might have a chance to get some signals.
Is it like passive microwave repeater?

Lob 11.08.2007 20:00

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
it does not change physics. It's not so different from the Squarials in the late 80s - must point at the satellite you want to receive

Filton Kingswood 13.08.2007 08:01

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
I like it.... I already have a 120cm dish clamped to the house that the neighbours have moaned about. So, I'll get one of these and stick it next to it. It will take em ages to work out what it is before they start moaning again. Just farmers around here... you know.. morons!

Solates 01.11.2007 14:13

Stealth Dish.....
 
Now, this may well get me laughed out of the forum but still......has anyone had any experience with these Digiglobe stealth dishes in Switzerland for Astra2 (28)??

http://www.satshop.ch/product_info.p...oducts_id=1028

Conventional thinking would say.....43cm.....you're having a laugh! However, I am sure there have been some advances in technology (Arcon performance?)?? If no experience then does anyone think these have a chance of working here?

Any help....or constructive sarcasm....welcomed.

Chris

Lob 01.11.2007 14:20

Re: Stealth Dish.....
 
I've joined your thread onto another in the same can/can't have dish discussion.

Ballpark feeling is - for BBC, ITV, etc - this will simply not be good enough. For Hotbird or Astra1, maybe. Email Alekos at satshop and ask his opinion - he speaks good English.

dawiz 01.11.2007 14:35

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Have you looked at one of these yet?

http://www.technisat.de/index4863.ht...lagen,de,54-23

They're amazingly small (only 45cm) and are able to receive Astra 1, 2 and 3 plus Eutelsat. We have one of those on the balcony and the reception is as good as it gets for a dish that can't easily be spotted from the street. However, I live near Basel where Astra 2 reception is supposedly better than in the Zurich area.

dawiz

Lob 01.11.2007 14:37

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
indeed - in Basel, you can actually get away with a zone 2 minidish in all but the worst weather. As you come east, the reception tails off very quickly.

Solates 01.11.2007 18:33

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Thanks for the replies.

LR - thanks for the move, tidy's things up nicely. I have mailed satshop.

Dawiz - nice idea but I am in the Zurich area.

A few posts up (#4) LobR mentioned the Arcon Sweety 53cm dish.....it may be possible to conceal such a dish, does anyone have some experience of these dishes and their efficacy? Also stockists in the Zurich area would be good (MediaMarkt?).

Cheers again,

Chris

Lob 02.11.2007 10:29

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
certain materials can be thrown over the dish to "hide" it - have a shufty via a search engine for something like "hide satellite dish"?

alkas 05.11.2007 12:35

Re: Satellite Dish that isn't
 
Look at www.selfsat.ch


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