Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby Brian and Helen » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:15 am

peter wrote:120cm seems belts and braces compared to other ideas ?


I think, Peter, it's horses for courses. I'm further south than you and the signal fall-off gradient seems quite steep, so I have a slightly different set of problems to you.

The only other idea on this thread is that I search around for a dish of 88cms or more, plus some highly specialised LNBs - I really can't be hacked, even if I knew where to look I've got better things to do. My guy from Keny said that his tests suggested that a 90 cm would give up in bad weather, a 100 cms would be fine most of the time, 120 would be rock-solid all of the time.

For the last 6 days, I've had nothing except for Channel 4 for the first few days (and let's not forget Al Jazheera!); now for €300, just six days after the event, I have all stations back again and a reasonable expectation of doing so in future. All I can say is it works for me.

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby peter » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:24 pm

I'm still getting all the channels except E4 and E4+1 which are pixelated. BBC radio working, too.

Has the satellite moved, changed beam or increased the strength ?
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby graham34 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:16 pm

There's an article here www.a516digital.com that explains why the drop off of the signal is so sudden in a very short distance and can actually improve further away from the UK e.g. by moving to Valencia :shock:
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby gurubarry » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:04 pm

Merci Graham, excellent site , very useful info and totally readable . :D

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby MatsH » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:44 pm

Quote from Digi TV Solutions:

Dear Mats

Thank you for your enquiry.

The recent disruption does mean that you will need to have a bigger dish. Where you are the dish required is 110cm.

The cost will be around €300.

This includes the dish, bracket, LNB and fully installed.


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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby MatsH » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:43 am

MatsH wrote:Quote from Digi TV Solutions:

Dear Mats

Thank you for your enquiry.

The recent disruption does mean that you will need to have a bigger dish. Where you are the dish required is 110cm.

The cost will be around €300.

This includes the dish, bracket, LNB and fully installed.


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Installed 110 cm in the Orb valley. Reception good but with some drops. Extremely good weather conditions, though.

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby peter » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:18 pm

My set up must be marginal.

I lost the channels, then got them back, then lost them again for maybe 10 days.

Today, I've now got some of the BBC channels back again.
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby peter » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:55 pm

It seems I'm a marginal case and I've held off changing the dish until things settle down.

For the last two weeks or so I've used internet TV. Today it was overcast, but I've got all channels back.

Is that the same for others ?
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby gurubarry » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:37 pm

No , I've got no UK channels at all . Using the internet, but a 110 dish is perhaps best .....
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby montgolfiere » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:05 am

there has been a severe drop in the Signal from both satellites over the last 48hrs.. in Rennes les Bains now no reception on a 1.25 Gibertini. of the 2f channels. eg. C5 etc. the BBC's etc. on 2e are still OK but much weaker. (if it was bad weather i doubt they would be working).
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby graham34 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:12 pm

Curious. Watched the football recorded last night (on BBC2 HD Scotland, don't ask). First 15 mins, from 23:10, barely watchable. After that perfect picture. Another recording that ended 22:50 was fine. Signal strength currently 80% to 90% on this channel.

Of course this could have been wildlife on the roof or UFO over the village.
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby montgolfiere » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:20 pm

the signal seems to have recovered somewhat again since mid morning.
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby serge » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:58 pm

So, how long does it take before satellite signals become stable?

Just wondered like.
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby montgolfiere » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:54 pm

Unfortunately any Stability is unlikely for 'Fringe Reception'. We just need to get the depth of the lows and for how long as welll as the Highs . Then we can make informed based on Fact. If possible that would entail seeing how the satellites perform over a whole year. However the winter months tend to give better reception so we at least need to get into the Summer to have half an idea. I am going on the data from 2f last year. HOWEVER 2e is not a carbon copy so although 'useful' not necessarily a foolproof Guide!!
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby montgolfiere » Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:05 pm

informed decisions.. see typo above !!
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby peter » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:18 pm

The signal is variable.

Have heard from two people who had upgraded their dishes and they've lost channels this week :

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby montgolfiere » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:26 pm

Signal very low today... i have lost most channels on a 125 Gib. chez-moi. Glad i have the IPTV Back up, else i would miss the China F1 replay this afternoon.
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby graham34 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:08 pm

During dark cloud and rain this evening lost some HD channels on 2F (ITV HD, C4 HD, BBC News HD for a time but other 2F channels holding up well).

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby peter » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:18 pm

I've followed Montgolfieres advice and held off from upgrading yet.

I've found a nice ap that overlays the sat position on my phone camera meaning I can see any obstructions and so put the new dish in a different position, out of the N wind, and giving a much shorter cable run.

There is a free version : https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... tefinderar

In the meantime I'm now playing with these :

Zenmate : https://zenmate.com VPN currently free

Tunnel Bear : https://www.tunnelbear.com VPN free with a monthly limit of 500mb of data and low subscription costs to convert to unlimited

n.b. One edition of HIGNFY uses about 250mb

Filmon : https://www.filmon.com is free but only has live TV with adverts at the start of each session
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby Brian and Helen » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:04 pm

No reception problems here in Magalas, despite rotten weather

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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby peter » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:34 pm

Certainly seems going bigger is better than scrimping. I wonder if any Mairie is interested in planning permission for larger dishes ?
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby Brian and Helen » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:39 pm

Apparently the first 120cm dish my man installed was right next to the Mairie, and nobody's said anything yet!
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby graham34 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:47 pm

peter wrote:Certainly seems going bigger is better than scrimping. I wonder if any Mairie is interested in planning permission for larger dishes ?


Now you've cleared all that garden growth you can just plonk the dish in the garden :)
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby Mike » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:26 am

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Sky freesat reception lost on 80cm dish, but has been re-established using a 1.1m Primesat dish (available in light grey) plus Smart Titanium LNB - purchased in UK for £110, will just about fit in an estate car for transport from the UK. All channels restored and slightly higher signal strength and quality than from previous dish. Even worked well during rain.
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Re: Reception Reports URGENTLY Needed

Postby gurubarry » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:37 pm

Thanks Mike ...sounds as if the 110 dish route is working ?
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