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 Post subject: Satellite Dish
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:51 am 
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I'm having problems installing the dish. It's only 60cm but I've been told that's good enough for here. It's out on the back wall do has about 30m cabling to the hdr freesat box.
I have a satfinder too.

My problem is it's so sensitive, is that normal? I can have a signal and not touch a thing and then the signal drops completely. So when I do get a signal, the slightest movement when tightening the bolts drops me out again. 3 nights of this so far, it's very frustrating. I just wonder if the kit I've got is no good.

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 Post subject: Re: Satellite Dish
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I'm not an expert, but the best info I can find suggests a 60cm should be good enough for most of France, especially if it has a clear line of sight and no overhanging trees, or you might get pixelization. In rare cases or certain outlying areas an 80cm dish is required which can pretty much guarantee reception.

Sounds like your 60cm dish is adequate if you're getting a picture, though I'm unsure why you'd lose the signal so easily. A friend of mine had similar problems though, so it's not uncommon and they were advised not to mount it onto an outside wall, and to have it free-standing elsewhere instead if possible. Not sure that will be of any help to you.

Personally I used to put my TV aerials inside the loft space rather than outside, and the signal was perfectly good and then you're talking about a couple of screws (at worst) if there's nowhere to rest it, not more tricky bolt tightening that moves the dish. But I've never tried it with a satellite dish and never in France.

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 Post subject: Re: Satellite Dish
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It has to go outside, I think, to be unobstructed. The roof here is so high I wouldn't feel safe going up there, even if I could find a ladder long enough. So the only place left was the back wall.
I wonder if I'm doing something fundamentally wrong for it to be so sensitive. I'm sure I've put the little jobbies on the end of coax properly.


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I cant even find anyone local who can help :( football season starts soon and although it's not sky at least I would have 5live and match of the day :( :(


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I know it's the basics but you could always double check everything if you haven't already, some of those coax connectors are so cheap they can look fine and not work then when you re-do it they're fine. Other common sense stuff would be to try it with a spare cable assuming you have another one that long? Or even if you don't put it on the front door step with a shorter cable... if the problem is gone then it's your cable at fault if it's not look at your connectors and consider refitting them a few times/replacing them to see if you can get it working more reliably.

If none of that helps... with any luck we'll have a satellite expert amongst us on here who can help you further. Maybe there's a setting you can tweak. :shrug:

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thanks Con, I might risk my French and ask for help in the bar :cheers:


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I have a small dish system for my caravan, on it once you start to pick up a signal by manually moving the dish you go to the fine tune menu on the sat finder and do your adjustments there. :shrug:

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Sheasy's Bum Hamster wrote:
I have a small dish system for my caravan, on it once you start to pick up a signal by manually moving the dish you go to the fine tune menu on the sat finder and do your adjustments there. :shrug:


Is that on the TV? because my sat finder just makes a high pith noise, there is no menu let alone a fine tune element :shrug:


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yeah you get it up on the screen after the high pitched noise bit

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Sheasy's Bum Hamster wrote:
my caravan

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my caravan

pikey :haha:



:snigger:








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Resurrection Joe wrote:
Sheasy's Bum Hamster wrote:
my caravan

pikey :haha:



Where else would I keep me dags? Any more of that n oill box ye! :rocky:

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Get him Sheasy. :snigger:

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