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The Full Potential of Satellite TV - NickHedge - 11-16-2008

Have you often wondered where the really bizarre shit that we see on the net comes from? I know I have and it ain't from network television or the regular paid programming of Dish Network. I never knew what all could be achieved with a satellite link, but now I do.

I ran across this most interesting page today while searching for other information (as is usually the case) and thought it would be of interest here in off topic.

I am going to place two links, one to the main page and one to the information about ALTERNATIVE SATELLITE FEEDS. Check it out.

Main Page Link:

Satellite Specific Information Link:

Snippet from page:


There are two main bands of frequencies used for domestic satellite transmission. The C band, which is 3 to 4 GHz,
and the Ku Band, which is 11 to 12 GHz. C band is the more popular with broadcast and cable services for program
distribution and recurring feed transmission of syndicated television shows.

Ah, but the Ku band now there is where the fun is. Requiring only the addition of a dual band feedhorn and a new Ku LNB, (Low Noise Block Convertor), Ku band can be easilly added to most home dish systems. A few older dishes, with mesh that has holes greater than a quarter inch, are not Ku Compatible. All currently sold dishes ARE Ku compatible though. Ku is more for the specialist and real TVRO DXer. As with some of the 'specialty' modes of SWL and HAM DX, the Ku band is not for everyone. The programming on Ku does not consist of a lot of regularly scheduled channels. This very aspect makes it exciting. Most news events are now uplinked on KU because the uplink dish is 4 times smaller than a C band uplink dish. More sporting events show up on Ku than C band, (if that is your thing, in my case it is not)... and there are a lot of specialty Ku channels, like several channels of Asian programming, Some really fine Canadian alternative programming, And a channel for training Fire and Emergency personel.

PBS is moving to KU and NBC is already there. But for the most part, the Ku band is the "happy hunting ground" for the real dish head. Special events are the rule rather than the exception on KU. There is a lot of blank spectrum up
there, so it takes a bit more scanning before you find something, but it will generally be something interesting.

Ku by its nature is more tricky to align and tune than C band. The channel plans vary from satellite to satellite,
giving more challenge to mastering this aspect of TVRO DX.

However, if you are setting up a first system, you should consider putting in the KU part immediately even if you
don't get to it right away. Beyond the PBS and NBC and Canadian feeds, Ku can be compared somewhat to Tropical
Band SWLing. It takes patience, but it yields great personal reward. You may not get into it right away if you are a newbie, but in time, You will find that Ku adds true spice to life. Many died in the wool dish heads tell me they spend more time on Ku than C band. If they are into any kind of sport, including auto racing, it is easy to see this happening. I spend about half my time on Ku, but this is because I am a multimode TVRO DXer, and have a LOT of ground to cover every day.

The Full Potential of Satellite TV - Easy Skanking - 11-16-2008

Moved to Science and Tech...

The Full Potential of Satellite TV - NickHedge - 11-16-2008

Thanks Easy