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Vin Blanc

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  • Birthday 21/01/1938

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    New Milton, Hants
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    Caravanning, Satellite TV in caravans
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    Vauxhall Frontera V6
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  1. Didn’t realise that there was a terrestrial transmitter close to Wells until I arrived there. Our pitch backed up to a very thick 12ft high hedge with a large tree growing up through it exactly in a direct line between my caravan “Status 530” aerial and the Mendip transmitter (about 5 miles away). As I always use satellite with the caravan I hadn’t bothered to bring my Freeview PVR from home so didn’t think twice before setting up and aiming my low level satellite dish (it only takes a few minutes)! One interesting point, whilst strolling around the site one evening, (virtually in the shadow of this huge transmitter), we were able to count only about a dozen vans and campers with their aerials actually aimed at it. The majority were pointing everywhere but! Vin Blanc
  2. I have neve seen a compass that doesn't show South East (SE), it's exactly halfway between East and South! Vin Blanc
  3. chris76 I know absolutely nothing about mobile phones or their “Apps”. If you use a cheap Signal Finder and connect it “In line”, as long as you start from South East (135°) and rotate slowly towards South, then Astra 2 will be the first satellite that you start to pick up. Further than that, I am unable to help you. Vin Blanc
  4. You're quite right of course. It's just so difficult to understand just what chris76 is doing without being next to him! Vin Blanc
  5. As I said in my original article, first set the elevation roughly vertical and point the dish using a cheap compass at SW (135°) and lock it down. Now connect the Signal finder and adjust the Azimuth towards South till the squeal reaches its peak. Astra 2 (Freesat & Sky) should be the first satellite cluster you pick up. Slacken the elevation lock again and fine tune the elevation setting by gently tilting the dish backward or forward (just a nudge at a time) until the squeal again reaches its peak. Lock off the elevation. When adjusting the elevation, be aware that wherever you stop tilting the dish, it will drop just another fraction under its own weight so try to allow for this. Go check your signal strength and quality readings on the TV (note; the “quality” reading is the most important one and should preferably be around 80% or above. Always bear in mind that the larger the dish, the more accurate and diligent you need to be. When fine tuning for the ultimate “signal quality” reading, always move the dish just a tiny fraction at a time and pause for a few seconds to give your “Digibox” (receiver) time to adjust to the new setting. It’s always much easier if you can see the TV screen whilst fine-tuning. If you can’t, - get someone to sit in front of the TV to yell “better” or “worse” according to the strength and quality readings. Vin Blanc
  6. Hi chris76, Pleased to hear you now have a signal. Only 60% signal quality isn't very good for an 85cm dish. I would have expected somewhere between 80% to 90%. Anyway, well done, hope you enjoyed my West Bay story. Vin Blanc
  7. chris76 Having read back through the earlier posts in this thread, I came across one of my own earlier posts dated 27th Feb (half way down Page 2) which described something that happened to me whilst on a trip to West Bay near Bridport. I think it might amuse you but at the same time, here's hoping that it might just provide the answer to your problem. Vin Blanc
  8. 60% Strength or quality? Have you read and followed my "setting up" article to the letter? i.e. "The art of aiming a satellite dish" Also check my posts dated 26th Feb and 20th March. Vin Blanc
  9. Good luck with what ????????????????? VB
  10. During my active caravanning days I used a 57mm “Cassegrain” Alloy dish which, in those days, pulled in all the Freesat channels as far south as the Dordogne. If I planned to go further south (Navarrenx in SW France was a favourite location), then I would take my 85mm (wide) “Offset” Perspex dish (tripod mounted). I must admit that these latest “flat” type dishes seem to work very well however, I am given to understand that something close to a 1m (wide) parabolic dish is now necessary to pull in a Freesat signal in the very south of France (Frejus for example). To my knowledge, “flat” dishes are not available in anything approaching 1m so would be pretty useless that far south! Vin Blanc
  11. If you imagine your dish as a laser beam aimed at the satellite (Astra 2 for example), in the UK, Astra 2 will be about 24,000 miles away high above the equator. There being 360° in a circle (and a compass) then basic schoolboy maths calculate that each degree will equate to about 420 miles (subject to your location). Although the spread of the beamed signal allows a certain amount of tolerance, 850 miles (2°) off target is a bit more than it can cope with! When it comes to fine tuning the dish, simply 1° of elevation or azimuth normally requires no more than but a nudge on the dish, something those having alignment problems often fail to appreciate! BTW, I also use a Humax PVR. Vin Blanc
  12. Correction Doosan, The Azimuth is the lateral dish setting, the tilt of the dish (vertical setting) . is done by adjusting the Elevation Vin Blanc
  13. The dish has to be aimed within 1° vertically and laterally or you won’t get a signal. If the phone isn’t mounted on the dish how can you possibly achieve the required accuracy? Vin Blanc
  14. If you were to Google “The art of aiming a satellite dish” you should find an article written by me for a UK campsite forum. In that article I describe and show pictures of a couple of “Gismo’s” devised by myself which enable the user to set both the dish Elevation and Azimuth very quickly and accurately without even having to switch on the TV. The Azimuth device enables a marine type compass to be mounted on the dish which obviously would be seriously affected by a dish made from ferrous metal such as steel. Vin Blanc
  15. Do you use a satellite system at home (Sky or Freesat)? If so, then you already have most of the kit you will need and can take it with you. If not, then you will need to purchase the items that you don’t already have. Basically, you will need a satellite dish (preferably not steel) complete with LNB, and a Tripod upon which to mount it. The size of the required dish depends very much on just where you plan to use it. Across the channel and into France, the further south you go, the bigger the dish you will need! A Freesat or Sky receiver, (I prefer Freesat). Approximately 25m length of good quality single signal cable, or twin core, (shotgun cable) if you plan to use a receiver/recorder). Last, but not least of course, you will need a TV of your choice. Those are the basic items required for satellite TV. But that’s just the easy bit, the difficult bit is setting up and aiming the dish accurately enough to receive the Astra 2 (Freesat or Sky) signal located at 28.2° east of south. To achieve that, you will also need to purchase a Signal finder and a cheap compass. Vin Blanc
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