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Vin Blanc

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About 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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    No longer active caravanning

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  1. The calculation derived from what was known as "Ohms law" when I was a "Youth In Training" with the GPO back in the 1950's. Vin Blanc
  2. Sorry VinnyE, I lost the original photos when my computer crashed a few years ago however, I have a further tip for you as follows;- During all my trips to southern France and Italy, I never ever, had to change the Skew setting on my “off-set” dish. Initially, I had set the skew to 12.5° (half way between 0° and 25°,) which is about 34 minutes past the hour on a clock face. Obviously, if I had ever received a weak signal I would have adjusted the skew to that advised by “Dishpointer” but I never once had cause to do so which is great when moving from site to site every few days! Another of my articles might prove informative! Skew? - what the hell is skew? In order to understand what skew is all about, I found it necessary to build up a mental picture as follows:-. Try to imagine that you are looking due south at a rainbow spanning from east to west in a huge arc. At various points in the arc of this rainbow there hover hundreds of satellites. This has become known as “The Clarke Belt”, (named after the famous Arthur C. Clarke). Sited along the Clarke Belt between South and East are a couple that we have all heard about. Namely Astra 1 at 19.2º East of south and Astra 2 at 28.2º East of south. Without a diagram this is about the best way I can describe how it would look. East (90º)……..………Astra 2....Astra 1.…South (180º)…………………….……………..West (270º) Imagine now that both the satellite and the dish are square in shape instead of circular. It is easy to appreciate that the further east the satellite is located around the arc of the rainbow, the more it starts to tilt in relation to the view of the observer on the ground (also known as the “Dish”!) The difference between the face to face angle of the satellite and the dish can be measured in degrees and to correct it, it will be necessary to tilt the dish sideways to match the satellite. Now in practical terms it is not always possible to tilt the dish sideways so we do the next best thing and tilt (or “skew”) the LNB by the amount of degrees necessary to re-align it with the satellite. And that, for what it’s worth is Skew! For those with fixed (non mobile) dishes, the skew angle is usually set at the time of installation and will never need further adjustment however, for those of us with caravans and campers (and even tents), our dishes have to be set up and adjusted at each new venue. When you are getting a good strong signal, the skew setting is not mega important. (I tend to leave the LNB on my dish set at approx 12.5º) however, in areas where the signal is weak, adjusting the skew could just mean the difference between getting a continuous perfect picture or absolutely nothing at all! Vin Blanc
  3. To get some idea of just what is involved, perhaps the O.P. might care to Google an article 'wot I wrote' a few years back for another forum. Google; "The art of aiming a satellite dish" by Vin Blanc. Good luck! Vin Blanc
  4. Welcome to the club stevew1 I also was a GPO Y.I.T. Did you spot my post in another thread entitled “Put your finger in the hole……” as follows; - Back in the 1950’s I drove a little green GPO Telephones van. These early vans did not have heaters or windscreen demisters and on frosty and snowy mornings the windows would be completely iced over and impossible to see through. In order to get to our place of work for that day (usually a little telephone exchange up in the Cotswolds), my mate and I would light up our petrol burning “Blowlamp”. This would be placed on the floor of the van between my mates feet whilst I drove (very carefully) to our destination some 20 – 25 miles away. It melted the ice on the windows and provided a little warmth throughout the journey! Those were the days! Vin Blanc
  5. The Multimo is a "Cassegrain" type 40cm diameter dish which the manufacturers claim was equivelent to a 55 cm. I would be inclined to split the difference and describe it as "almost a 50 cm". To my knowledge, a 60 cm (minimum) dish is now necessary as far south as the Dordogne but it is quite a few years since I was there using my German made "Arcon" 60 cm Cassegrain Type! Gone are the days when I set up my then 40 cm "off-set" dish near the just opened viaduct bridge over the Tarn Gorge and pulled in every Freesat channel! Vin Blanc
  6. Presumably, you're referring to "Blackmore" near "Hanley Swan" which in my day, was an army camp with a "squadie" on guard at the entrance (armed with a rifle). Swans swimming up the High Street? (from "the cross" to the "Cathederal"?) would mean that the flood level would be about 25ft to 30ft above normal river level???????? You're making me cry Durbanite. Vin Blanc
  7. Purely out of curiosity, where is the Caravan Club site in Worcester that you refer to? I grew up and worked in Worcester (leaving in the late 1960's). Spent a lot of my schooldays as a member of Worcester Rowing Club (next to the Grandstand Hotel) and on several occasions paddled my Kayak around the Race course when it was flooded! Vin Blanc
  8. Not a Church, it's an Abbey. - Tewkesbury Abbey! - Google it. Vin Blanc
  9. When I was stationed in the signals dept., of RAF Records Office, Gloucester, back in 1957/58, I used to ride my little motorbike past here in Tewkesbury on my way to and from Worcester, (my home town in those days). I did the 55 mile round trip each day I was on duty. Seems it is no different now to what it was in those days however, 10 years earlier (in 1947) the weather was even worse! I recall the very heavy snow lasting throughout January and February. Nothing to do but go “sledging” every day, This was all followed by severe flooding through March. Schools were all closed due to fuel supplies being unable to get through. Life was so hard for a schoolboy in those days! Vin Blanc
  10. Mr PLODD. Bravo Andy, I am in full admiration of your continued persistence standing up to the disgraceful manner in which this pathetic company have tried (unsuccessfully I'm pleased to hear) to fob you off! Most of their replies to you have been (IMO) nothing short of what I can only describe (on this forum) as "male bovine excrement". Keep up the good work and "Lang may yer lumb reek" (as they say north of the border). Vin Blanc
  11. As I recall, the "twigs" became very unpopular. Understand that they didn't perform well with Horizontally polarised transmitters, or was it Vertically polarised transmitters? Can't remember which! Vin Blanc
  12. Perfectly understand your reluctance to venture into satellite wildroamer, I can assure you that it is not an easy subject for a beginner. To give you some idea of what is involved, "Google" an article I wrote a few years ago for UKCS entitled "The art of aiming a satellite dish". It goes on to describe a couple of "gizmos" that I devised to make aiming the dish a lot quicker and easier. Vin Blanc
  13. Something else has just sprung to mind which the O.P. might like to note; When aiming your caravan TV aerial, never rely on where the aerials on other vans are pointing, most of them don’t have a clue. Always check and note the direction of the Wardens TV aerial (on the campsite office) or nearby houses. In addition, note whether the aerial reflectors (the stickyout bits) are pointing Vertically or Horizontally (V or H). The Wardens aerial will have most certainly been erected and aimed professionally as will have most of the local houses so they will be pointing in the right direction and polarised accordingly, unlike the idiot in the van next to me at a club site just outside Wells in Somerset many years ago. The 1000ft high TV transmitter could be clearly seen from our site on a hill about 5 miles to the north of us so obviously I pointed our aerial straight at it, resulting in an excellent picture following a quick re-tune. The bloke next door had pointed his aerial more or less due west towards Weston-Super-Mare and was wondering why his picture kept breaking up! Takes all sorts! As it happened, I was also testing out my satellite dish now mounted on my newly devised ground level (and water filled) umbrella base. Having set up and aimed the dish within a few minutes I shut everything down whilst we went out for lunch. Upon our return in the late afternoon I switched on the TV and selected Satellite (Freesat), only to be faced with a blank screen! Puzzled, I went outside to find the problem. All seemed OK initially, dish was facing approx south east, co-ax cables still plugged into the van ??????? Then I spotted the problem. My other neighbour in a camper had parked his pushbike directly in front of my satellite dish! Fortunately, foul language is not permitted on this forum. Vin Blanc
  14. If it's a "directional" type aerial then you need to point it towards the nearest TV transmitter at each new site you visit and then re-tune your receiver (the TV?) to match the new (local) transmitter. Only if you have the "Flying saucer" type (non directional) would you not have to aim it! Vin Blanc
  15. Vin Blanc

    4 Wheel drive

    My Old 2003 V6 Frontera 4 x 4 came fitted with an optional "Limited Slip" rear differential which proved excellent on both normal roads and/or slippery terrain snow etc. In my early rally days I once fitted a "Limited slip" diff' in a Mini Cooper but had to remove it after only one rally as the car consistently tried to drive to the right, leaving me with aching arms trying to hold it in a straight line all night for over 200 miles! You only learn the hard way! Vin Blanc
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