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I purchased a foreclosed home and while renovating it one of the boxes I found in the garage had 3 receivers in it. A Sonicview SV-4000, Pansat 2500A, and a Coolsat 5000 Platinum. Also looking in the backyard there are two poles in the ground cemented in one has a no name dish and measures 36" x 32". The second pole has a motor on it a DESEQC H-H motor SG-2100 I think, it's hard to read from the sun fading out the tag. My question is any of this stuff good for anything and would I be able to dial in a signal if setup.

I plunged all 3 units in and they came on so they do work to some extent. So I am not sure if it is worth keeping or take it too the electronic recycle station. I never setup a sat system so I would not even know where to aim the dish which I did watch a youtube video this weekend on. Most I saw was the DTV and dish setups but I did find a couple on pointing a 10 footer.. I looked on my local Craigslist and found none for sale. I thought these went out of service years ago but it looks like I may be wrong.

Thanks for the help.
George
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You have found the correct place to get info and take my advice and never throw much away. Now those receivers are a bit old and dated but they could be a starting point for an interesting new hobby. The Clark Belt is alive and well after all these years and as others have stated recently there is still plenty to find and watch for sat feed video tv signals. I would connect up the Coolsat  and your dish and just do some scans to see what happens. You will soon want a new receiver but Rick can help you select one of those too. While this hobby may not be for everyone the fact you are here posting means you do have interest. Ask any questions and some one will help you get it all running. I am enjoying my cup of "Morning Joe" and news as we speak via my dish and receiver collection. (msnbc Joe comes in for free) When the news gets to heavy I switch over and get some Cozy tv from the same Ku sat position.
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As boblop said, all 3 receivers are rather old. All 3 are DVB-S, while most signals now are DVB-S2, although there are still a lot of DVB-S signals up there.  Also, I think all 3 of those receivers output in SD  NTSC analog via either an OTA type antenna input or a yellow/red/white cables to the TV, so it depends upon what kind of tuners and connectors your TV has.  The dish is probably big enough for the DVB-S signals still out there, but is maybe a bit small for the DVB-S2-8PSK signals. 
    But like Boblop said, what you have should be a good starting point.  If you want to try it out, you might try the Galaxy-19 sat located at 97W longitude.  See:
https://www.lyngsat.com/Galaxy-19.html
for a list of free DVB-S channels, most of which are foreign language channels. 

Not knowing if the motor still works (ie since dish is on separate pole and motor doesn't have a dish), you might try aiming at that with the dish on the pole it's on rather than trying to use the motor.    Also, another problem you might have, is some receivers are hard to use without a remote. With receivers that old, you actually might have a universal remote that has codes for them, or if you have a JP1 remote, you can probably program a remote to control one of them. 
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Thanks for the help I will give in a shot this weekend or next. I do have the remotes except the sonicview one and they work as I put batteries in all of them to see if they turned on the units and changed the channels. The dish is loose so I will need to figure out how to adjust and aim it.

I am in Phoenix Arizona so I hope this dish is large enough for the time being to pickup a signal
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Welcome to Ricks George[smile].As previously posted you are at the right place.So many here with a great amount of knowledge in fta to give ya a hand to be up and running.

The SG2100 is a nice motor and my bet is it still works as I have have not read about many failures.No dish on that motor?..Can you post a pic from the yard of the dish and motor?.

Here is a good video for setting up a motorized Ku dish but it would probably be a good idea to set up a fixed dish first to get ur feet wet and then go to this.



As far as the receivers go they were good in the day but not so much anylonger.With DVBS2 signals and a good percentage of feeds being HD they will not do ya so well.But if were me I would use the Cooly to tinker around with to get a dish aligned or even moving.They are good dish movers..I will do a fresh scan of the Ku arc and post just DVBS signals here in this thread tomorrow evening.Been awhile since I hunted down just DVBS signals so i really have no clue what is up there anymore.

What is the lnb that was left behind?

Fun hobby indeed.Post any questions as we were all newbies at one time.Good luck George.[smile].



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1.2 Ch Masters parked at 91,103,105...1.2 Ch Master on a factory Ch Master polar mount tracking from 58-127.
Positioners--Gbox,Vbox and ASC1`s
Receivers--AZMe,AZPlus,AZElite,Icecrypt S1600 HD,Pansat 9500,VU Solo2 SE,Octagon SF4008 UHD 4K,Prof 7500,TBS 6982.

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I will lift the dish off the pole this weekend and see if there is any information on the thing on the end. Also is there a way to test the motor to see if it moves under power. I looked at all three receivers and there is no button to tell it to move same thing on the remotes
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If you have the coax connected between the correct F connectors on the receiver and the motor you then must enter the menus function of the receiver and from there you can find your way to command the motor and control its movement between sat positions.

Some of the early C band receivers or their remotes "had" buttons to directly control the motors. It is a different world with the FTA receivers. A lot of features but many are hidden inside of layers of menus. You have to follow the path through the menus to get to the feature you wish to change from its current setting.

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Just did a quick scan from 87w-127w for 24/7 DVBS signals that any of ur receivers will lock.

I threw this together real quick so when comes time to start tinkering in the yard myself or others can check to confirm.Sure I missed some but is a good start.

87w SES 2        11959 H 29270---Active 24/7
89w Galaxy 28  12132 V 10370---Active 24/7
91w Galaxy 17  12011 V 13333---Active 24/7
93w Galaxy 25  12127 V 2219----Active 24/7
95w Galaxy 3c   11781 H 20760--Active 24/7
97w Galaxy 19   11836 V 20768--Active 24/7
99w Galaxy 16
101w SES 1              
103w SES 3       
105w AMC 15     11856 V 3550---Active 24/7
121w Echo 9      12015 V 20000--Active 24/7
123w Galaxy 18  
125w AMC 21
127w H1

Good luck George...[smile]

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1.2 Ch Masters parked at 91,103,105...1.2 Ch Master on a factory Ch Master polar mount tracking from 58-127.
Positioners--Gbox,Vbox and ASC1`s
Receivers--AZMe,AZPlus,AZElite,Icecrypt S1600 HD,Pansat 9500,VU Solo2 SE,Octagon SF4008 UHD 4K,Prof 7500,TBS 6982.

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Thank you I will try and get out back early this weekend and see what I have for an LNB. The dish is not secure so I will lift it off the pole and see if there is any info on it. Dug out a little 12inch color T.V to connect to the receiver just need to get a 8ft coax cord for it
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Well I didn't get the dish it was too badly damage buy I helped the guy take it down for scrap metal but he did give me the receiver and 2 remotes for it. This is what it is called hoping maybe I can connect it to my 36 inch dish and find a Satellite to see if it works until I can find something else.

HTS Tracker Premier System 70
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Well I didn't get the dish it was too badly damage buy I helped the guy take it down for scrap metal but he did give me the receiver and 2 remotes for it. This is what it is called hoping maybe I can connect it to my 36 inch dish and find a Satellite to see if it works until I can find something else.

HTS Tracker Premier System 70


I have a HTS 70. Bought for a $1000 in Huntington Beach on Beach Blvd in 1991. 
It only does analog feeds. Not many if any of those left on ku. It can move your big dish when you get it. It used to do videocypher back in the good ol' days. 
It moves my cband dish around. I thru the boards away when weather channel left.
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OK thanks I guess it's time to look for something newer
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Lots of options out there for you. Rick has some to choose from on his rickssatellite website. Ebay, etc..
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Thanks but now I need to figure out what to look for in a receiver
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