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GovMindCtrlGuy

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Long time listener, first time caller.

There is a cw600s premium at my local thrift store for $10, as Iith all thift store electronics, there is no garuntee of functionality. I am wondering if I should snag it, or is it a case of "you get what you pay for".

I am hoping to get into the hobby cheaply (looking at a craigslist snag for the dish) to see if I like it, then replace my knitial purchases if I do.

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If you want to get one toe wet..then get it. 

Looking at the specs

It is DVB -S only not S2 and is mpeg 2 only now HD.

You will be very very limited in what you can receive and watch.

Mostly the religious channels on G19 KU. Most of the lesea channels on C g16 and a few others.

Do you have a dish?

But  if you just want to learn..10 bucks and being able to learn and see...not much money wasted there.
If you are looking to get a good taste of what is up there...might pass.

Welcome and wil be glad to help in any way I can!  [smile]

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Like the above post, along with a receiver you also need a dish and on lnb[f].  If you have neither a dish or lnb[f], the receiver would do you no good.  You can get into the "hobby" on the KU side for around $200 package.  Rick offers a better quality package here.  It's a fun hobby hope  to see you here.  Jess out in California
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Got an 18" previously from a flea market, but it seems that it would be way too small. I got rid of it. Looking for a good dish still. May have to tripod it until I get fully hooked.
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I have used a direct slimline for G-19.  The horzonial ch's do pretty well but the vertical ch's are problematic because of the oval shape of this dish.  The dish and tripod mount were free so I can't compline. I used a dual liner lnbf.  Check around and see if you can find one not in use.  Jess out in California
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Just a little update for y'all decided to go out and get the 10 dollar receiver, was also looking at a $12 NFusion at the same place, but I think that is for the higher DVB bands (correct me if I am wrong.

I see a scar/wire on the side on the house from where a previous owner had a dish, so I don't think I will have much issue with the installing part. Still looking to snipe off a steal on the dish itself, and (hopefully no offense to Rick) I am going to go to a local brick-and-morter place for the LNB

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The bigger the dish the better.  As for the lnbf, Pick up one that is dual linier for 10750 freq.  You will need a 22k s/w and cable to connect everything  from receiver to the dish.  A cheap meter will get you started.  The $12 Nfusion may have "pirate" f/w, so you are better off with the captiveworks.   That is a dvb-s receiver but you should still be able to get quiet a few ch's on G-19.  Once you get your feet wet you can save up some money for a better set-up.  Welcome to the hobby!  Jess out in California
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I have sucessfully modified a dish 500 and have received feeds from 3 lnbf's on it. Will it still receive during heavy storms, probably not. But i did get surprisingly good signal strength and quality from all 3 lnbf's. Even on a dreary day with heavy mist. A turbohd dish performed better. Id suspect a hugesnet dish (the oval one) would be better then either of those but havent tested it yet, however i have tested the huesnet 1m dish and am in the process of setting it up the way I want it and installing it on my house. There are a ton of these dishes laying around, or sitting on houses not being used. I think it cost me 14 bucks for the brackets I built and the hardware to attach it. One important thing is to measure where the factory lnbf sits. Measure distance from center of dish to the front of the lnbf, check how high off the support arm the center of the lnbf is and the angles that the lnbf is at. Took me like 30 minutes to measure everything and bend a bracket in my vice. I initially used a 10" 90* fence repair bracket and an 1 1/2 conduit hanger to build my first bracket, then i figured out I could buy flat steel stock and cut the thing to the length I wanted and then bend it accordingly while still using the conduit hanger to hold the lnbf. You wont get the pbs channels or the lpbs channels with the dish network dishes though.
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Its important to note i was able to receive all fta signals on 103w 97w and 91w. The quality levels were 59%, 48% and 52% respectively. I pointed the main lnbf at 103w because it was the hardest to get on a side lobe. While it is true that a larger reflector will give better signal and quality, and a good pll lnbf will drastically improve performance people on a tight budget and some free time and basic know how could conceivably have a cheap fta setup running in an afternoon for less then 50 bucks including receiver. But I strongly caution against the cheap receivers, but a good one from Rick or one of the other reputable dealers in the states. My preference right now is the linkbox 9000I local because it also has an ATSC tuner for over the air tv so you have everything on one box, no need to switch between the receiver and the local tv stations(available From Rick) If you do have a problem youll get help, and support. If anyone i know needs a receiver I send em to Rick first, If i need a receiver, Ill buy it from Rick, and i have bought a lot of receivers. Plus Rick ships as fast as amazon, and faster then anyone on ebay. One last note to consider when using a repurposed dish, make sure its not been dropped or is bent, if it has been more then likely it wont work at all. If it were me and i had it to do over again knowing what i know now id have 1 90cm dish (minimum) on a motor and a couple of these dishes parked on a couple of other satellites and some switches.
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