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houdini

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Hi guys I need your help.

I have a family member in Los Angeles who wants to install an antenna on his property to explore american feeds.

What is the recommended antenna size for exploring feeds on C band satellites like 89w, 91w, 95w, 97w, 99w? 6 foot, 8 foot, 10 foot?

Can you recommend stores in LA that sell these antennas and other satellite stuff?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi guys I need your help.

I have a family member in Los Angeles who wants to install an antenna on his property to explore american feeds.

What is the recommended antenna size for exploring feeds on C band satellites like 89w, 91w, 95w, 97w, 99w? 6 foot, 8 foot, 10 foot?

Can you recommend stores in LA that sell these antennas and other satellite stuff?

Thanks in advance.

Hello,

I recommend a 10 ft. prime focus for C-band.  An 8 footer will have trouble receiving those marginal signals, but still get you plenty of channels to view.

I recommend a 1.2 meter offset (4 ft.) for Ku-band.

Check out Facebook Marketplace in your area for used satellite dishes.  Check abandoned gas stations, shopping centers, or old factories.  Sometimes the homeowners or proprietors of these places want the old dishes and poles removed for free.  There are only a scant few satellite company's, that I'm aware of, where you can buy a brand new prime focus big dish, but the cost and shipping can be very expensive.  A brand new 1.2 meter metal offset dish for Ku-band is priced a little more reasonably, if you can pick it up to avoid the shipping cost! Check the internet.

Good luck! 😃

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You can get c and ku fine with the 10 footer if it's aimed properly using a dual feed horn like Rick sells.

houdini

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Thanks for the answers.

10 ft seems to be the recommended size but I will have a hard time getting a dish of that size, if anyone can help indicate a store I would appreciate it.

Mike

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I recommend now 12 feet.
More feeds going 16apsk or 32apsk. Those require bigger to rely on them.
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Houdini, there really are no "stores" that sell large satellite dishes anymore, unless you want to pay huge bucks for a professional system.  Even buying a 10' dish by mail order is virtually impossible.  Driving around and looking for dishes on bars and homes that may no longer be in use is your best bet.

But you should also be aware, C-band is on the way out.  If they sell our frequencies to 5G as is currently in-process, you will need more equipment - expensive filters - to get fewer channels.  And already much transmission is moving off Ku-band in favor of Internet distribution.  New encoding methods such as HVEC-4:2:2 also lead to computer reception only (no consumer set-top box can display that).

For 30 years, people have been predicting the end of the home satellite hobby, and yet it survives.  Not sure about this time.

That said, a 10-foot dish works well in Los Angeles for both C and Ku reception - BUT there is one more problem - most of LA is near an airport, and you may need an expensive airplane radar filter if you don't like frequent signal drop-outs.
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Does any one know who sells 12 foot mesh dish in the US?..thanks
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We can still get and sell commercial 12' dishes.  I don't have them listed on our site.  These are excellent solid 4 panel dishes, but are heavier than mesh dishes and cost more.  I will get a new quote for current pricing and post back.

No more US Mesh dish manufacturers left that I am aware of.  I believe that Tek2000 in Canada still has some of what I believe are imported mesh dishes and several folks here have ordered from them and been satisfied.

Thanks,

Rick



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