Welcome to my electronics/communications website.
I have been tuning in satellite transmissions since December of 1987.
That's when I gave Cable the official boot out the door after providing poor service for years. I started off my satellite hobby with a 10 foot Tee-Comm Alpha 10 dish and a Uniden 9900 IRD.
This got my feet wet, and I needed more so in May of 1989 I upgraded to a 12 foot Unimesh 12XL dish with a California Amplifier Commercial LNB
and a National ADL RP1C Feedhorn. In November of 1990 I upgraded my Receiver to a Chaparral Monterey 50 and ran that till January 2006. With Everything in the sky going Digital I needed to get into it.
So I bought a Motorola 4DTV DSR 922. In September of 2006 I put up a 90 cm Primestar Channel master Ku dish to see Galaxy 16 (4DTV HITS Channels). In December of 2006 I bought a Pansat 2700A for Mpeg-2 feeds. In July of 2007 I put up an 84 cm Ku dish to see Galaxy 19 and AMC 4 ku.
Many probably don't know but there are tons of digital signals that can be received from the sky for free.
Im not talking about hacking some subscription pie plate service either. Im talking about on C band and FSS ku band. Currently my Ku dishes get the RTN (RTV Networks) on AMC-9, Backhaul Cable feeds and more are found on on AMC 4. My second LNBF on my dual feed Ku dish is pointed at Galaxy 19 for news services from around the world. I have a modified Dish 500 dish with a linear FSS LNBF pointed at Anik F1 to receive DC-2 FTA from Canada. My C band dish receives many ITC feeds and network backhaul channels with DVB. My 4DTV gives me C band analog and my DC-2 Subscription Channels. Also using Generic Maps gets me cable backhaul first generation masters when ITC. It's such a treat to see a SD C band master look better than what people pay for on Direct Tv, Dish Network and Cable with there HD lite.
I have recently got back into an old hobby I've had since 1972 Dxing OTA tv stations from other cities. With Digital Tv its a whole new ball game because when you get a signal locked the picture is perfect. Kinda beats the old snowy analog days of Dxing.
Below are the Receivers I currently have connected and use to Scan the Skys.