Current state of satellite hobby?

zorrin

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My Satellite Setup
Axas HIS 4K Combo
39°E to 34,5°O Ku CM 1m20 +18" actuator+VBox2+CM Feed+Inverto Black Ultra LNB
0,8°E CM 1m20 Fixe+CM Feed+Inverto Black Ultra LNB
28,2°E NEOVIA flat antenna Twin
19°E NEOVIA flat antenna Twin
5°W 80cm Twin
2X DiSEqC 4to1
Samsung 40" (DVB S2 tuner)+FRANSAT CAM
SONY 65" (DVB S2 tuner)+FRANSAT CAM
2X TCL 24" TV (DVB S2 tuner)
Next CM 90cm Fixe/CM 1m20 Moto C bande / Bisat
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france
Additionally I am also spending time planning and installing the Starlink broadband systems in rural areas around here, since the equipment is now arriving on regular shipments from the US.
Did you start to receive the square one ?
 

Channel Hopper

Suffering fools, so you don't have to.
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A little less analogue, and a lot more crap.
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Only the later outdoor units UTA201/211, the square one was, AFAIR still in testing within US/Canada space. The motor(s) in earlier models are fine unless exposed to extreme winds and cold.

Please don't put your faith in the diversity style system yet until tests confirm, (stick with good old steerable parabolic stuff at 11+GHz ground station > LEO > ground station for reliable broadband).

 

dankargo

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My introduction to the hobby came in a strange way, it was all down to the Eurovision Song Contest believe it or not!

I've always had an interest in foreign music and have always had an interest in the contest for this reason (even if the UK do take the p*** out of it). For many people, it's a one night event but it actually runs for several months when you include the televised qualification shows that many countries hold to pick their entry. With the fan community being so large, most people rely solely on live streams of national broadcasters in order to watch these. With the introduction of YouTube live streams, it's pretty seamless and problem free these days. But before that was a thing, the streams were delivered on the servers of each broadcaster. As you can imagine, the sudden surge of hits caused the websites of less well known broadcasters to crash or buffer outrageously. I did some research and found that most of these shows were actually being broadcast FTA on international channels (TVE, ERT World, TRT Int, RTPi, SVT World) so one Saturday afternoon I bought one of those cheap Lidl satellite kits and just tried my luck setting it up. To my surprise, after about an hour I was pointed at 13E and watching seamlessly (while everyone else was struggling with streams!).

That was it, I had the itch and relatively quickly wanted to explore more satellites and go bigger than 40cm.
 
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