Suitable satellite receiver

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MathsBloke
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Suitable satellite receiver

Postby MathsBloke » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:38 pm

Hello everyone, I've recently rejoined the club now that I have more time to myself.

I was wondering if the IceCrypt satellite RX would be a useful addition to the shack for checking my home brew transmitter?
These are sold by maplin at a very reasonable price - does anyone else have experience of these?

Many thanks for any help.

Regards
Bob G6TDR

g8vpg
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Location: Bristol

Re: Suitable satellite receiver

Postby g8vpg » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:14 pm

Bob,
I have an older Icecrypt S3200CCIHD and I have recently set up one of the current models, an S1600CHD. They are both very fine satellite receivers. They will do both DVB-S and DVB-S2 and will tune down to 1ms/s. However, for local monitoring of your transmitter, a cheap free to air receiver from Ebay would be adequate and these may be obtained for £20 or so. However, if you want an Icecrypt from a local shop, you will not be disappointed and they also work very well with a dish and lnb on satellite broadcasts.
73 Shaun G8VPG.

MathsBloke
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Re: Suitable satellite receiver

Postby MathsBloke » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:23 pm

Thanks Shaun, I'm very tempted as freeview is very poor in this area so it would be useful for that too.

Regards
Bob G6TDR

g8vpg
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Re: Suitable satellite receiver

Postby g8vpg » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:52 am

Bob,
If you want a satellite receiver for domestic TV viewing, I would recommend a Freesat type. The problem with the free to air type is that your local domestic channels are all mixed up with lots of others and you have to spend a lot of time sorting out a list of favourites. A Freesat receiver gives you a dedicated EPG with everything properly and automatically sorted for your local channels. However, they can often be very difficult to add non-Freesat channels to. However, they are so cheap now, you might as well have both .. !
73 Shaun.

MathsBloke
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Re: Suitable satellite receiver

Postby MathsBloke » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:55 pm

Hi Shaun,

I've settled for the IceCrypt s3750 and I've done a quick test on a cheap dish and I'm very impressed so far.

Thanks for your help.

Regards
Bob G6TDR


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