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Test Report for Echolink EL-101 FTA

Echolink EL-101 FTA

A free-to-air or FTA Receiver is a satellite TV receiver designed solely to receive unencrypted broadcasts. Modern decoders are typically compliant with the MPEG-2 / DVB-S and more recently the MPEG-4 / DVB-S2 standard for digital television, while older FTA receivers relied on analog satellite transmissions which have declined rapidly in recent years. Overwhelmingly, FTA receivers are manufactured in South Korea and China.

The EL-101 FTA is a very updated and interesting receiver. It is specially designed for digital free-to-air signals. It will enable you to tune unlimited satellite channels. You will definitely find it user-friendly. The EL-101 FTA has the capacity to store 1800 TV and Radio channels. It comes preprogrammed with 64 C and Ku-band satellites. The front panel of the receiver is designed simply. It has seven buttons to control the whole operation of the receiver. There is no CI slot for access to pay channels. The rear panel of the receiver is also simply laid out. There is a RF Output for TV / VCR serial interface RS-232 for uploading new receiver software, three RCA Jacks and a main power switch. The remote control has all the necessary buttons having access to all important functions of the receiver.

The EL-101 FTA can communicate in English, Farsi, French, Arabic, Portugese and Russian languages. It supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2. It is fully DVB-S/MPEG-2 compliant. After pressing Menu key of the remote control or the front panel, a main menu will be displayed on your screen. The Echolink EL-101 FTA has fastest scanning speed as compared to other free to air satellite receivers of the era. An interesting feature is the ability to select whether the unit can search FTA-only signals. 1241 TV and 486 Radio channels were found in 4 minutes and 5 seconds. After the complete scanning, the receiver first saves the channels and then turns on the first channel found. The searched channels can be edit, delete, rename and moved in to one of the eight favourite list for easier recall at later time. To access to your own favourite lists, you can rename the favourites to something meaningful to yourself, for example Film, Sports, kids etc. The video output standard of the receiver may be switched between PAL and NTSC and the automatic switching occurs between these two color norms easily. The EL- 101 FTA receives both SCPS and MCPC with out any delay. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) display channel numbers and information's, which is available by the manufacturer.

The Multipicture display is an extra ordinary character of the receiver. While watching the channel you can see the current channel information at any time by pressing the INFO key on remote control. Manual PID entry is also possible. By pressing the OK button, the channel list will appear on your screen. It will help you to select the channel that you want to watch easily. The parental lock menu prevents children or unauthorized persons from watching programmes. If you want to see the picture closer, just press the Zoom button to see the picture in detail. Symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec is not a problem for EL-101 FTA. EL-101 FTA. is an elegant receiver to fulfillmost of the demands of the present era. Operation and all menus of the receiver are designed simply.



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