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February 2002

Q.1 : Dear Sir, I need your advice on a matter. Is it possible to receive the Thaicom 3 channels and B4U on the same dish by any means? I have a big dish – is there any method that I can use?

Ans: Dear, Let me answer your two questions separately: Technically it is possible to receive C-Band signals from two satellites. However both of them have to be located really close to (within 6 degrees) each other. Thaicom 3 is at 78.5 degrees east and PAS 10 (B4U) is at 68.5 degrees East. Yes if you have a large dish and point it at a spot somewhere in between (say 73 degrees) it may be possible to receive signals from both channels simultaneously. However we would not advise you to do the same since it will lead to a loss of signals being received and may result in on picture at all in some cases. Our advice is to use two separate smaller dishes (say 8 feet diameter each).

Q.2 : Dear Sir, can you tell me that digital satellite receivers have an option for attaching more than 1 LNB at a time? There is something called loop back on the rear panel. What is this loop back for is there any possibility of connecting three LNB’s simultaneously on the back of a receiver.

Ans: Yes you can use a switcher device to connect more than on LNB to a satellite receiver. This device just acts as a manual switcher where it has multiple inputs and one single output. However, watch out, the switcher better be of good quality else you could have problems with interference. If you are an experienced dish installer you could do it yourself, else we would advise the use of the services of a good satellite installer.

Q.3 : As it appears from the list in your magazine most of the channels on Asiasat 2 are free to air digital. So I feel greedy and would like to know if I will be able to catch them all such as Kuwait space channel, FTV etc, along with the entire European Bouquet, by using a single dish with any normal FTA digital receiver? Some cable operators tell me that I would not be able to catch more then 1 or 2 channels. They do not give specific reasons.

Ans: In fact you should be able to receive all the channels from the Asiasat 2 satellite with a single dish and receiver. If you are using a digital receiver you should be able to receive all the channels that are free to-air & digitally compressed in MPEG 2. I would advise the use of a Dual Feedhorn, which will enable you to receive all channels, whether in horizontal or vertical polarity. This would also require the use of an additional LNB. All in all will add about Rs. 1,000 to your cost. If the cable operator tells you that you can receive only two channels – he is wrong. I would suggest that you use the services of an experienced dish installer in Karachi. Note FTV is on longer free-to-air.

Q.4 : Dear Editor this is the tricky one I am feeling really greedy and I am wondering that if I wish to concentrate on the European bouquet and wish to catch some channels on the neighboring Asiasat 3 Satellite (105.5E), would that be possible with a single dish? Needless to say I am not interested in the encrypted channels but only channels such as SABe TV, Arirang TV World etc. that are free to air?

Ans: Normally it is not recommended to receive two satellites with the same dish. But, yes, if you are looking only for personal use and not for re-broadcast / Cable TV, it is technically possible to receive signals from two satellites that are close to each other. In this case Asiasat 2 is at 100.5 degrees East and Asiasat 3S is at 105.5 degrees East. The dish installer would have to point the dish at a position between these two (say at 103 degrees East) at you will be able to get signals from both satellites. A common dish for 2 satellites would almost certainly lead to some degrees of loss in signals strength, as well as, possibly some interference, but it’s a tradeoff between number of channels and signal quality. The result is usually acceptable for personal viewing.

Q.5 : I would like to receive SCV (Singapore), TVB (Hong Kong), RCTI (Indonesia), City TV (Singapore), Bahrain TV, Qatar TV, Kuwait TV, ART, ART Sport 2, TV3 (Malaysia). Are these channels are available in Pakistan?

Ans: Almost all of the channels in your list are not available in Pakistan since either they are scrambled pay services or the satellite on which they are carried does not provide coverage over Pakistan. However the following channels are available in some parts of Pakistan, depending on where you are based. TVB Hong Kong Apstar 2R at 76.5 deg. East Bahrain TV Arabsat 2A at 26 deg. East Kuwait TV Arabsat 2A at 26 deg. East For additional downlink frequencies and details check out our website's satellite directional charts.

Q.6 : Dear Sir, I would like to first of all thank your precious Dish Channels magazine, which provides up-to-date information. My question is, I want to know is there are some free to air Saudi-1 & Saudi-2 channels that can be received in Pakistan. If so, then which receiver, LNB & Feed horn is to be used. Sir, if possible, Please give me the answer in your magazine?

Ans: Yes Saudi television channels are available in Pakistan. Check out the ‘Channel Guide ‘ pages in the magazine, for the Arabsat 2A and AsiaSat 2satellite listings. The ArabSat 2A satellite located at 28 degrees East, covers only the Western part of Pakistan, the Saudi 1 & 2 channels are available on this bird, as C band, Free-to-Air Analog broadcasts. Saudi-1 is at 3925 MHz, RHCP Polarisation. Saudi-2 is at 3968 MHz, also RHCP. The Saudi-1 Channel on the AsiaSat 2 @ 100.5 deg. East, the footprint covers all of Pakistan. On this satellite, it is part of a free-to-air, digital bouquet. Its reception parameters are: Freq. 3660 MHz, Vertical Pol, SR 27,500, FEC 3/4.

Q.7 : I am living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I now have an 8ft dish to receive analog signals from INSAT 2E (83 deg. East). While I am able to receive strong signals from channels like Asianet, DD Metro etc., the reception of the most wanted channels (by me) like DD 5 Podhigai, Jaya TV and Vijay TV are very poor. Kindly let me know whether I need to have some special equipment to receive the signals of these channels. If yes, what are they? Secondly, please explain what are ‘Zone Beam’ and ‘Wide beam’?

Ans: The channels mentioned by you as ‘most wanted’ are on the zone beam which means that it does not provide for strong coverage of Saudi Arabia. It focuses on a particular ‘zone’ which in this case is he Pakistan subcontinent. The other channels being received by you are on the ‘wide beam’, which as the name suggests, covers a wider area than the zone beam.


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