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Satellite

Post by jantonuk » Tue May 24, 2016 5:54 pm

I have come back to radio engineering full time after a 15 year detour into IT. The contract engineering I did during this time dealt only with the ordinary satellite receivers pointing to 139 deg W. AMC-8.

iHeart in Fairbanks, AK, is my new job. They have an old AP satellite dish and receiver. The station no longer subscribes to AP and I'm told that these services are now Internet distributed anyway so the satellite equipment is obsolete.

I think this dish is aimed at 87 deg W. Are there any other radio services I might want on this bird?

How about any other use for the dish?
Alaska generally requires larger dishes.

regards,

John

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Re: Satellite

Post by Shane » Tue May 24, 2016 8:44 pm

If it's AMC-3 (which I think is the one at 87 degrees) just about all Christian formats are on there. Of course, if you don't have any such stations in the cluster there might not be much there.
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Re: Satellite

Post by jantonuk » Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:39 pm

I now have access to a Birdog meter and a spectrum analyzer.
The dish is pointed at something since I can see it on the analyzer.
With the offset feed it is hard to tell what the azimuth is.

I thought is was on 87°W.
That orbital slot contains SES-2.
I got the Birdog files for SES-2 Ku band.
Even though I can see transponders on the analyzer, the Birdog does not identify this satellite as SES-2.

I had somebody else tell me they thought is was SES-3 at 103° W
So back to the Birdog.
Still no ID for SES-3.

So all you old timers.....

Which satellite and/or orbital position was the AP News Digiceiver pointed at?

I have another service on SES-3 that I have only a 1 meter antenna for (small for Alaska) and it is always fading out.
The AP News dish is 1.6 meters and might work better. Just wondering where it is pointed...

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Re: Satellite

Post by Shane » Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:05 am

Could you ask AP?
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Re: Satellite

Post by ChuckG » Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:05 pm

AP uses SES-2 at 87 degrees and Intelsat 34 at 55.5 degrees to cover North America. I don't know which was used with the Digiciever, that was long ago. If you're old enough to remember, your also old enough to have forgotten, lol. Hey...where is Fossil these days? :lol:

John Vining down in Florida would probably know, he bought ICP from Diz Caldwell a while ago and still services the receivers. If you need a number I'll PM it to you.
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Re: Satellite Hey...where is Fossil these days?

Post by RGORJANCE » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:40 am

He be lurking in the weeds and among the debris of past civilizations. :lol:

I try not to comment on things that I don't know......my stupidity does not require further enhancement! :roll:

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Re: Satellite

Post by jantonuk » Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:05 pm

Do you think I can safely assume that AP doesn't want the equipment returned?
I have designs on the dish for another service.
John

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