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July 23, 2004 7:19:02 PM

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HI,
I just picked up my first C-Band system yesterday. The guy gave it all to me
for free, just to get it out of his yard. This is what I got:

10' dish\LNB with 1 year old turning motor.
General Instrument Innovation 450i
Motorola 4Dtv DSR905
and one big steel pole (very rusty)

He tells me that everything wored perfectly before his wife disconected it.

All the caballing had been cut to shreds by his wife. I mean even all the
cables coming off the back of the units were sniped at about 3". Luckily not
the power cords.

How do I know if what I have includes Ku-Band and how many conductor cable
do I need to buy to run between the dish and my units inside? I have seen
RG6 cable , 5 conductor C-Band cable and 6 conductor satellite cable.

Hope this is the right NG,
~Ben

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July 23, 2004 7:19:03 PM

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How long will your cable run be? I have some left over ribbon cable
that I would be willing to part with. If you have KU there would be two
LNB's on the polar rotor. -RP

Ben wrote:
> HI,
> I just picked up my first C-Band system yesterday. The guy gave it all to me
> for free, just to get it out of his yard. This is what I got:
>
> 10' dish\LNB with 1 year old turning motor.
> General Instrument Innovation 450i
> Motorola 4Dtv DSR905
> and one big steel pole (very rusty)
>
> He tells me that everything wored perfectly before his wife disconected it.
>
> All the caballing had been cut to shreds by his wife. I mean even all the
> cables coming off the back of the units were sniped at about 3". Luckily not
> the power cords.
>
> How do I know if what I have includes Ku-Band and how many conductor cable
> do I need to buy to run between the dish and my units inside? I have seen
> RG6 cable , 5 conductor C-Band cable and 6 conductor satellite cable.
>
> Hope this is the right NG,
> ~Ben
>
>
>
July 23, 2004 8:13:58 PM

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I'm going to need 100'. That's counting in 10' of extra incase I'm off a
little. Does a Ku/C system require an extra conductor or do both signals run
down the same coax line? I guess I should open the manual for the
Innovation 450i and start reading. :-)

If you do have that much cabling you could spare, that would be GREAT. I
would obviously be happy to pay for shipping if you're not too far away. I'm
in Southern California, Newbury Park.
~Ben

"Randy" <randy@bajaspanospam.com> wrote in message
news:taaMc.62$wx3.2742@news.uswest.net...
> How long will your cable run be? I have some left over ribbon cable
> that I would be willing to part with. If you have KU there would be two
> LNB's on the polar rotor. -RP
>
> Ben wrote:
> > HI,
> > I just picked up my first C-Band system yesterday. The guy gave it all
to me
> > for free, just to get it out of his yard. This is what I got:
> >
> > 10' dish\LNB with 1 year old turning motor.
> > General Instrument Innovation 450i
> > Motorola 4Dtv DSR905
> > and one big steel pole (very rusty)
> >
> > He tells me that everything wored perfectly before his wife disconected
it.
> >
> > All the caballing had been cut to shreds by his wife. I mean even all
the
> > cables coming off the back of the units were sniped at about 3". Luckily
not
> > the power cords.
> >
> > How do I know if what I have includes Ku-Band and how many conductor
cable
> > do I need to buy to run between the dish and my units inside? I have
seen
> > RG6 cable , 5 conductor C-Band cable and 6 conductor satellite cable.
> >
> > Hope this is the right NG,
> > ~Ben
> >
> >
> >
>
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July 23, 2004 8:13:59 PM

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As I recall it was a piece about 70', I'll check it when I go home this
afternoon. KU and C each need their own coax. -RP
July 23, 2004 8:37:46 PM

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Randy,
I found this on eBay. Looks like what I need. Do you agree?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=...

~Ben

"Randy" <randy@bajaspanospam.com> wrote in message
news:G2bMc.65$wx3.3176@news.uswest.net...
> As I recall it was a piece about 70', I'll check it when I go home this
> afternoon. KU and C each need their own coax. -RP
>
>
July 23, 2004 8:37:47 PM

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I can't tell from the picture but it probably is. Email him and make
sure besides the coax it has the other wires, for the servo and
positioner. -RP
Anonymous
July 23, 2004 8:53:11 PM

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See http://www.21st-satellite.com/tvro_cables.html

While it is true the C and Ku need separate coaxes there should be 2
coaxes on the cable, one for each C and Ku.


"Ben" <none@none.moc> wrote in message news:aPaMc.85$PK5.74@nwrddc02.gnilink.net...
| I'm going to need 100'. That's counting in 10' of extra incase I'm off a
| little. Does a Ku/C system require an extra conductor or do both signals run
| down the same coax line? I guess I should open the manual for the
| Innovation 450i and start reading. :-)
|
| If you do have that much cabling you could spare, that would be GREAT. I
| would obviously be happy to pay for shipping if you're not too far away. I'm
| in Southern California, Newbury Park.
| ~Ben
|
| "Randy" <randy@bajaspanospam.com> wrote in message
| news:taaMc.62$wx3.2742@news.uswest.net...
| > How long will your cable run be? I have some left over ribbon cable
| > that I would be willing to part with. If you have KU there would be two
| > LNB's on the polar rotor. -RP
| >
| > Ben wrote:
| > > HI,
| > > I just picked up my first C-Band system yesterday. The guy gave it all
| to me
| > > for free, just to get it out of his yard. This is what I got:
| > >
| > > 10' dish\LNB with 1 year old turning motor.
| > > General Instrument Innovation 450i
| > > Motorola 4Dtv DSR905
| > > and one big steel pole (very rusty)
| > >
| > > He tells me that everything wored perfectly before his wife disconected
| it.
| > >
| > > All the caballing had been cut to shreds by his wife. I mean even all
| the
| > > cables coming off the back of the units were sniped at about 3". Luckily
| not
| > > the power cords.
| > >
| > > How do I know if what I have includes Ku-Band and how many conductor
| cable
| > > do I need to buy to run between the dish and my units inside? I have
| seen
| > > RG6 cable , 5 conductor C-Band cable and 6 conductor satellite cable.
| > >
| > > Hope this is the right NG,
| > > ~Ben
| > >
| > >
| > >
| >
|
|
Anonymous
July 23, 2004 8:58:31 PM

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This may come in handy. It has info on installing and aiming/peaking the dish.

http://www.geo-orbit.org/sizepgs/tuningp2.html


"Ben" <none@none.moc> wrote in message news:G%9Mc.55$Nu4.41@nwrddc01.gnilink.net...
| HI,
| I just picked up my first C-Band system yesterday. The guy gave it all to me
| for free, just to get it out of his yard. This is what I got:
|
| 10' dish\LNB with 1 year old turning motor.
| General Instrument Innovation 450i
| Motorola 4Dtv DSR905
| and one big steel pole (very rusty)
|
| He tells me that everything wored perfectly before his wife disconected it.
|
| All the caballing had been cut to shreds by his wife. I mean even all the
| cables coming off the back of the units were sniped at about 3". Luckily not
| the power cords.
|
| How do I know if what I have includes Ku-Band and how many conductor cable
| do I need to buy to run between the dish and my units inside? I have seen
| RG6 cable , 5 conductor C-Band cable and 6 conductor satellite cable.
|
| Hope this is the right NG,
| ~Ben
|
|
|
July 23, 2004 9:02:20 PM

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WOW, Great link. Thank you.

"DRLev" <fake@ddress.tv> wrote in message
news:XnbMc.24850$qa2.20302@fe2.texas.rr.com...
> See http://www.21st-satellite.com/tvro_cables.html
>
> While it is true the C and Ku need separate coaxes there should be 2
> coaxes on the cable, one for each C and Ku.
>
>
> "Ben" <none@none.moc> wrote in message
news:aPaMc.85$PK5.74@nwrddc02.gnilink.net...
> | I'm going to need 100'. That's counting in 10' of extra incase I'm off a
> | little. Does a Ku/C system require an extra conductor or do both signals
run
> | down the same coax line? I guess I should open the manual for the
> | Innovation 450i and start reading. :-)
> |
> | If you do have that much cabling you could spare, that would be GREAT. I
> | would obviously be happy to pay for shipping if you're not too far away.
I'm
> | in Southern California, Newbury Park.
> | ~Ben
> |
> | "Randy" <randy@bajaspanospam.com> wrote in message
> | news:taaMc.62$wx3.2742@news.uswest.net...
> | > How long will your cable run be? I have some left over ribbon cable
> | > that I would be willing to part with. If you have KU there would be
two
> | > LNB's on the polar rotor. -RP
> | >
> | > Ben wrote:
> | > > HI,
> | > > I just picked up my first C-Band system yesterday. The guy gave it
all
> | to me
> | > > for free, just to get it out of his yard. This is what I got:
> | > >
> | > > 10' dish\LNB with 1 year old turning motor.
> | > > General Instrument Innovation 450i
> | > > Motorola 4Dtv DSR905
> | > > and one big steel pole (very rusty)
> | > >
> | > > He tells me that everything wored perfectly before his wife
disconected
> | it.
> | > >
> | > > All the caballing had been cut to shreds by his wife. I mean even
all
> | the
> | > > cables coming off the back of the units were sniped at about 3".
Luckily
> | not
> | > > the power cords.
> | > >
> | > > How do I know if what I have includes Ku-Band and how many conductor
> | cable
> | > > do I need to buy to run between the dish and my units inside? I have
> | seen
> | > > RG6 cable , 5 conductor C-Band cable and 6 conductor satellite
cable.
> | > >
> | > > Hope this is the right NG,
> | > > ~Ben
> | > >
> | > >
> | > >
> | >
> |
> |
>
>
Anonymous
July 25, 2004 3:50:57 PM

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On Sat, 24 Jul 2004 20:47:39 -0400, "Valdivar"
<rebelleader68@hotmail.com> wrote:

>On C band there are 3 video formats used:

For consumer/hobbyist reception.
There are other formats not available to home viewers/hobbyists.

>
>analog -ITC("in the clear") and VC2+
>Digicipher 2 -4dtv format (there are other non-4dtv compatible
>formats) -requires a 4dtv receiver,or sidecar
>mpeg-2\DVB -free to air (there are many encryption methods) -requires an
>mpeg-2\dvb free to air receiver
>
>cf. www.skyvision.com or www.sadoun.com for more info.
>
>
>
!