Several of us have been able to receive Badr-4, which is at the same location 26E. Specifically we have been looking at the BBC Arabic service on 11.996 GHz, Horizontal Polarisation and 27500ks FEC 3/4. This seems to be receivable with dishes of 90cm and up. Smaller dishes more of a challenge.
MERs from about 6dB and up have been reported. I have a 2.4m dish and an MER of 12 but possibly trees in the way. With my 1.2m dish I had an MER of 8.
With a 1M dish in South Devon would it be OK ? Not bought a dish yet, but I would like aluminum, size not overly an issue.
What would be the easiest and fastest receive system to use ?
Your will need a MiniTiouner to receive most of the potential DATV signals but suggest you have a read of the latest CQ-TV 261 as there was a couple of articles in there about setting up and receiving Es'hail-2.
And yes a 1 mt should be OK...
Good idea, just read your 2 articles.
What I would like right now, is a receiver with something like HDMI video o/p that will when plugged into an LNB, will decode and display BBC Arabic TV feed from Badr-4 with also a good SNR, C/N or MER readout ? Something from Amazon perhaps ?
Or something similar ? Out of the box, simple and quick.
CelesTrak.com has on it updated TLEs for the satellite, dated yesterday.
N2YO.com indicates from its satellite tracker that it is located at 24.03E.
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You can receive it on an RTL dongle and any SDR program or a scanner / wideband rx tuned to 956MHz, switch to NBFM and it should be in smoothish noise, just right for final tweaks...
Noel - G8GTZ