However, G1XFG just pointed me to http://www.dr-hd.com/product/receivers.html - the F15 looks interesting and they say in the FAQ page:
"Q. Can we receive extremely low-SR SCPC channels?
A. Yes! Our receivers are already recognized in the DX communities around the world because of that, and because of other functions, too.
All our receivers are tested and according to our official specification, they can work with any SR from 1000-45000. (As you see, we have wider SR rate than most boxes in the market.) However, our models are exceeding the published specifications. For example, using the Dr.HD F16 model, there were reports of stable reception of channels with SR=300, 250 and even below! About the new D15/Grand receivers - the actual lowest SR shall be confirmed by our customers (we can not test it in out labs, as real reception from some special satellites is needed), we will be happy to receive confirmations/contributions and publish them here."
They are about £100 and Satcure the UK stockist is out of stock http://satsecure.uk/tv-home-cinema/set- ... s.html?p=2 so they only seem to be available from a store in Germany http://drhd.tictail.com/
Has anyone had experience with them?
Noel - G8GTZ
http://www.sateuropa.co.uk/cart/catalog ... 01153.html
Also this review http://radiovibrations.com/testreports/dr-hd-d15.htm of the D15 says:
"The lowest symbol rate i got was 1090. 8PSK detection is possible but requires stronger signals."
Noel - G8GTZ
So the answer is probably not - however, as Brian said there are a couple of people looking at using a Sharp tuner module (plenty available) which uses the same chipset as the S2-1600 and a small OBC to drive it and do the decode - if anyone can help with writing code for the RPi I'm sure they would appreciate some help.Brian,
Ian and I have been mulling over the problem of a lack of suitable receivers for very low symbol rate transmissions, which is going to be a barrier to entry for many. I have searched around and looked at what the satellite feed hunters are using. I came across the TBS5925 from http://www.tbsdtv.com . This is a USB connected satellite TV tuner card which the manufacturers specify down to 200ks/s on DVB-S & DVB-S2. There is also a PCI version TBS6925. I wonder has anyone tried one and do the experts think it might be suitable to our use?
Watch this space or CQ-TV.
I am puzzled why you think the TBS5925 is not suitable for NB-DATV. Unlike the set top boxes mentioned above, which are specified to 1000ks/s but may go lower, this device is actually designed to go down to 200ks/s.
I came to that conclusion based purely on the comment from F6DZP, who knows far more about this topic than I do, when I asked a similar question to yours about the F15 STB:
Judging by the spec http://www.tbsdtv.com/products/tbs5925- ... r-usb.html it looks a very interesting USB device that would do what we need - but at a price (it's a "professional unit") and it still needs a PC...F6DZP has commented that receiving Reduced bandwidth DATV (RB-TV) is more difficult than transmitting it and no STB can be guaranteed to work below 1Ms/s as the DVB-S2 chipsets are not designed to go below that rate.
Noel - G8GTZ
I have finished yesterday the manual (84 pages).
TT S2-1600 is no more on the market.
I plan to Develop now Tutioune for TBS 5980 (or Prof 7500?) that has same chips as S2-1600, so same possibilities
and it is a USB tuner, laptop could be used.
Price can be acceptable.
Jean Pierre F6DZP