Satgear Sky/Freesat Dish Kit - New Mk4 Sky Satellite Mini Dish Kit with Quad LNB and Wall Brackets, Sky+ / Freesat - £19.95 @ Amazon Sold by NetGadgets
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Satgear Sky/Freesat Dish Kit - New Mk4 Sky Satellite Mini Dish Kit with Quad LNB and Wall Brackets, Sky+ / Freesat - £19.95 @ Amazon Sold by NetGadgets

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Found 18th Jul 2011
I was looking for a new dish kit and came across this on Amazon from Satgear which also has a 2 year guarantee and free delivery.

This is the best I can find and I have looked and can't find it on HUKD, I am not an expert on these things but looks good to me and I am sure members will let me know if good or not.

Technical Details

New Mk4 Raven Minidish for Sky or Freesat (dish size is 59cm wide x 43cm height)
Quad LNB for 4 simultaneous channels of satellite reception - HD ready
Wall bolts and bracket assembly for wall mounting included + Satgear instructions, easy self-instal
Matched components for guaranteed performance
Ideal for Sky+ or Freesat+ to watch one channel while recording another or for adding more receivers

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Boxed-product Weight: 3 Kg
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Manufacturer reference: SK45FQ
ASIN: B00281N538
Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 April 2009
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Seems great value
Do you pick up all foreign channels on this? (i.e. bit of filth)
Great Price ... Heat added
out of interest, how easy is it to align one of these?
I fitted the same dish but a new NEW Mk4 Raven Sky zone 2 (size 80cm x 60cm) and the new style Sky compact Quad LNB, along with brackets and four bolts for wall mounting.
which is slightly larger than this zone 1 for £20.99 delivered off Ebay. I already fitted a zone 2 dish before on a property so I know in Lincolnshire I can get a very good reception in high wind and rain conditions.
Tip; if your thinking of installing this dish then you really need a good cable. Having a Humax Foxsat I used TWINSAT WF100 WEBRO COAX CABLE. Don't forget to get the correct size 'F' plugs to match the cable. To stop rainwater damaging your setup fit rubber boots over f plugs on quad/sat along with self amalgamating tape and silicone grease for water protection over connected f plugs. It saves degredation of the whole setup. Lastly make sure that any connections not used on the quad LNB have waterproofed f plug connections,boots,grease etc.
Edited by: "Wowhats" 18th Jul 2011
This is about the going rate for a standard Sky engineer kit like this, I actually picked one up off Ebay from a fairly local satellite shop for a mere tenner, collected to save on any postage charges, and is great for my Freesat feeds.

You can get quad lnbs for less than a fiver these days. Most likely as they are fitted as standard and bulk bought. Octo lnbs however are around twenty quid.

With the digital tv switchover completing later this year if anyone has not got themselves sorted out yet, depending on the site location, it can actually be easier to install Freesat than fit a new roof aerial.
toonarmani

out of interest, how easy is it to align one of these?


It is possible to align without any test equipment (other than a sat-box to display the channels you receive and the signal strength). However be prepared to take a fair amount of time over it - say half a day to install the dish and the cables and another half a day to get it pointed at the correct satellite and able to receive all the stations.
It helps a great deal if there's another dish somewhere nearby, so you can see roughly in which direction and at what "up/down" angle to point yours in.
I want free-sat but I don't want another box sitting under my tv already have an Xbox/Av receiver/media center.

So can anyone recommend a good PCI card or USB adapter that picks up sat channels.
I agree with pete_I. Look at your neighbours sat to get a direction of fixing then go to this website
DishPointer
type in your postcode, select 28.2E - ASTRA 2B/ASTRA 2B/ASTRA 2D and hey presto the exact alignment is shown for you.

Sometimes a cheap satfinder device can be quicker and useful for aligning, I used this one off Amazon Konig SatFinder
Edited by: "Wowhats" 18th Jul 2011
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[quote=Wowhats[/quote]

Wowhats would you recommend your brand / size over this one or would you expect equally good results from both if fitted correctly?

Your other recommendations in your poct look good, thanks.

konimitsu - Wowhats would you recommend your brand / size over this one … konimitsu - Wowhats would you recommend your brand / size over this one or would you expect equally good results from both if fitted correctly? Your other recommendations in your poct look good, thanks.



Looking at your Amazon sat it's the same product just a smaller dish, but it looks the same complete fixing kit as mine. For £1 more you get a larger dish which in my opinion will give you a better reception in severe weather. I think zone 2 sat dish's are meant for the North and Scotland, whereas a Zone 1 sat dish is for the middle and south UK. In the Lincs area a zone 1 is recommended but I opted for a zone 2 after reading threads on AV Forums. My Freesat reception has never suffered even through the bad winter we had last year. Just bare in mind that the zone 2 dish is larger and so stands out a bit more from the rest.
You can get satellite finder software for your mobile phone to, uses the gps and compass. Not tried it personally but will look into this route in the future.
twe

You can get satellite finder software for your mobile phone to, uses the … You can get satellite finder software for your mobile phone to, uses the gps and compass. Not tried it personally but will look into this route in the future.


It looks very good but costs more than the cheap sat finders you buy from amazon
looks interesting.
Edited by: "leopraveen" 18th Jul 2011
Remember you don't get the box with it - just the satellite kit.
good find. does it come with cable?
Wowhats

Sometimes a cheap satfinder device can be quicker and useful for … Sometimes a cheap satfinder device can be quicker and useful for aligning, I used this one off Amazon [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FKonig-Satfinder-Meter-including-Cable%2Fdp%2FB001HK8IHY%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fs%3Delectronics%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1310991240%26sr%3D1-1]Konig SatFinder[/url]



I used this meter to align our dish when the wind blew it off a little. However, if the dish had not been in roughly the right place I don't think I would have found the right satellite using the meter alone. This is because there is another one within a couple of degrees.
you can get these for about the same price on ebay + 10m of cable.
Good price, but if you also need a box the £25 full kit from b&q is even better. You can pick up Hotbird and 19.2 with a 65cm dish, but dish would need motorising or multifeed lnbs.
I recently called a guy to install a motorised dish (just the motor and installation £100) he did a **** job too. I am always diy from now on, especially if the dish is fixed, as there are too many con people out there. I thought by paying I'd get a good service but a dog would have made a better job.
If you want to motorised it is a little more complicated. To answer one of the question you don't get free xxx channels, having hotbird or astra 19.2 is only good for movies if you understand the language, otherwise I wouldn't bother.
If one of the LNBs was terminated with an RP-SMA connector - could this be used with a motorised directional mounting - and be used to send Wifi to a mobile device?
Wowhats

I agree with pete_I. Look at your neighbours sat to get a direction of … I agree with pete_I. Look at your neighbours sat to get a direction of fixing then go to this website DishPointertype in your postcode, select 28.2E - ASTRA 2B/ASTRA 2B/ASTRA 2D and hey presto the exact alignment is shown for you. Sometimes a cheap satfinder device can be quicker and useful for aligning, I used this one off Amazon [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FKonig-Satfinder-Meter-including-Cable%2Fdp%2FB001HK8IHY%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fs%3Delectronics%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1310991240%26sr%3D1-1]Konig SatFinder[/url]



If anyone tried to get freesat by looking at the direction of my dish they would spend all week and get no where. Best to ask neighbour what they get before basing install on their dish.

Also don't forget wet towel method for dialing in dish direction.
Edited by: "Meathotukdeals" 18th Jul 2011
thats what I need!
guv

WTF!!!!!You think it would take you a day to install a small static dish … WTF!!!!!You think it would take you a day to install a small static dish and align for Astra 28E? Obviously the cable aspect is an unknown, but on the assumption its just a straight forward wall install and one drill hole to the target box, I cant see how anyone would take more than an hour and a half.My multi-sat 1m dish above roof height only took 4 hours to install and align to the arc from 54E to 34W and there are far more pressing things you need to take into account. (ie the pole needs to be 100% upright or the motor wont be able to track properly.)Anyway.... this seems to be a good deal for a small sky dish - and could be used on 19E or 13E for foreign channels without too much problem.BTW A smaller dish is much much easier to align. My old 1.2M dish on the ground was much more difficult than my 1m dish.


What do you mean, WTF? I could easily take a full day, possibly 2 Even then I'd have to pm you for help
toonarmani

out of interest, how easy is it to align one of these?



Piece of Pish! I got an old sat dish for use with my TV that had freesatHD for the world cup. Like somebody said. Look at the direction of some of the local dishes and then gentally rotate till you get the best signal. It will generally be there or not, no real fine tuning. Done three now.....really is a doddle.....you do need 'a shouter' though unless you like running up and down ladders.
I need mine realigned but would need to buy the ladder to reach it and its not that high up! Am considering whether I get rid of it and just manage with the 3 kids tv channels and no living tv for Criminal minds etc - and no pause facility as it works out pretty pricey over the year and kids want to start going to gymnastics\swimming etc so the cost of the subscription will almost cover that, and will give me 45 minutes of peace every class!
if you go on your local freecycle site you can usually get these for free
What channels do you get, is it just free to air???
If so why the hype???
guv

WTF!!!!!You think it would take you a day to install a small static dish … WTF!!!!!You think it would take you a day to install a small static dish and align for Astra 28E? Obviously the cable aspect is an unknown, but on the assumption its just a straight forward wall install and one drill hole to the target box, I cant see how anyone would take more than an hour and a half.My multi-sat 1m dish above roof height only took 4 hours to install and align to the arc from 54E to 34W and there are far more pressing things you need to take into account. (ie the pole needs to be 100% upright or the motor wont be able to track properly.)Anyway.... this seems to be a good deal for a small sky dish - and could be used on 19E or 13E for foreign channels without too much problem.BTW A smaller dish is much much easier to align. My old 1.2M dish on the ground was much more difficult than my 1m dish.



It took me a day to put up my 90cm dish myself, and that was just stepladder height. Main problem I found was getting the installation pole plumb (had to use some washers to raise areas away from the brick), as you say tracking is paramount.

I do agree, a fixed satellite like this though is far easier, I have my 90cm Dish fed by a motor to my nice little ethernet enabled box of tricks satellite receiver, and one of these MK4 dishes with a quad LNB installed, and that is so simple to put up and with little weight only requires standard wall plugs.

Providing anyone is ok with ladders, and has easy location (look at your neighbours dishes) your south facing wall of the house, moving 28 degrees East from that is where all the UK channels are. It is more of a problematic installation if you have to install a dish on a pole on a north facing wall of your house and have to get the height over the roof to swing the dish round to face south.

As long as you have confidence, there are not many tools needed, and I find Screwfix to be fantasticly cheap for reels of amalgamation tape and cheaply buying f plugs.
littlehoneyz

What channels do you get, is it just free to air???If so why the hype???



The hype? None.

The Reality...you may be aware (maybe not) that analogue signals are cut off later this year...you have three options......

Freesat or Freeview or a standard Satellite Receiver instead of Freesat (doesn't have as comprehensive a EPG)

Not everyone in the country can receive Freeview (particularly the HD variant), and this could start no doubt an argument, but it is reported that Freesat has a better bitrate for transmissions than Freeview.

I ditched my V+ box to save some cash as just was not watching the channels. A dual fed Freesat HD PVR using twin shotgun cable from the LNB was a simple install for me, and saved a load of money to boot. Now I have a watch one, record another setup simply installed myself, along with Freesat feeds also into both the bedrooms in the house.

Edited by: "cicobuff" 18th Jul 2011
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littlehoneyz

What channels do you get, is it just free to air???If so why the hype???



Don't think there is any HYPE just that people need them or want them and for under £20 delivered thought it was a good deal?

What do you use for watching digital tv? You need a dish or an aerial unless you go via cable / Virgin and basically everything is going to cost you something to get watch digital tv once the changeover happens everywhere.
No receiver - so no hd or freesat or anything - it is useless on it's own.
Edited by: "spakkker" 18th Jul 2011
Hi All

Can anyone suggest a sattelite dish and box for free international channels or more channels than sky.

I heard STAR TRACK (Not Star Trek) is a really good package?

Here is link to main website:

startrackworld.com/
zabbas786

Hi AllCan anyone suggest a sattelite dish and box for free international … Hi AllCan anyone suggest a sattelite dish and box for free international channels or more channels than sky.I heard STAR TRACK (Not Star Trek) is a really good package?Here is link to main website:http://www.startrackworld.com/



ask in this thread, guv's All things satellite thread, good thread with hints, tips etc.
spakkker

No receiver - so no hd or freesat or anything - it is useless on it's own.



And your point is?!? HUKD is getting more and more ridiculous with stupid comments like this. Next time someone posts a deal on a hard disk, I suggest you go into the thread and say "it's useless on its own" and see what replies you get back then too.

Or how about threads on "memory sticks" or DVDs or Blu Rays...all of which are "useless on their own".

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spakkker

No receiver - so no hd or freesat or anything - it is useless on it's own.



Are you for real?

Maybe no medication today, maybe just trolling, nothing to do with yourself but c'mon fellow HUKD member get yourself a life. If you find a deal that has a box with it post it....but make sure that it also has a tv with it, oh and a room, no tell you what make that a house, what is the point of a deal with no box, no tv, no room, no house????

Shut up!!!!!! Fool
Having one dish installed by Sky I thought I could install another on garage and had no joy with one of these £5 meter alignments, judging by eye and calibrating by internet. Spotted a passing Sky van and the guy did it in about 2 mins with his £150 meter. £10 well spent

Think many people wanting more points (which as this has no box is the people this is likely to appeal to) should upgade to an octo which would take a matter of minutes and involves popping a clip, screwing the cables off, popping on the new octo and re-attaching the cables which must be worth the £10 extra rather than fixing and aligning a new dish.
konimitsu

Are you for real?Maybe no medication today, maybe just trolling, nothing … Are you for real?Maybe no medication today, maybe just trolling, nothing to do with yourself but c'mon fellow HUKD member get yourself a life. If you find a deal that has a box with it post it....but make sure that it also has a tv with it, oh and a room, no tell you what make that a house, what is the point of a deal with no box, no tv, no room, no house????Shut up!!!!!! Fool




You cant please everyone mate
I have an old Sky dish but no Sky subscription anymore.

What would be the best way to get HD channels? A Freesat? Is it necessary that I use my old Skybox, as it's pretty knackered.

Thanks in advance!
looks like a beginners dish

you might want a real man's dish - wave frontier T90

google.co.uk/search?q=Wave+Frontier+t90+Dish&hl=en&client=firefox&hs=WZb&rls=com.yahoo:en-GB:official&biw=1247&bih=549&tbm=isch&prmd=ivnsfd&source=lnms&ei=bqQkTvStLpK38gPem63PAw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CD4Q_AUoAQ
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