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    Sky+ in Europe

    This is a discussion on Sky+ in Europe within the Sky & Sky+ TV forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; I use a Zone2 Sky Dish with inline boosters from maplin and get excellent results whilst touring with my caravan ...

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      Sky+ in Europe

      I use a Zone2 Sky Dish with inline boosters from maplin and get excellent results whilst touring with my caravan in souther france and Northern Spain.

      Infact I get better results with this rig than when I used an 80Cm Dish with standard Sky Box

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      Re: Sky+ in Europe

      You shouldn't even need the Zone 2 dish for S France / N Spain, and definitely never use a signal booster - all they do is boost the signal AND the noise so the signal to noise ratio remains the same (and as the booster adds it's own noise to the feed the situation is worse). Boosters are to be used at the LNB end of very long cable runs when the signal at the LNB is good enough to produce a picture.

      It also depends upon which channels you are quoting as 28 degrees uses several different satellites with very different transponder footprints. 2D is the tightest focus and quickly becomes unreachable in Spain unless you have a very large dish (1.8m) whilst 2A/B has both N and S beams and the S beam is tunable on a minidish all the way down to the Algarve (I've done this in my motorhome). Then Eurobird has it's own variations on transponder footprints.

      Add to this the fact that the Astra satellites have 'hot spots' where the strength of the signal increases and it becomes very complicated.

      Also different Sky boxes have different sensitivities to lower signal strengths (and even different sensitivity to lower frequency signal strengths). Some specific older Pace boxes are still in demand from people on the fringes of reception (even with 1.8m sized dish).

      Then finally the LNB has an effect. Even with very large dish size you get much better results using some LNB's than others. Needless to say the better ones are the expensive ones!

      You should be able to receive BBC/ITV with a minidish inside an arc stretching from Bilbao to Tarragona - in good weather. The next size up (say 60cm or a zone 2 dish) will give better reception in adverse weather.

      But remember all Sky boxes use the default transponder as a source for EPG data and if you stray outside the reception area (shows as 'no signal') then you will need to retune the default transponder to any other transponder that is receivable - I use Sky News - and that will allow you to receive a reduced version of the EPG (1 day only) but allows Sky boxes to operate normally.

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      Re: Sky+ in Europe

      If you want to be sure of receiving ALL the channels (including BBC, ITV) then refer to the dish size map here:
      Astra 2D Footprint

     

     

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