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Reply #30 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:22am
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Lost Sky News last night.
  
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Reply #31 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:37am
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Sky News now on Ch 202.
  

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Reply #32 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:56am
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Sky News Now on 501 CNN on 506 EURO News 508.
  
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Reply #33 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:17am
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It looks as though the channel number depends on what type of box you have.  Sky News is on Ch 202 on the Humax.  The only way to pin the channels down is to look at the frequencies etc.
  

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Reply #34 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 5:33pm
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Here's some info on Freesat and the channels carried etc.

http://www.freesat.es/lost-freesat-reception/

It states that moving up to a 3m dish in southern Spain (where reception has normally been worse than up here) may work for a while.  That sounds like a bit of overkill for this latitude.  It would be helpful to know what size dish Cherryfarms is using.  The cost of dishes rises exponentially but a compromise size might be an option especially as it would also improve reception in bad weather for all channels.  Comments welcome.
  

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Reply #35 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 8:00pm
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...still testing. A 1.2M dish in Tortosa - no reception
1.3M in Freginals - nothing
IŽve heard of broken reception on a 1.2 dish in Tres cales but still to confirm
IŽll have more data next week after going to Mora.
If the Mora report is true then it looks like there is a big drop in signal between there and Tortosa.

Dish size to fix it currently unknown.

2 more satellites are due to go up in 2013 and 2014 so we could be on borrowed time....
  
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Reply #36 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:37pm
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Hi Bigyin. We are operating on a 1 mtr dish, and our farm is down by the river. Nigel was here a few days ago, and can confirm that we have perfect reception, even in bad weather. Yesterday we lost channel 5, but everything else ok. Can't afford to be complaisant though, Just holding my breath and waiting. So far so good. Undecided
  
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Reply #37 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 12:05am
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That's weird isn't it.  Anyway, it looks like Nigel is on the case.  I have a Catalan friend in Santa Barbara who is a satty freak and has some bigger dishes.  I'll ask him what he's getting.
  

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Reply #38 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 10:05am
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Looks like we will all have to either get a "Jodrell Bank" size dish or move to Mora in the future.   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #39 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 11:44pm
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Ahh.. so, do you or don't you have C5 now? Also, do you still have 5USA, 5USA+1, 5* and 5*+1? These are some that have moved?
  
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Reply #40 - Dec 10th, 2012 at 3:06am
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Nigel wrote on Dec 9th, 2012 at 11:44pm:
Ahh.. so, do you or don't you have C5 now? Also, do you still have 5USA, 5USA+1, 5* and 5*+1? These are some that have moved?

Hi. Just checked, You are right Nigel, we can't get the stations mentioned. Not that we ever watched them anyway
  
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Reply #41 - Dec 10th, 2012 at 9:03am
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We have also lost all the "5's", (I have a Sky box) heard that Tony in the Tosca valley has totally lost  reception! could be a Dish movement problem though.  Sad
  
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Re: Loss of UK TV channels
Reply #42 - Dec 28th, 2012 at 7:12pm
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I've got back all the lost channels!

I went to Alicante for Christmas and took a 1.2M dish with me to test.

The signal re-appeared in Benicassim (the AP7 Service station where I got some funny looks stood by the van with a satellite dish!)

I brought a 1.9M dish back with me to Tortosa and have just set it up and tested and all channels are back.

So now I know what is needed. Unfortunately its rather big and there is NO WAY it could be mounted on a wall; ground mounted on a pre-cast concrete slab only I'm afraid. This means anyone with a flat is going to lose their UK tv Sad as will anyone who doesn't have a site for the dish. Also EXPENSIVE. Don't expect much change out of 1000 euros when you take into account the dish, the concrete base, support etc. etc.

We have a 'stay of execution' until next summer - and there are no guarantees the new satellite won't be different from the one carrying the C5's etc. Then we will possibly (and the rumour has it that it is very probable as the new satellite should have the same footprint as the one currently transmitting the 5's) loose all the BBC and ITV/Channel 4's etc....

It is very unlikely the 5's will be moved again so the existing migrated channels should continue to be viewable on the larger dishes for the foreseeable future.

I still don't know what reception will be like in L'Ametlla or Mora areas - I'll try and take the dish there and do some tests but it's not easy due to its size and weight.

Below is a picture of a 1.3M dish (that I have been putting up until now, and a 1.9M dish which is the future...
  

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Reply #43 - Dec 28th, 2012 at 8:29pm
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Thanks, Nigel for your info, and for taking time to do the testing, during your Christmas break.
Much appreciated.
  
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Reply #44 - Dec 28th, 2012 at 9:07pm
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I agree.  Good job Nigel.  Looks like it might be an idea to live without CH5 until we see the outcome of the changes later next year.
  

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