C Band Satellite Dish

Satellite TV is perhaps the most common way to watch TV. There are a few programming providers like DISH Network, DirecTV, Bell ExpressVu, and Sky Mexico, just to name a few. Those programming providers usually charge a monthly programming fee to viewers to allow them to view thechannels that the programming providerhas purchased the rights to to broadcast on their satellite, using their own proprietary satellite receivers. Mostuse a standard 18 inch satellite dish and a circular LNB to pick up the signal from the satellite broadcasting between 12.20GHz and 12.75GHz frequency. These satellites are NOT Free To Air.

Free To Air ( FTA )is exactly what the name says. It’s channels that broadcast with out being scrambled or having any type of encryption. Usually, the TV station pays for the satellitetransponder time and broadcast it to the viewer free of charge. There are approximately 75 satellites that can be picked up from N. America, of which about45 carry Free To Air channels. Channels vary from wild network feedsfrom CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, and many more. Other channels are 24-hour entertainment channels like Fashion TV, Arabic TV stations, Farsi | Persian TV, Vietnamese TV, Thai TV, Supreme Master TV, Korean TV, Christian TV via Spiritcast Christian Satellite Television, Aghapy TV, Russian TV, Afghani TV, Senegalese TV, Kurdish TV, Turkish TV, RTN TV networks and literally, much much more….

Free To Air is broadcasted both in C band and Ku band. The difference between the two is that with Ku band you can usually use a smaller than 120cm ( 1.2 meter ) satellite dish or smaller. With C band, in order to get proper signal, you should use a 180cm (1.8 meter | 6 foot ) satellite dish or larger.

Many Free To Air satellite distributors in the USA like WSInternational ( www.wsidigital.com )sell Ku band satellite dish motors that you can use to pick up multiple satellite signals using a single satellite dish solution. The antenna motoroperates usingthe Free To Air satellite receiver sold by the distributor and no extra wiring is necessary.

For most parts of the USA 30 inch satellite dishes like the Winegard DS-2076 is an excellent dish to pick up signal from most of the satellites broadcasting. In Southern Florida and northern part of Washington state, a WS9036 90cm satellite dish is required.

To get more information about Free To Air, visit www.wsidigital.com or www.galaxy-marketing.com.

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65 Responses to C Band Satellite Dish

  1. P. says:

    what needs to be done to convert a 10′ c-band Satellite dish to 802.11 b,g,n use ? .?
    I have seen setups with dish networks 24″ dishes and a bow tie reflector that has a 15db gain . So my thoughts are that this would increase the sensitivity by a factor of 5 .

  2. dilusionL says:

    can Directv dish pick up regular satellite bands?
    Can one pick up c-band and or ku band (free satellite transmissions) with a DirecTv dish?

    If so, how would one mechanize it, and how would you do it?

  3. Fordman says:

    Can I hook up a c-band/Ku band satellite receiver to a small dish (Dish Network) and receive free channels ?

  4. nomali says:

    what satellites can I get in Sri Lanka?
    I would like to install a satellite dish (KU band or C band or any thing) in Sri Lanka and get English channels for free.. ( at least freewiev ones)

    But i have no idea what satellites i can aim for how do i find this?


  5. occbuzi says:

    I have a used cband vsat(internet satellite). On which websites can i sell it? I’m in Nigeria?
    1.8m dish, 2w Gilat C band BUC, C band LNB, Feedhorn, and Skystar 360E modem. All in good working condition (none refurbished). Bought brand new from MMtlecom, USA. I used them for less than 6 months.

  6. Lehel B says:

    View C bad and Ku band satellite channels on a single dish?
    Hi, I’d like to know if there’s a way to watch both C band and Ku band satellite channels with a single dish. I live in Eastern Europe and want to buy a 2 meter antenna ti hunt down some exotic C band channels in Africa and South America but also to be able to view the normal Ku band channels. Is there an LNB type that can switch between the bands or should I buy 2 for each type of band?

  7. Allen C says:

    Is there a motor available for a directv dish?
    I know with larger C-Band satellite dishes there is a motor you can buy that can adjust the satellites position to intercept other satellites. I want to use a DirectTV 1000 dish to receive FTA channels from multiple satillite’s. Is this possible? Also, trying to figure out the best receiver for this.

  8. SgtPepper says:

    Dish TV Antenna size?
    What effect does a bigger dish antenna than required have on the signal quality (For both C band and ku band)?

    If for example, a 60cm dish antenna is needed for some satellite broadcasting in ku band and a 150cm antenna is installed, what will be the outcome ? Will everything work fine or the high gain can reduce the quality?

    What will happen in C band broadcast in a similar situation?

    • R T says:

      The larger the reflector, the more signal is captured. The frequency band is set by the distance from the reflector to the feed horn and the feed itself. More signal means fewer errors and noise.

      The minimum size dish needed for a particular location depends on how much power the satellite is transmitting and where the beams are pointing. The Direct Broadcast Satellites (DBS) that DirecTV and Dish network use are pretty high power satellites which allow for a smaller dish. If you go to Alaska, the dishes are much larger.

      Our largest dish is 7 meters and most broadcast stations dishes are probably about 4 to 5 meters now days.

      Let’s see, 90 meters, that’s about 297 feet (about 29 stories). Doubt if I could get that one past the building code people . . .

  9. nelwes says:

    Where on earth and who can teach me about satellite dish installation?
    Just want to be able to instal and maintain my home dish without these pirates siphoning me out every time. Please give me reference or the right course to undertake. Here in East African we mostly use DSTV/Multichoice and GTV the ones I want to venture into. I have a decorder that uses C and U band or I don`t know what they both mean.

    • kala says:

      For just getting information about the usage of C and U band, you can approach a cable tv operator, who will guide you. There will be cable operators giving channel tv connections will have knowledge about it. For learning the course, better approach a tv engineer, who will guide you, since, i don’t know about the learning points there.

  10. Larry H says:

    Do you like C-Band Satellite reception or DSS (i.e DIsh net and the like)?

  11. nelwes says:

    Where on earth and who can teach me about satellite dish installation?
    Just want to be able to instal and maintain my home dish without these pirates siphoning me out every time. Please give me reference or the right course to undertake. Here in East African we mostly use DSTV/Multichoice and GTV the ones I want to venture into. I have a decorder that uses C and U band or I don`t know what they both mean.

  12. >Snoopy< says:

    Did a guy named Dick install your C-band satellite dish?

  13. James says:

    where can i buy a c band satellite dish?

    • classicsat says:

      Go drive around looking for them, offering to take them away.

      Put an ad in the paper or craigslist indicating your want of one.

  14. chicubs08 says:

    Satellite Dish in Guatemala?
    Does anybody know what time of dish you need in Guatemala to get Free to Air channels? a C-band? I want to send a fta receiver to a friend in Guatemala. What channels Fta channels are available there? Thanks

    • jorgeqba says:

      The problem with Guatemala is that even if you do have a giant dish you might be too far from the footprint where the signal is being sent to , most of the channels receivable in the U.S. are not available in parts of Mexico or even further south in Central America.

      You can definitely get satellite television but you will be limited to certain satellites and channels , if your friend speaks Spanish then he would benefit more from FTA than someone who’s only interested in English programming.

      If your friend has a 90cm Ku dish he can get some pretty neat programming with an FTA receiver in Guatemala provided he has a good line of sight of the satellite he’s trying to get.

      Recommended satellites for that region are Hispasat @ 30.0 west and Telstar 12 @ 15.0 west , what he will get is Music Videos , Movies , Ocasional MLB Baseball games and other sports , regardless if he speaks Spanish or English the variety of programs is worth it.

      If your friend doesn’t have access to a computer , I would recommend a FTA receiver with True Blindscan , that way he can scan all active frequencies to get the most channels , recommended receivers are early Coolsat models like the 4000 – 5000 – 6000 series or Fortec and Pansat models , all models mentioned can be bought used – new for $40 – $80 dollars.

  15. Laud says:

    Free To Air Chaannels in West Africa?
    I want to buy a Free To Air Satellite receiving equipment but I dont know how to buy the correct equipment which will function in Ghana. Basically I need two main information:
    1.what free to air channels can I receive in Ghana, West Africa (Ku and C Band).
    2.What technological features on the receiver and in the dish should I look out for when buying to enable me get :
    a) Free to Air Ku Band Channels
    b) Free to Air C Band channels.

  16. carlsonaaron78 says:

    I have a large c band satellite dish. what else do I need?
    I have one of those large c band satellite dishes installed on my property. What else do I need to get to begin receiving TV signals? Can I get HD/Digital with it? A co-worker says he has all the equipment for running it that he’s going to sell to me. Where can I find more information for a beginner to start messing with this???? How do I zero it in on specific satellites, etc?


  17. ali s says:

    can u please me i need a code for my dish?
    i have a dish LNB c band satellite can anyone tell the code for ZEE tv lebanon ,Dubai, Saudi TV and all Arabic code thx

  18. karimr2004 says:

    c band vrs ku band?
    i have many questions on satellite receiver:
    1.what is the difference between c band and ku band?
    2. why in each satellite there is alot of tp?
    3. how can download program to my receiver from internet?
    4. where can i find all the parts of a dish?

    thank you very much

  19. sunset_point_123 says:

    I have a 60 cm dish and a digital c/ku band Satellite Receiver..can i receive any ku band fta TV channel in india except sat nss-6 .. WHERE nss6 provides only 36-42 fta channels;; can i recv more..

  20. cartaya87 says:

    Where can I get a C-Band satellite dish?
    I am looking for a C-Band dish, the black mesh type, also called Big-Ugly-Dish, well I dont see anything ugly about them, contrary to that the look very nice in a yard. I will be new into the satellite TV and FTA channels. I have already scanned Ebay and craiglist looking for one but with no luck, please if anyone is interested in getting rid of theirs… drop me a line.

    Thanks a lot for your time

    • Anonymous says:

      Look around neighborhoods, if you see one in somebodys backyard, inquire if they’re still using it. If not offer to remove it from their property for free. Only diehard folks still use those things.

  21. ►BobB◄ says:

    there are a few unencrypted channels, but nothing like it used to be.

    the dish is not worth anything because no one uses them anymore… except for ham radio.

    I would suggest that you try to donate it to a local ham for them to play with.

    If you need help finding someone, email me direct and I can point you in the right direction.

  22. sunset_point_123 says:

    I live in INDIA (CALCUTTA) , I am using 8 ft (8.2 ‘) dish antenna , c-band lnb ,and a fta receiver ,, I can easily access INSET 2E (83 degree east) satellite with signal quality more then 60 %,, I found that there is another satellite INSAT 4A (83 DEG EAST) .. So it is clear that both satellites are at same angel (83 DEGREE EAST & BOTH HAVE STRONG SIGNAL (FOOT PRINT OVER MY REGION)),, I am receiving the first one(INSAT 2E) ,, advise me what are the things I have to do to receive the 2nd one( INSAT 4A)..
    It would be a great help for me If you tell me those things in brief ,,

    Waiting for your reply ..

  23. Leelee XXX says:

    Is there people still using c-band (big) satellite dishes ?
    I had one from 1985-1991.

  24. grant says:

    What is the Dish Size, to View C-band Channels from Intelsat-10 (Pas-10) Satellite, here in Hyderabad, India?
    We Would Like to receive EWTN Channel in Hyderabad India, its Available in INTELSAT-10 ,So what the Dish-size to receive this channel
    Down link Details are, Satellite:
    Intelsat-10 (formerly PAS10)
    Orbital Location:68.5° E
    Down link Frequency:4064 MHz
    Down link Polarization:Horizontal
    Carrier:SA MCPC CDV
    Modulation Type:QPSK
    Symbol Rate:19.850 Ms/s

    • R T says:

      I must admit, I’m having difficulty finding actual signal strength data on the C-Band footprint. From experience, I would try a 4 meter dish.

      Your approximate look angles would be Azimuth = 208, Elevation = 66

  25. pranesh says:

    Why C band dish is perforated and large & Ku band dish is smooth plate and small ?
    Please help,How it is possible for a small dish to receive high quality video and audio channels from satellite.

    • RICH says:

      The ‘C’ band dish is perforated for protection from high winds. It does not affect it’s performance. The smaller dishes do not have such a wind resistance problem. A solid C band dish would shake and be strained severely in high winds. The higher frequency used for ‘Dish’ Network and others, does not require a large disk. (The higher frequency, the smaller the antenna.) They also use slightly higher power, and very good Low Noise Amplifiers. (LNA’s.)

  26. ABRAHAM N says:

    what type and size C BAND satellite dish will work around the equator, for example in Ghana?

    • creoquemierdero says:

      At the Equator, you need a 10 meter dish because the beam tilt on the bird is towards the north, which means the signal at the equator is very low… even though the birds are directly overhead.

  27. Anonymous says:

    in kerala most of malayalee watching Asianet asianet also became pay/mpeg4 but this is very bad i think peop?
    Asianet, Asianet Plus and Surya TV will become pay channel. It is the
    news that I heard for 10 years. At last I read it from Cable Scan Magazine (Cable Scan is a Magazine publishing news, views and information about satellite channels, in Malayalam language) in February issue. This may be correct for this time because the channel is owned by Star Jupiter Entertainment Television Pvt.Ltd, a joint venture between Star TV and Jupiter Entertainment Venture Pvt. Ltd. When Star bought the Tamil channel Vijay TV then they changed it to pay channel mode. If Asianet become pay channel it is the first pay channel in Malayalam language. Now 17 satellite channels are transmitting in Malayalam language. All of these channels are in free to air mode.
    t cannot change Asianet or Surya to pay channel as simple as other language channels. Because there is big numbers of viewers of these channels are living in the gulf countries. They are using a six feet C band dish antenna and a digital set top box to receive the signal of Malayalam channels now. If the channels become pay channel means it will lose a big number middle class and upper class viewersI.

    • Anonymous says:

      its only my opinion about these trend of changing channels in to pay mode. Becoz am using c band dish antenna. From last week i couldnt get asianet and plus channels. This pay channel trend is to increase the profit of the company.. but i dont think so.. because decline of viewers may affect the channel. Taking the example of the time of changing analog to digital transmission ..when all major channels stopped analog transmission kairali tv continued it…it resulted in a big viewer support for kairali tv

  28. Saul S says:

    I have a C band satellite, those big ones, is there still companies that provide serivce of those satellites?
    I use to have it connected before, but it was hard to change the channels because of all those galaxies and other categories of channels. My parents threw the box a away, are those boxes expensive? How much does it cost to c band packages of channels? Is it cheaper than cable tv or satellite tv like direct tv or dish netwok?
    Thank You.

    • ttpawpaw says:

      In your case it will not be cheaper. Besides finding the right box you still have a scrambling problem. To get that solved you will have to subscribe to service. It will cost you double.pp

  29. siberia says:

    It MIGHT work for a few transponders but not every c band signal. you will only ge the most powerful signals that are not nearby other satellites. you need at least a 180cm dish, and even that is considered experimental. The only way to ensure good cband reception is with a 2.5meter or larger dish.

  30. BSFSU says:

    Advantage of having a large satellite dish? Are there any anymore?
    Hi Everyone!

    I am looking to pick up a new summer hobby and have a question.

    I have some space in my backyard and was thinking of installing a large satellite dish (c-band ?) and I’m wondering if it makes sense to have one of these anymore? (Can it contact ET? 😛 )

    I have DishNetwork HD and am locked into a contract, so no changes there.

    So, can somebody help me get started or help me decide that it’s not worth doing.

    I am so ignorant of this area that I don’t even know what to ask to get started. I am a grad student, so money is always an issue.

    Thanks so much!!!!

    • lare says:

      not a lot of video sources are on c-band and not encrypted. i would check for recent pubs or google to see if any video services are available that you might want to watch. i beleive that PBS has one analog feed (for the Alaska time zone if you are a night owl). Most commercial nets are digital. A larger than 24 inch dish may be benefial in getting FTA on K band near the horizon.

  31. James says:

    where can i see a c band satellite dish work?

  32. Anonymous says:

    does anyone here have a c-band satellite system?
    and if you have one are some of the channels free? friend is giving his away but it needs another reciever is it worth having a monster dish in my back yard?

  33. RAGDE says:

    what is teh cost of launchign a commubnications satellite?

    What are the frequency bands used for satellite communications?

    a. between the earth and the satellite:
    b. between the satellite and the earth:
    c. between satellites:

    What is the “focus” of a satellite dish?
     What is the typical lifetime of a satellite?

  34. manish b says:

    Someone tell me the source for C Band dish/Antenna suppliers in Bangalore to gewt feed from Asiasat,intelsat?
    Want to put the Dish to get direct clean feed from the satellite, which are the reliable suppliers of these items in Bangalore

  35. Howie S says:

    Where can i find the NFL network on my satellite dish(not dish network or direct tv)?
    C-band, Ku

    • Damon M says:

      Dish and Directv are the only providers at this time that has the NFL Network. What kind of satellite do you have? I was under the impression that DIsh and Directv were the only ones available.

  36. The Wail of a Banshee says:

    Can anyone tell me what a?
    C Band Satellite Dish is , whats the significance of the c-band bit .

    • classicsat says:

      C-band is the larger 6ft or larger dishes, some still around, used to be more of them.

      The frequency they receive is around 4Ghz, compared to around 12Ghz for Ku/DBS dishes.

  37. nelwes says:

    Where on earth and who can teach me about satellite dish installation?
    Just want to be able to instal and maintain my home dish without these pirates siphoning me out every time. Please give me reference or the right course to undertake. Here in East African we mostly use DSTV/Multichoice and GTV the ones I want to venture into. I have a decorder that uses C and U band or I don`t know what they both mean.
    Let me get it from a Satellite TV expert only or tutors from the relavant field.

    • fishlakeguy says:

      I am in USA, so might not be the same, but our 2 major satelite companies [DirecTV and Dish Network] both have installation instructions available online at there home websites.
      The dish will have to be aimed at the satellite that your part of the world uses, and not be obstructed by trees or other obstacles. It is usually mounted high so there is a clear view, then a co-ax cable is connected from the dish to your receiver in your home. Determining the direction and tilt of the dish will depend on your satellite, and your position on the earth. These coordinates should be supplied with your receiver.

  38. sunset_point_123 says:

    I have a 90 cm dish anteena (dth),, and a c band lnb and cand ku band satellite tv receiver,,
    i want to buy a dish to receive c band channels ;;
    waht will be the dish size? ? is it possible to receive c-band channels with 90 cm dish?? plz suggest,,

    • R T says:

      Yes, it’s possible. How well it will work will depend on how strong the signals are in your area.

      The diameter of the dish has to do with the gain (amount of signal it will capture). The frequency part will be the LNA / LNB / LNC, the feed horn and the focus (distance from the face of the dish to the feed horn).

      That size dish is intended for use with high power direct broadcast satellites.

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