My Satellite Earth Link

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TF3000CIPpro satellite receiver front view

satellite dishes The Earth link consists of two 88 cm Gibertini dishes, each equiped with two cross-eyed LNBs. Thus the one dish is responsible for Astra 1 (19.2 east) / Hotbird (13 east), the other one for Astra 2 (28.2 east) / Astra 3 (23.5 east). In earlier times I had an old dish made of steel, looking at 1 west to receive Dr. Dish TV, later it changed to Hotbird (13 east), now you can receive it via Astra 1 (19.2 east). These transmissions are a must for every satellite enthusiast.

turnable dish switches under the roofFixed on a polarmount is a 150 cm Kreiselmeyer Prime Focus dish from 1989, with I receive the satellites from approx. 70 east to 53 west, a 24 inch Hirschmann push rod motor is responsible for the very quiet operation.
To have easy access to all satellites with mutliple receivers, every receiver is connected upstream to a 4-to-1 switch (Spaun SUR-410).
Turning the 150 cm dish is managed by the elderly Topfield TF3000CIPpro, one of the rare receivers with a real 36V connector and a positioner.
Why all this effort? In no way for watching the boring appropriate programs, this would be a waste of time. It is more interesting to watch foreign programs or to be live on current feeds! Best example: the NASA Feeds (NASA-TV) with the Space Shuttle starts and landings or reports from the ISS. On Sat-Benelux you see what's going on.

My settings list for the TF3000CIPpro contains nearly any visible satellite, from 68.5 East to 45 West, with many services and feeds. Data could be outdated and is serviced only from time to time. Although the different satellites are saved in the file, their positions are not in there. Users of this list (with the help of Vega from Topfield's homepage) have to save the satellite positions manually...
Download settings from 2006/01/26 as ZIP file (56 kByte).

Landscape-LabelMy favorite digital program was the Landscape Channel, transmitting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the most beautiful landscape videos, set to classical and New Age music. Its home was until the end of the year 2000 on satellite Telstar 11 (former Orion 1, 37.5 west), then the signal was fed via internet to the cable providers, so there was only the scrambled signal on Kopernikus 23.2 east. And then the program disappeared completely :-(
In november 2003 Landscape was back, now on 28.2 east within the program of "Friendly TV", but after a year it disappeared again.
Please let me know where I can find Landscape Channel nowadays!
Classic fM TVAs a replacement I watched until the end of 2007 Classic fM TV on Astra 2 (28.2 Ost), here you saw a lot of classical clips but also smooth pop music.
The best things in life vanish by themselves and much too early...
O-Music TVAs a replacement therefor (?) transmits now O-Music, same parameters as Classic fM TV: Astra 2 (28.2 East), 11.224 GHz, vertikal, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3.
Similar music choice, but the picture quality is worse.
C-Music TVEven more I like C-Music on Eurobird 9 (9 East), 11.958 GHz, vertikal, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4: classical, cinema, chillout - as C-Music describes.
Melody Zen TV is found on the same satellite - 11.804 GHz, vertikal, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4. Here you can watch great landscape clips either in original sound or with New Age music. And this in standard video and even in HDTV!
Sadly, since 2009 this program is encrypted

Besides the TF3000CIPpro I own a TF4000PVR, a TF5500PVR, a TF7700HDPVR as well as a QS1080IR (for the 4:2:2 feeds).
The TF5500PVR which has the dot matrix VFD, neglected by Topfield, now excellent supported with Happy's TAP NiceDisplay!

Nokia 9500And never forget the good old d-box! With its software DVB2000 this receiver is since today a worthwhile help finding feeds. You will find some useful information here.

In conclusion a little reminiscence of my WISI OR-210, controling brave my turnable dish for 16 years. I had to replace it, because analogue television is disappearing and inspite of many extensions the operational concept wasn't up to date any more.

Dish alignment with Dishpointer:
Select your satellite and input your location or coordinates. The map scrolls by pressing the left mouse key or the navigation arrows in the upper left corner, -/+ activates zoom. You can also click and drag the marker.
Beneath the map appears the exact data to align your dish!

DishPointer Android app

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updated: 2012-03-28

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