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    Here's one you won't see every day...

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    ... It's TVGE from Equatorial Guinea. You'll find this country, just above the equator, in western Africa. I grabbed this ID slide from the Ku satellite band.

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    Another TVGE ID slide...

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    73, Ed NN2E
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    I don't have a dish---does this signal go in and out, like DX? I feel dumb asking that.....but there is someone on YouTube that puts up stations receivable on a sat dish.

    I think Eq Guinea used to have a TV signal below 50 MHz....maybe they still do.

    cd

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    Hi cd... Even with a 10 ft sat dish the Ku signals can be kinda iffy to receive. On a windy day the dish will rock enough to occasionally lose a Ku signal. On calm days reception is essentially rock solid. Although, I believe there's a certain amount of interference from the local cell site... The same one that wiped out UHF TV, a couple of years ago, requiring the installation of low-pass filters to eliminate the problem.

    There are a lot of international channels available on Ku sat. I'll try to grab more screen-shots as time goes on.

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    I'm on a satellite forum and there was some talk there several months ago that the FTA (free-to-air) satellite hobbyists are *dxers* also. A person may argue that satellite reception is always there, so it isn't really dx. BUT - the satellite hobbyist that calls himself a dxer would disagree and they generally have a reason for referring to it as dx. Just like any other band, C & Ku are radio/TV frequencies, they require a digital receiver and dish with the lnbf (antenna) to receive the signals.

    And not all signals are equal. Some are very strong and others are weak. Obviously, it doesn't take as sophisticated equipment to receive the strong signals. To get the weak and fussy signals, it takes a larger and well tuned dish, and especially aimed in the correct direction (degrees & azimuth). Hey, this is starting to sound like TV & FM dxing! And then there are some satellite *dxers* that collect photos of how many TV stations from various countries they can get - in other words, they keep a tally of the number of countries *logged*. Stations come and go. They move from satellite to satellite. They go off the air for awhile and then reappear. Didn't I just say this sounded like TV & FM dxing?

    I have four Ku band dishes up, along with one 6' C band dish. I've been chasing satellite TV channels since the mid 90s. But I don't think I've seen TVGE yet.
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    Another one from Ku sat...

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    ... ORTM from Mali, west Africa.

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    I have a Ku dish in my backyard. If you want hundreds of channels you'll never watch, then a Ku dish may be perfect for you. I don't consider this DX. It's just a matter of having the right equipment for what you want to receive. I used to have a motorized dish that could receive everything from 15 degrees west to 125 degrees, but it was too much work to maintain. Every once in a while the alignment would go slightly off and the whole arc would be off. Now I just keep it aimed at Hispasat (30 degrees west). Pointing there, I can receive Cuba, Argentina, and Spain.
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    I never intended to claim these ID slides as DX. I post them, simply, to show folks who've never had the chance to see these international channels. I find them interesting.

    Even though I don't speak many of the languages, the old saying still holds true... "A picture is worth a thousand words." I've seen events, on the international channels, that you'll NEVER see from, what masquerades as News Media, here in the States. There's much to be learned from watching international TV, and, as another old saying goes... "Knowledge is power."

    If someone wants to count sat-surfing as DX it doesn't bother me any.

    73, Ed NN2E
    Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds
    "You Might Be a Redneck If...
    Your TV is on 24/7.
    Your TV has been permanently on for over a decade.
    The only time your TV is off is during a power outage.
    Your TV gets 512 channels, but you go outside to use the bathroom.
    Your new TV is sitting on top of your old TV.
    Your TV costs more than all of your other furniture.
    Your deer-stand has a TV antenna on it.
    Your cable provider has no idea that you exist."
    Jeff Foxworthy

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    Ed:

    Your second paragraph is spot one. Sadly, our government propaganda TV news agencies misleads us every day.
    Perhaps we should "Question More" as 'Russia Today' says.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgFKsfBVXa8
    https://www.rt.com/

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    Ed, you are correct. By the way, my Ku dish came in handy on Friday during an e-skip event. I had some UNID on channel 2, and I couldn't even figure which direction it was coming from. I almost thought the signal was peaking aiming NE on analog channel 2. I flipped on Cubavision on my Ku dish, and sure enough, the programming matched... so I figured it was Santiago de Cuba, which is far less common than Havana's Tele Rebelde. The programming was super-weak, but good enough to see that it matched the Ku dish.
    Andrew

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