1.25m Offset Satellite Dish.
We call this is a 1.25m Offset Satellite Dish, measuring 122 cm x 137 cm.
Around the Costa Blanca these 1.25m Offset Satellite Dish are very popular. They can be used for UK TV, and receive all of the Sky TV channels in Spain. They can also be used to receive the main UK TV channels, (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five) in some areas of Valencia and the Costa Blanca North area.
This 1.25m Offset Satellite Dish can be used to receive satellite TV from another of different satellites such as Astra 1 at 19 east, Astra 2 at 28 east, Astra 3 at 23 East, Hotbird at 13 East, BAdr at 26 east, and Nilesat at 7 West, but its size can be a bit “overkill” for these satellite!
In many areas of the Costa Blanca and Spain, these 1.25m Offset Satellite Dish are able to receive a number of free UK TV channels, and all of the Sky subscription package channels.
This 1.25m Offset Satellite Dish can receive the main UK TV channels, (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five) from the Astra 2 group of satellites in some areas of some areas of Valencia and the Costa Blanca North. Their signal for these channels is very stable.
Due to the differences as to how satellite dish measurement are taken this 1.25m Offset Satellite Dish may be known as a 1.4m Satellite Dish in Spain.
This is one of the most popular satellite dishes for reception of UK TV on the Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain.
These satellite dishes have been used for many years for reception of UK TV in Spain.
In our opinion they are one of the best performing satellite dishes of this size for reception of BBC ITV C4 and Five channels in the Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain.
1.25m Satellite Dish Specifications:
Gain (12.5Ghz) : 43.0db
Famaval 1.4 Metre Satellite Dish
Famaval are based in Portugal and manufacture a range of satellite dishes / parabolicas.
Famaval, according to their catalogue, produce an “off set” 130cm satellite dish.
The Famaval 1.30cm satellite dish, has outer measurements of 130cm x 142cm
These Famaval 1.30cm satellite dishes have 6 bolts, in two lines of 3, that attach the satellite dish to the support bracket.
Due to the differences as to how satellite dish measurement are taken this Famaval 1.30cm Satellite Dish may be known as a 1.4m Famaval Satellite Dish in Spain.
Famaval 1.4m Satellite Dish Specifications:
Dish Height: 142cm
Dish Width: 130cm
Reflective Height: 137cm
Reflective Width: 125cm
Gain (12.75Ghz) : 42.8db
Satellite Dish Gain Confusion
Despite what you may have read and heard from newspapers or advertising, the Famaval 1.4m satellite dish may not actually have the best “gain”, and therefore may not be the best make of satellite dish for Spain and the Costa Blanca.
Some expat newspapers run an advert from a satellite dish wholesaler that says “if any company tries to sell you a satellite dish by saying that this dish is ‘special gain’ or ‘superior’ or ‘multi-gain’ or ‘high performance’ or ‘super duper’ ALWAYS DEMAND to see the dish manufacturers website to compare the dish specification against the “Famaval” range of dishes.”.And that their “1.4m Hi Gain satellite dish out performs any other 1.4m satellite dish on the market.”
So here are the comparisons from the Famaval website and the Tecatel website:
The Famaval 1.4m (130x142cm) satellite dish has, according to their website, a gain at 12.75Ghz of 42.8db
The Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish has, according to their website, a gain at 12.5ghz of 43db.
So based on the satellite dish manufactures own websites, the Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish has more gain than the Famaval 1.4m satellite dish.
This can also be backed up by out personal tests and findings when taking signal measurements of installations using the two makes of satellite dish, with our Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish outperforming the Famaval 1.4m satellite dish. This is why the Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish is and always has been our preferred choice of dish to install out of these two manufacturers.
Satellite Dish Size Confusion
There are two ways to actually measure a satellite dish.
The first way is to measure the horizontal length of the actual reflector part of the satellite dish. This is how a satellite dish is measured in most of the world.
The second way is to measure the vertical length of the reflector and include the outer rim of the satellite dish. This is how a satellite dish is measured in Spain.
This is how a satellite dish with a reflector measurement of 125 x 135cm, can also be known as a 1.4m satellite dish in Spain. And how a satellite dish measuring 180 x 180cm can be known s a 1.9m satellite dish in Spain!