Mar 062015

This weeks satellite TV news – 6 March 2015

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Sep 212014

What is the best satellite dish for UK TV in Spain?


Well the first thing is where in Spain are you, as this will determine the size of satellite dish you will be needing for reception of UK TV in Spain.


In my service area, the Valencia and Costa Blanca North area, a satellite dish of 125x135cm is the recommended satellite dish.

These are oval in shape and are called “off set” satellite dishes, as the LNB is located at an “off set” angle to the face of the satellite dish.


We have found that the best performing satellite dish for reception of UK TV in Spain in my service area is currently a 125x135cm satellite dish manufactured by Tecatel –

This is the satellite dish that we recommend for a decent stable signal vrom the new UK TV satellites, Astra 2e and Astra 2F.

The Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish is the satellite dish we have been using for our satellite installations since February 2014.

We found this Tecatel satellite dish outperform the Famaval “1.4m” satellite dish by about 0.3 to 0.5 db.

This despite the Famaval 1.4m dish being advertised as a “hi gain satellite dish” and that it “outperforms other satellite dishes of a similar size”.

This is from testing a range of similar sized dishes in various locations in our service area.


And these Tecatel satellite dishes are robust and reliable.

In fact they were used to receive BBC TV in Spain, over 15 years ago, before the move to the “big dish” satellite. Many of these satellite dishes are still installed and working today.


Worryingly, many of the famed Famaval 1.4m satellite dishes that I have been called out to help resolve reception problems have usually not been installed correctly. The Famaval 1.4m dishes come with rubber “grommets” that should be fitted between the dish and the supporting brackets. Many installs I have seen do not have these, so the dish is not performing at its best. I have no idea why installers in my area do not use the rubber grommets – there must be a huge stockpile in someone’s van… Much in the same way installers “forget” to use the rubber boots for LNB connections….

Apr 272014

What is the best satellite dish for reception of UK TV in the Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain?

If you believe what you read and hear then you will have thought it was the Famaval 1.4m “hi gain” satellite dish.

Nor is it the Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish which is out own preferred satellite dish to install.

We were called to a clients to install a satellite dish that they had been given by a friend.

It is a Channel Master 1.2m offset satellite dish.


The Channel Master 1.2m measures 120cm horizontally and 130cm vertically across the face of the dish.

This makes it smaller than the Famaval 1.4m “hi gain” satellite dish, that measures 125x137cm across the face of the satellite dish, and smaller than the Tecatel dish which measures 125x135cm across the face of the dish. These two satellite dishes perform equally as well as each other, but the Tecatel dish has the edge

However, during installation, we found that the signal levels on this Channel Master 1.2m dish are far better than the larger Famaval and Tecatel satellite dishes.

In fact the signal levels were excellent.

As an example, I tested the reception of Challenge TV, which is currently transmitted on a “north beam” frequency, making it tricky to receive mid afternoon. At the time of the comparison, the Famaval 1.4m satellite dish was not receiving “Challenge TV”, yet the Channel Master dish was receiving Challenge TV.

Although the performance of this Channel Master dish is quite something, outperforming satellite dishes that are slightly larger, the cost of the dish is reflects this, being about twice the price. These Channel Master dishes are not as readily available as the Tecatel 125×135 satellite dishes.

A very nice and well performing satellite dish. Just a shame the cost and availability make it less desirable than other satellite dishes which are cheaper and more readily available.