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Is 2.5 dbi worth $120?

Discussion in 'FTA / Non Small Dish Satellite Area' started by videobruce, Aug 2, 2005.

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  1. Aug 2, 2005 #1 of 11
    videobruce

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    I live in the NE and looking at FTA transponders.
    I can get the Winegard DS-2076 for $34 + $16 shipping
    From the same place I can get the DS-3101 for $90 + $80 shipping.

    Is the 2.5 dbi increase worth the $120 difference let along the increased weight?
     
  2. Aug 2, 2005 #2 of 11
    FTA Michael

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    Let me put it this way: The smaller dish will give you 95% of the FTA channels when the weather's good. You may be satisfied with that. Or you may want to get one of those other 5% (the elusive WVGN NBC comes to mind). Or you may want to ensure that you can watch weaker signals (The Tube comes to mind) in a broader range of weather conditions.

    Pretty good is enough for some folks, but if you think you're going to want to upgrade in a little while, you might as well buy the best you can in the first place.
     
  3. Aug 2, 2005 #3 of 11
    videobruce

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    Upgrade to what?

    Another example (though maybe not the lowest price);
    I can get a Fortec 31" for $45 + $30 shipping,
    the 36" model is $68 + $30,
    the 39" model is $100 + $75

    There is 2 dbi and $100 difference between the 31" and the 39" :confused:
     
  4. Aug 2, 2005 #4 of 11
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    It depends. Sometimes an increase of 2-3 percent in signal quality can mean getting or not getting a channel. I have the 2076 and it is a good performer for the money but on occasion I wish I had that 2-3 percent. You could try the 2076 first and see how it works. If you stay in FTA you will probably find a use for it even if you upgrade. Make sure you use at least a .4 NF LNB for best results with the 2076. One other point, I think the 1 meter Winegard at 22 lbs. might be too much weight for the 2100 if you go that way.


     
  5. Aug 2, 2005 #5 of 11
    videobruce

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    I have thought about this and question their 'up to 1.2 m capability' claim.

    Anyway, I can't see getting those Chineese dishes when I can get a American made one for around the same price! :eek2:
     
  6. Aug 2, 2005 #6 of 11
    W_Tracy_Parnell

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    If you want a larger dish than the 2076 you might look at the Fortec 36 inch. It is not as heavy and several people at the Say Guys forum are using that combo.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2005 #7 of 11
    videobruce

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    IOW's not built as well. There was a review of one of the Invacom LNBF's and it was too heavy for the arm. It bent the arm!
    Doesn't sound as I would want one of those.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2005 #8 of 11
    W_Tracy_Parnell

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    True-the Fortec is not built as well as the Winegard. There was a review somewhere that said even the finish wasn't as good. Just trying to help. :)
     
  9. Aug 4, 2005 #9 of 11
    videobruce

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    Two negitive reviews. With the very small price difference I can't see Fortec being a option. :nono2:
     
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    So you're getting a Winegard 1 meter, a STAB motor and a 3500 then?
     
  11. videobruce

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    The 1 meter Winegard, the 3500a snd either the 2100 or the Stab.
    My biggest issue is where to go with the dish.......... :confused:

    I should of edited my first post for the 1020a card since the slot feature isn't a feature for me. It's just the price of the card is appealing. I still might get it for a 2nd receiver to mess around with.
     
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