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Using spectrum analyzer at a comm site.

Discussion in 'FTA / Non Small Dish Satellite Area' started by shortyfred, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. shortyfred

    shortyfred New Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I,m in Hawaii trying to use a spectrum analyzer (kusat) to locate Galaxy 19, but it seems as though there is so much RF that I cant see anything but noise. It has all kinds of RF there, it is on a comm/repeter site

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. cabletech

    cabletech Legend

    Jan 20, 2011
    What type of antenna system are you trying to use? Do you have the SA connected to the dish LNB, or are you doing a 'horn' search? What are you trying to find?

    There is a Christian TV Network on this bird at freq 12060-horz.

    Here is the sight alignment information from your location. This should help.

    Address: ewa beach hawaii
    Latitude: 21.3169°
    Longitude: -158.0132°

    Satellite: 97W GALAXY 19 (G-19)
    Elevation: 18.6°
    Azimuth (true): 101.4°
    Azimuth (magn.): 91.5°

    Good Luck
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
  4. shortyfred

    shortyfred New Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I'm looking for the KU band. I have pointed galaxy 19 several times, but it seems that all the RF is showing up as noise on the SA so I can't see any satellite signal.

  5. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    If you are seeing what looks like all noise, then you are not receiving the desired signal. That can be because you are severly misaimed or there is no RF output from the LNB.

    Are you sure the LNB is getting DC powering, either from the spec analyzer or from the satellite receiver? Can you arrange to connect your spec analyzer to a DBS DirecTV or DISH Network LNB downlead so that you can see what a robust RF spectrum looks like?
  6. shortyfred

    shortyfred New Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I can go down the from the site and the SA works fine.
  7. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    What happens if you use the same RF cable, but put a terminator on it (with the DC voltage turned off, of course), instead of connecting to the LNB?
    You may be getting ingress right thru the cable.

    If not, it's coming in at L-band, right thru the LNB. You might need a different LNB (something with a better filter on the input, or better shielding.
    You might try a few torroids on the RF cable, to see if the L-band interference (from nearby cell and other transmitters) is getting fed back in to the LNB via the cable shield. You'd need to select the torroid's "mix" for L-Band frequencies, though. Call Tech Support at one of the Ferrite makers for their recommendations. (We had a similar problem with a UHF TV channel getting in "the back way" to a microwave receiver. Tech Support was very helpful in selecting the correct torroids. Then, we just ordered them from stock someplace, and got them in a day or two. Wish I could remember the company's name.)
  8. shortyfred

    shortyfred New Member

    Jul 17, 2008
    Thanks for the answer. I think it will solve my problem.

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