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  1. Why is it important to not have any sparkles or noise in my signal?

  2. I can't get a blasted thing ! Help !

  3. What does FTA or Free To Air mean?

  4. What does MPEG stand for?




  1. Why is it important to not have any sparkles or noise in my signal?

    Sparkles or noise will cause your digital signal to be corrupt in the data stream to your receiver. It will prevent you from getting digital signals. Think of sparkles as blowing holes in your data.

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  2. I can't get a blasted thing ! Help !

    Here is a easy one that you can try, aim to Galaxy 4r with your 4dtv unit (or other) on c band. Make sure that you can get World Harvest TV that is on transponder 15 in the horizontal polarity. Once you have this tuned in, without sparkles - this is important, then look at the chart at:

    http://www.lyngsat.com/g4r.shtml

    On transponder 3, you will see the Reformation Channel on the same polarity. Hook the c band coax to the receiver and try a search. Make sure the LNB LO data is set for c band (5150 MHz). If it doesn't find it, do a manual search using the transponder frequency (3744) and symbol rate (1953).

    If you are on the satellite, and you have entered the correct information, assuming you do not have ANY sparkles you will find this station. Once that is done, you can look at the chart and try KCHF on transponder 5 ( although it may have already found it when you did the search ).

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  3. What does FTA or Free To Air mean?

    FTA of course stands for Free To Air and means that the programming you can get is free and without charge. It is really not dependant on the format of the satellite signal as it encompasses NTSC, 4DTV and MPEG-2. However, the term really came into use with the advent of the consumer MPEG-2 receivers.

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  4. What does MPEG stand for?

    MPEG is the abreviation for Moving Picture Experts Group

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