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  1. Depending how far away from the house the wall is you still could be in with a shout, remember the sat's are high in the sky, so if its say 10 mtrs should be ok and even if you have to sit it on something or fit it two mtrs up the wall of the house that should be ok, just a few thoughts... you must decide...... but whatever have a Merry Christmas.
  2. Hi babnik I am guessing you have a digital stb and a fixed dish, shame you did not tell us the whole true in the beginning........ all you need is a motorised dish then you can point it at any sat you want, if you want french pay tv you will need a stb that will accept the card... does your stb have card slots?  no slots .....no card....no pay tv....... look through my other posts for channel's you can get plus many more......   More info?      just ask
  3. Hi Croixblanches May I be bold and throw my two euros in, this may just get your Christmas viewing (must watch the Queen)  this will ONLY apply if you have a clear view of the sky south ie. no trees bushes buildings in the way.......... buy a 80 cm dish a single lnb and some decent cable plus two "F"connectors and a pole........ I will keep this next bit simple........pick a site in your garden close to the house facing south bang the pole into the ground so it does not move and idealy  upright, attach lnb to dish then dish to pole..... best to have already measured distance fom tv to the position you are going to put pole plus and extra 4 mtrs so you know how much cable you will need connect cable to box and dish and turn on box and tv as you normally would ....... get compass find south then 28 degrees east of south point the dish in this direction ......... now the elevation of the dish, I would say almost upright (remember the sat is high in the sky NOT on the horizon) and your lnb is offset its now a case of moving the dish in small movements and waiting at least 5 seconds before moving again and the best of luck......... That a look in the FAQ section re satellite installation which might explain it better. If you need more info just ask
  4. Martin Could not agree with you more, if it suits you why not, and I agree with keeping the dish lowish normally no need to put it on the chimney ( maybe they think if its nearer to the sat it will work better lol!!) same as the Romans who built high spires on their high churches thinking they would be nearer to God, I just think a motorised dish gives you more options.   Regards
  5. Your dead right its astra 1 NOT 2, if your friend wants french and uk channels he will need a motorised dish he will then be able to get all the other sat's as well, dutch, italian, spanish etc
  6. Hi Liz Could not agree with you more, but unfortunatley not everybody can get a clear sight of the south sky, why some people put them on chimleys I don't know, I do not think they know how high in the sky the sat's are.
  8. Hi Graham France 2, 3, 4 and 5 are available Digital FTA on Atlantic bird 3,  you will need to purchase a digital/numeric system, I would also recommend a motorised system, you will need a motor to move your dish, IMO better than multiple dishes (sorry Martyn) but get a decent motor about £70, I went for the STAB motor then set up your receiver to USALS and its all done for you. If you need any more info just ask I will try and help 
  9. Hi Babnik France 2, 3, 4, and 5 are available Digital FTA on Atlantic bird 3. If you need any info just ask
  10. Hi Paul Sorry to but in, too far apart, suggest you motorise, cost about £70 for a good motor, yes you can buy cheaper but its out in all weathers and the cheaper ones do tend to seize up and I would recommend a good squirt of WD40 after about a year of use before the bad weather arrives you don't want to be up a ladder in a gale! and that goes for any motor you fit, not too difficult to do, then you change sat at the touch of a button.     Bonne Chance
  11. Hi Punch are you receiving France 2,3,4,5? if you are can you not do without M6 & TF1?  There is talk (there's always talk) that once they get enough people on TNT they will encrypt some channel's, also there are other french channel's on Hotbird FTA 
  12. Hi Martin I stand corrected, my err other little box was helping with TF1 &M6 oops! but all the rest France 2, 3, 4, 5, arte and LCP are available DIGITAL  FTA on Atlantic bird 3, you might need to enter or change the TP ........TPKB4 / 11591 / V / 20000  then scan, as this TP may not be already set up in your box. If I get any further info I will post.
  13. Any thing is only as difficult as you allow it to be, ask a pilot how hard he/she finds it to fly a plane, if you can fit up a stationary sat dish there is NO reason why you can not fit a motorised dish which will give you a 180 deg swing and as long as you have clear sight due south (no trees buildings etc) there should be no problem, I would also suggest a 85/90cm dish and I would  go for a decent motor NOT the cheapest, if you want any help just ask, my best advice is TAKE YOUR TIME DO NOT RUSH if it takes another day to get it right at least it will be RIGHT, one other thing to take into consideration is the Sat's are due south but high in the sky not low on the horizon if you look at the lnb you will notice it is offset take an imaginary line from the end of the lnb to the dish and then using the same angle skyward, it takes you high into the sky. By the way I knew NOTHING before I fitted up my system my only help was the beautiful Clare (and what an assistant she is ) and a sat signal strength meter (very useful) and thankfully after setting it all up it only needed a slight tweak here and there for perfection, lots of Sat's and loads of channels, some good some not so good and some absolute C**P Not as expensive or difficult as some would like us to believe I hope this helps, any other questions please ask. NOTE...... The info I have given is what I have taught myself, I am NOT a professional tv/sat engineer and I have given this info to assist anyone who is setting up a digital tv system,  if anyone finds any faults please advice me so I may correct it, just be responsible especially when up a ladder, a 80cm dish acts like a sail when the wind is gusting so be careful.   Bonne Chance  
  14. OK found it, the strong box is digital, so all my previous posts should be correct, not a top of the range model but will get lots of  FTA channel's and I think you will find it is made in the far east China/Korea/Thailand so not exactly French   Bonne Chance
  15. Hi all This box will get ALL the FTA channels, you can only get the S*Y encrypted channels with a S*Y box so you will get all BBC, ITV1, 2, 3, 4, but NOT channel's 4 or 5 so you are not missing (IMO) much, me I would not use a S*Y box if it was given to me and the thought of giving Murdoch money.....AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! But hey that's my opinion, you do what you want to do. With the right box and a bit of knowledge you can get some of the encrypted channels including TPS (English footy and films)and Multi-vision, For Free, I would recommend a motorised system as there is plenty of other satellite's that broadcast in English and they are  FTA.   Bonne Chance
  16. Hi All As far as I can see the following are available FTA, I  am in the uk and get them all FTA? HOTBIRD 123 Sat, 3A Telesud, Arte Francais, Demain, Euronews, KTO, La Local, France5 europe, TV8 Mont Blanc, Telif ATLANTIC BIRD3 France2, France3 Sat, France4, France5, FranceO, M6, TFI, France5 europe.   If anyone has any reason to query my post PLEASE do not hesitate to inform me. Bonne Chance
  17. Hi all Plain and simple put them under the grill non skin side up to melt the fat and heat through then turn over (skin side up) and grill until the skin is crispy, and as stated already KEEP the fat it will last for ages in the fridge, good for roast potatoes, Pork rillettes, and it smells wonderful when cooking.   Bon Chance and a merry Christmas to all
  18. Hi miaviv I do not know this model, as long as it is digital (numeric) it will get all the channels
  19. Hi Brian I have only installed and worked on air/air systems (I believe in sticking to what you know) but common sense says geo would give you a more constant heat gain, it would also be much more expensive to install and I guess (and it is a guess) the system would be a one off, designed for your property no doubt a good system but who would carry out any repairs and how soon could they get to you if in the middle of winter if you have a problem? As a ball park figure you will need 25/30kW output from the system Hi Sallyb the £50 coolers use water as the cooling medium which means you will be putting water into the air in the room you are trying to cool which in turn will give you a very humid room. The £200 mobile unit will need to be vented to the outside (you cannot destroy heat only move it from place to place) is liable to be noisy as the compressor and both fans will be inside the room a fixed split system has the compressor and one fan outside the indoor unit has the cooling block (evaporator) and a tangential fan (very quiet) you pays your money and makes your choice Hope this helps Stephen  
  20. oh ye of little faith air/air heat pumps for every euro you spend on running the unit in heating mode you will get UP TO €4 OF HEAT Please NOTE up to  the reason for this is as the ambient outside temp drops so does the heat gain ratio, the claims you see are not wild but true at a given temp you do get a large heat gain, a bit like...... the sun always shines on our gites!!!!! ......enjoy glorious sunny days at our cottage. the big question is HOW BIG IS YOUR BARN ? AND IS IT TOTALLY OPEN PLAN ? Hope this helps Stephen p.s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineer 
  21. Hi All air sourced system will freeze up but will not fail they are used today all over the world, when the outside coil freezes over a sensor sends a signal to the controller which in turn tells the system to reverse cycle which defrosts the coil and then turns back again onto heating mode. hope I have explained the principle clearly Regards The Fridgeman 
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