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Registered: Jan 2002
Originally posted by Bigg
We know they will pending FCC approval. New 6x multi, 18" dish in addition to a P3, but any rec that is halfway new will be fine with it.
for 72.5 I'm not even sure you will need a new multiswtich. It would depend on how many tp's they get to use. Bascially 110 and 119 right now get combined hardware wise (a special combiner is in the lnb to feed both onto a single pair of wires just like the 101 sat uses a singel pair of wires for itself) to act hardwarewise like just 2 satellites- the software in the boxes know which thransponders come from whcih sats and decieds to call things sat a, b, or c. Anyhow- theres no reason that another combiner couldnt be used to combine 72.5 into the pair of wires already used for 110&119.
for example 119 uses 22 to 32. 110 uses just 28,30 &32. Somehow 28,30, and 32 from 110 are coverted to look like lowed TP's and combined into the 119 signal- so maybe they make them look like 2,4, & 6. THen they could take transponders 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19 &21 from the 72.5 and just splice that into the 119 wires also. THe software in the boxes might need to know it happened but even that i'm not so sure- what soes it matter besides dish pointing which sat the signal comes from- the box just needs to know which wire to ask for- even or odd, first pair or second. Without much thought they can easily combine another 10 or 11 transponders- more if they got real fancy. they could conceivably get up to 18 transponders to use and still just use 2 sets of 2 wires. I doubt the candians would give them much more than that- that's already more than half the 32 tp's allowed at 72.5
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