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How to Tune Your Dish
 
Information:
The GRTS Satellite Network service from Gambia is a free-to-air (FTA) digital television reception signal which was launched on the 25th May, 2009 at a cost of $9.5 million.

GRTS also has a mobile satellite vehicle that can be operated anywhere in The Gambia and internationally to send live TV programme signals to the studio at Kanifing and from their the signal is fed back to the large transmitting dish where it is relayed to a worldwide audience.

When phase 2 of the project is finished, it would give it a broader coverage in the international community. This involves the switch-over from the present analogue to the digital system.

As part of the project there are also FM radio transmitters in Gambia at Abuko, Bansang, Basse, Kundang and Mansakonko. Again these signals are fed into the broadcasting dish up to the satellite for listeners around the world.

How to Tune Your Satellite Dish to C-Band:

(Technical Specifications)

Satellite   Eutelsat 7A
     
Orbital position   5  West
     
Downlink Frequency   4123.8 MHz
     
Polarization   Left (L) Hand Circular
     
Transponder (tp)   87
     
Video Program ID (VPID)   33
     
Symbol Rate   3572 Kb/s
 
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Field Error Correction (FEC)   7/8
     
System/Source ID (SID)   1
     
System Encryption   Digital Video Broadcast (DVB-s) mpeg 2
     
ONID-TID (Audio)   36
     
Beam   Panatlantic C-Band Global
     
Dish Size   1.8m (6ft) +


How to Tune Your Satellite Dish to KU-Band:

Satellite   Eutelsat W3A
     
Orbital position   7 East
     
Downlink Frequency   10721 MHz
     
Polarization   Vertical
     
Audio Payload Identifier (APID)   142
     
Video Program ID (VPID)   141
     
Symbol Rate   27500 kb/s (27.5 Mb/s)
     
Field Error Correction (FEC)   3/4
     
Dish Size   90 cm

Note:
For residential viewers it's advisable to choose a larger parabolic antenna than would normally be required if only one LNB were fitted.

The broadcasting beam covers:
   Africa
   Europe (inc. UK)
   South America
   Middle East
   USA & Canada (East Coast)

The main motorised broadcasting dish is at Kanifing and measures 7.3m in diameter and is pointing towards Intelsat (IS 901) 18 degrees west.
 
 
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