LIFEdevelopment.info does not recommend any one particular
satellite receiver system for use in churches, LIFEdevelopment centres,
or homes. Any digital system that can pick up the Hope
Channel from the Hotbird 6 satellite will be able to receive Dwight Nelson's
"Evidence" series which will be broadcast in March 2004.
However, a typical system, and one which is currently
being used in a number of churches, is based around the Manhattan Skyline 1000
Digital Satellite Receiver. Most
of these systems are set up to receive transmissions from the NSS 7 satellite, located at 21.5 degrees west,
but we are recommending that these dishes be realligned to point at the
Hotbird 6 satellite at 13 degrees east. This is a job best left to you
local satellite installer.
Those who do not have an existing satellite dish will
need an 80 cm diameter dish (or possibly less for those living in the
south of England) coupled with a suitable LNB.
A fixed dish is all that is needed in order to
receive the Hope
Channel broadcasts. Some may wish to purchase a steerable dish in
order to receive other free-to-air transmissions. However a steerable
dish is not necessary for the purposes of LIFEdevelopment.info and the
reception of any other stations would be at the discretion of the end
A fully fitted, motorised system, which can receive
transmissions from different satellites, will cost in
the region of £475.00 upwards. However a full system to receive the Hope
Channel will only cost around £250.00.
Not all installers have the skill or experience to install motorised
satellite dishes. Most installers installing Sky TV for the major
companies such as Dixon's or Comet do not have the experience to install
motorised dishes. The main pole holding the dish has to be mounted very
precisely in both horizontal and vertical planes. This is critical.
Also it is essential that a check be made by your potential installer
to make sure there are no objects blocking reception of the signals,
such as high buildings or trees standing in the way. The following check
list will help you to determine whether or not an installation is
feasible before you actually order your satellite package. Note that
this initial check is very important and may prevent you from buying
equipment that you may not be able to use.
Does the house has a suitable south facing wall?
Are there any bye-law restrictions which would prevent installation?
Has planning permission been granted (if needed)?
Are there any objects blocking the reception path?
Are the signals strong enough in your area?
If you want a motorised dish, is your installer competent to fit it?
Has an installation price been agreed?
Have any extras to this price been clearly stated?
Does the price include setting up the receiver to receive the Hope
Has the installer clearly stated the terms of guarantee?
You should only go ahead and order a system if you can answer yes to
all of the questions above.