Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (November 29, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
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First a quick definition- Free-to-air satellite transmissions are transmissions that you don't have to pay a subscriber fee. The satellites transmit the stations, sometimes encoded, but frequently not, so if you have a dish that's positioned correctly, you can pick up those stations. You pick up those stations with a satellite dish. While you can certainly have a dish system installed that you pay a monthly fee for, this book is about building your own system to pick up free signals.My husband is a tinkerer who has been messing with building antennas for years. FTA satellite antennas were the obvious next step.This well written manual is written for non-experts and hobbyists who are just getting interested in building home satellite television systems. The language is very clear and defines the technical jargon in easily understandable ways.You learn how to set up anything from a small dish or if your budget and area zoning allows, a 6 foot dish.A resource list allows you to find the materials needed to build your dish, and sites that will help you position your dish according to location.The book also explains about how satellite transmissions work, going into the science in a clear way.There is also information on setting up surround sound for the best satellite television experience possible.I'm really impressed with how well it covers the subject matter without becoming too dry to read. It's laid out in such a way that it's easy to find what you need to go back over while your building your system.In a world where a lot of people think they have to have cable or a paid satellite service just to get basic channels, this opens up a lot of possibilities in finding free transmissions for a one time cost.
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