This post was most recently updated on September 2nd, 2019
Dish sizes are measured centimetres and meters across its diameter. I will be displaying pictures of popular satellite dishes/antennas used in tracking satellite TV channels signals in Africa. When we talk about big parabola dishes, what readily comes to mind if FTA channels. This opinion is largely true as the best way to enjoy premium Free to air channels is when you have a big dish.
Pictures of Popular Satellite Dishes
The standard measurement of a dish size is in centimetres or meters. A centimetre (CM) is a unit of length equal to 0.01 of a meter while A meter (M) is a unit of measurement equal to 100 centimetres. Also, I won’t be boring you with details like the advantages of a big dish because I already discussed it here.
I will now take them one after the other, starting from the largest(in terms of usability) to the least. If I am still reemphasizing it that were not displaying all the available satellite dishes, I am only uploading pictures of the ones that are useful for Africans in other to watch satellite television.
1. 4.8/5 Meters Dish(Prime Focus/C Band Dish)
The above image is that of a 5-meters dish. There is little difference in size between a 5-meter and a 4.8-meter dish. Hence, the picture above is similar to a 4.8meters antenna.
A 5-meter dish is not very popular for satellite tv channels in Africa due to its enormous size. On the contrary, industries make use of such dishes more than homes.
4.5 meters dishes are the biggest you can use in most homes in Africa. To get the largest pool of channels in certain regions, you need the biggest dish. Basically, a 4 to 5 meters dish is tagged a prime focus/c band dish. The reason is that you mostly use a c Band LNB on the.
Furthermore, buying a big dish largely depends on the availability of the footprint of interest in your location. To simplify this puzzle, you can read up my article on sizes satellite of dishes.
Lastly, some of the popular channels that you can consider tracking with a big dish in Africa are Nilesat, Hotbird 13e, Hispasat 30w, astra 19.2e and so.
2. 3.*** Meter dish (That is Dish size ranging between 3.0meters to 3.8meters)
3meters is significantly different to 2.8 meters in terms of the numbers of important channels the can both receive. I always advise people to go for 3.8 meters if they can’t afford a 4 meter or a 4.5meter dish. It is coming to a point whereby it will be difficult yo gt FTA sports channels on a 3-meters dish. A 3/3.8 meter dish is largely a prime focus/C band dish. The following materials can be used to build a 3 meters dish: metal/steel, mesh or fibre.
3. 1***-meter Dish( That is 1-meter to 1.8meter)
The 1-meter dish is the overall most popular dish after the normal 90cm dish. It is now becoming the standard of smaller dishes. Despite the insignificant difference in size, a 1-meter dish holds a huge advantage over a 90cm dish with respect to the numbers of satellite tv channels it can receive at once.
It is also worthy of note that, we also have 2.0 to 2.8meter dish. It is, however, becoming more difficult to receive meaningful Hotbird channels with any dish lesser than 3meters in Nigeria. Many paytv companies now sell their decoders with a 1-meter dish. Example of such is startimes, consat and mytv.
4. A 90CM dish Antenna
The 90 cm dish is not the overall smallest, however, it pride itself has the standard. Many pay-TV companies in Africa are still using this dish size but i believe they will soon upgrade to a 1-meter dish at the very least. The most popular pay-TV company currently using this dish is DStv.
In addition, the dish can track any satellite tv channels receivable in Africa. Such satellite packages include Eutelsat 7.0e(known as Malagasy), Eutelsat 36.0E(known as DStv), Amos 5 17.0e(also called daarsat), Arab2ab 28.0E(also called multi tv), NSS7 22.oW(also called canalafrique) and a host of others.
5. 60CM DISH
MAJOR TYPES OF LNBFs
We have two major types of LNBF, the first one is C-Band LNBF and the second is K-band LNBF. Ku band is now the most popular as it supports all Ku frequencies. Obviously, we have more Ku band channels on small dishes compared to big ones. It is extremely difficult to get C-band packages on a 90-CM dish or smaller.
Examples of satellite tv packages that can use a KU Band LNB is: DStv on 36E, 16E, 22W, TStv Africa on 45e, Nigcomsat on 42.5e and so on. C Band LNBfs works best on big satellite dishes. Popular satellite using C band includes Nilesat, Sony packages, Hotbird C and so on.