C Band requires the use of a rather large satellite dish. :iagree:
That Arirang World channel is indeed Free to Air, which means you donâ€™t pay for a subscription to receive it. All the channels in that light beige colour are free to air. The deeper tan colour channels are encrypted and cannot be tuned in without a suitable decoder and subscription. The "PowerVu" encrypted channels are only for re-distribution (e.g. to cable networks), which means there is no way to pick them up from satellite at all.
Before considering a C Band dish, first check if you can pick up an adequate signal in your area as this way youâ€™ll know what size dish you need. The following link shows a coverage map. Check which EIRP ring # youâ€™re inside and look at the table on the right:
The bigger the dish, the better the signal gain. Itâ€™s also worth checking which other satellite points you may be interested in. A fixed-point satellite dish will pick up channels from a single satellite location, which is ideal if youâ€™re only interested in picking up channels from this satellite (i.e. 58.0Â°W). A polar mount satellite dish with an actuator (motor) and a suitable satellite receiver will pick up all the satellites across the sky you have line of sight with, where those satellite channels (transponders) provide strong enough coverage in your area for your size of dish. Most C Band channels have a frequency range of 3.6GHz to 4.2GHz, which can only be picked up with a C Band LNB. KU-Band channels have a frequency range of 10.7GHz to 12.75GHz and can only be picked up by a full range KU-Band LNB.
For other satellites, have a look at the satellites from ~40Â°W to ~127Â°W (assuming you live in the US). Any channels that are a light beige colour are free-to-air and do not require a subscription to view. To check if that satellite transponder provides sufficient signal in your area, click on the beam link to the right of the channel (2nd column from the right) and youâ€™ll see the coverage map. Click the channel name (if clickable) to view the channelâ€™s website. If the website is in English, then the channel will likely be also:
Make sure you have clear sight of the sky, especially if you are interested in a motorised satellite dish. For a very large dish, youâ€™ll also need plenty of space where you plan installing it. Of course, another thing to watch out for is whether there is any restriction on installing such a large dish in your area. For example, in the UK, planning permission is required to install any dish over 90cm (3 feet) in diameter.
The following gives an idea of what a 5 foot dish (~1.6m) size looks like next to me (Iâ€™m just over 6 foot tall):
They are nicknamed â€œBig Ugly Dishâ€ for a reason.
Generally a C Band dish is made of mesh to reduce costs and weight. For KU band, a solid dish provides better gain. If you plan on picking up KU band reception also, youâ€™ll need a suitable feed-horn for the dish capable of taking both KU band and C band LNBs as well as a receiver with inputs for both.
Finally, those big dishes are not cheap to purchase either and will take a bit of time to set up, especially for a motorised dish. A heavy duty ground mount is also critical, as large dishes catch a lot of wind.
As I only have experience with KU band reception, I would strongly recommend speaking to someone experienced with setting up C band dishes and to also find out what equipment youâ€™ll need and where would be the best place to get it.
Youâ€™ll likely need the following (from my reading around for C Band-only reception):
- Suitable size C Band satellite dish (with polar mount if you want it motorised)
- For motorised dish: A suitable size actuator & sensor
- C-band LNB (a few come complete with feed horn to reduce cost)
- Feed horn (for C Band LNB on its own)
- C-band satellite receiver (some receivers are intended for fixed-point only reception).
- suitable length of satellite grade coaxial cable and F connectors for each end.
This online store will give an idea of pricing. As I don't live in the US, I'm unable to recommend any particular shop.