Guide to Satellite TV


  • D.J. Stephenson, School of Industrial Science, Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK

Newnes Guide to Satellite TV is a practical guide, to the installation and servicing of satellite TV receiving equipment. Derek Stephenson provides all the essential background information without weighing it down with excessive theory or mathematics, and covers the practice of installation and servicing with clear step-by-step guidance. Essential data tables and numerous diagrams are included throughout.This book meets the practical need between theoretical textbook and simple installation guide. The work includes topics such as digital TV, including MPEG-2, reception requirements, LNB requirements, digital link budget extensions, and a new section on squinting antennas.The Guide has always been known for the practical nature of the information it contains, such as the control of problems involving 'sparklies', trees, rain and vandals (solved by the now famous 'two drunks high' dish mounting rule). The result is a text which provides the necessary information to specify, install and maintain both fixed and polar mount antenna systems along with small IF distribution systems for small blocks of flats and hotels. Derek Stephenson is a practising video/satellite TV repair engineer and the author of Satmaster Pro, a leading Windows-based software package for satellite TV.
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Satellite TV installers, servicers and enthusiasts; aerial riggers; TV engineers and technicians; manufacturers, students


Book information

  • Published: August 1997
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-3475-5


Reviews of previous editions: 'Takes you through all you need to know in an easy-to-follow manner.' Television 'Set to become the industry standard and will no doubt see extensive service on college courses.' Electronic Informer 'Beefy, practical and relatively cheap - very good solid value for money for DIY types, dish-riggers, technicians and sales people.' What Satellite

Table of Contents

Overview of satellite TV; Antennae; Head units, cables, line amplifiers and connectors; Satellite receivers; The link budget calculation; Installation: surveying the receiving site; Installation: antenna mounting and cabling; Installation: antenna alignment and wiring; Installation: indoor work; Repair of satellite equipment; Appendices; Index