Guide to Satellite TV

Guide to Satellite TV

4th Edition - August 21, 1997

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  • Author: D.J. Stephenson
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750634755

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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.

Key Features

  • Practical guide without excessive maths or theory
  • Written by a practicing video/satellite TV repair engineer
  • Provides all the necessary info to install and maintain Satellite TV systems


Satellite TV installers, servicers and enthusiasts; aerial riggers; TV engineers and technicians; manufacturers, students

Table of Contents

  • Overview of satellite TV
    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 1997
  • Published: August 21, 1997
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750634755

About the Author

D.J. Stephenson

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Industrial Science, Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK

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