The SuperDISH antenna gives you the advantage of receiving more programming (such as HD, locals or international) using a single dish solution. The SuperDISH antenna features the ability to receive signals from three orbital locations: 110° and 119° in the DBS spectrum, and one orbital location in the FSS spectrum (either 105° or 121°). The DBS spectrum is the band of space our service looks at today, in the 12.2 to 12.7 GHz (“gigahertz”) range; the new FSS spectrum is 11.7 to 12.2 GHz. As of now locals broadcast from 105° and some International from 121°. HD channels will not require a SuperDISH as it is broadcast from 119°.
The Dish Reflector: The size/shape of the dish reflector used for SuperDISH is larger than the mostly-round 20” DISH 500 reflector – SuperDISH’s elliptical reflector is just under 36” wide by just over 20” tall.
Why it’s bigger: the DBS spectrum requires that satellite locations be separated by 9°. For example, orbital locations 110° and 119° are nine degrees apart. Since each satellite is 9° apart, the DBS satellites can broadcast their signal using higher power without interfering with each other. Because the DBS satellites broadcast with high power, we use a smaller dish reflector size to receive the signal: 18” to view one orbital location; 20” (DISH 500) for two orbital locations.
In the FSS spectrum, satellites are spaced only 2° apart. Because of that, satellites in the FSS spectrum are required to broadcast at a lower power – otherwise, they would interfere with each other. So, the dish reflector needs to be larger, to receive the signal from the lower power satellites in this spectrum, and to provide sufficient “signal rejection” from the 2° spaced neighbor satellites. The larger the reflector, the narrower it will focus the signal beam, providing better reception from a lower-power signal.
Reflector’s Mast and Foot: To accommodate the larger reflector, SuperDISH’s foot and mast design are slightly larger than DISH 500 dish antenna design. It uses a 2” mast. Also, this dish requires a more secure mounting surface than that required for DISH 500.
The SuperDISH LNBs typical LNBF (“Low Noise Block converter with integrated Feedhorn”) contains both the electronics to down-convert the DBS spectrum (12.2 GHz to 12.7 GHz) to the frequency range the receiver and cable can handle (950 to 2150 MHz), as well as the “eye” that receives the signal bounced off the dish reflector. The FSS LNB converts a different spectrum (11.7 GHz to 12.2 GHz) to the 950 to 2150 MHz frequency range.
FSS antennas are also built differently than what we’re used to – not only the size, as discussed above, but the FSS signal must be placed in the center of the dish reflector (also called the “bore sight”), which means the FSS LNB and feedhorn are in the center of the dish antenna. We had to specially design the full LNB/feedhorn assembly we’re using to fit the two DBS LNB/feedhorns PLUS the FSS LNB/feedhorn. For example, when focusing on the 121° FSS orbital location, the 119° LNB/feedhorn doesn’t have a lot of “space” to see its area “in space”. As a result, you will see two different options for the LNB/feedhorn assembly: one version for the 105° SuperDISH and another for the 121° version. There are also unique LNB assemblies for each dish reflector.
The Switch*: No matter which LNB assembly is used, a DP34 switch is used to connect the LNBs to the receivers. All DISH Pro rules still apply (e.g. max of three DP34 switches trunked together, RG-6 copper clad center conductor cable or better with a maximum distance of 200 feet from the LNB assembly to the furthest receivers, etc).
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*Legacy receivers (those without a DISH Pro logo) must use a DISH Pro Adapter to connect to the DP34 switch.
All DISHPro receivers (111, 311, 322, 522, 811, 921, 942, VIP622, 625, Vip211 ) have SuperDish support in their software.
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