FTA Systems

FTA Systems

FTA is Free to Air. It iIs a way to get channels for free via a satellite dish. Initially my thinking was this would be a great solution, just grab an old Direct TV or Dish off Craigslist and set that up, I then found out that the smallest dish useful would be around 30 inches. I am not sure the size of satellite dishes for Direct TV or Dish TV but my guess is somewhere around the 18 inch mark. This would be a good solution for those that live way outside a large town or those that have a clear line of sight to the sky but are in a region with obstacles are in the way of a TV broadcast tower. In addition to a 30”+ satellite you also need to get a FTA decoder box. These can be found in many places but, as an FTA Setupexample for 328$ you can buy the receiver and satellite from Amazon. This would include a 76 cm satellite dish or 29.92 in inches. I read a book regarding this technology and it said that an old saying was “bigger is better” but the book said this was wrong and “big enough is necessary” The information I got says for C-Band signals you will need a 10 foot dish and for the KU-band you will need a 30inch dish. As a starting point I would suggest YouTube and/or http://www.geosats.com/freetoair.html This is a system that I lack familiarity with, but I have to imagine in middle America where the land is flat and the large cities are spread a good distance away this may be a good solution.