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Build Your Own Free-to-Air (FTA) Satellite TV System [Kindle Edition]

Dennis C. Brewer
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Replace or expand your paid TV services with Free-to-Air television programming with ease. Build Your Own Free-to-Air (FTA) Satellite TV System shows how to affordably put together your own subscription-free home entertainment center from start to finish.

Find out how to choose the right components, set up a satellite dish and receiver, fine-tune reception, add local over-the-air stations, and go mobile with your FTA TV system. You'll get full details on recording to the latest digital devices, installing a TV card in your PC, viewing video over the Internet, and integrating theater-quality audio. Photos and diagrams illustrate each step along the way. Comprehensive lists of technical terms and definitions, available channels and satellites, and dish-aiming steps are also included in this practical guide.


  • Equipment, component, and tool selection
  • Satellite dish and FTA receiver installation
  • Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 sound
  • Dish alignment and synchronization
  • Local over-the-air channel reception
  • Video over the Internet and movies on demand
  • DVD players, DVRs, PCs, and VCRs
  • Mobile, RV, and remote Free-to-Air TV

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Dennis C. Brewer is a Novell Certified Network Engineer and IT solutions specialist with more than 14 years of experience in field. He has authored several books as well as enterprise-level IT and telecommunications policies, procedures, and standards currently in use by the State of Michigan.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the complete novice. 13 Aug. 2014
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Only a small amount of information was relevant to what I was specifically looking for.
This book would be perfect for anyone keen on DIY, as it contains detailed and clear explanations along with author's advice.
For me, however, I did not get a lot out of this book. As a construction worker, I did not find the chapter on tools to be necessary.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a helpfull publication for me 10 Jun. 2013
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I do/did not need to know how to assemble and locate and position a satillite dish. I had already done that. Expected the publication to explain more technical deatails such as - USALS & DiSEqc etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for DIY people who don't want cable 14 Jan. 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on
First a quick definition- Free-to-air satellite transmissions are transmissions that you don't have to pay a subscriber fee. The satellites transmit the stations, sometimes encoded, but frequently not, so if you have a dish that's positioned correctly, you can pick up those stations. You pick up those stations with a satellite dish. While you can certainly have a dish system installed that you pay a monthly fee for, this book is about building your own system to pick up free signals.

My husband is a tinkerer who has been messing with building antennas for years. FTA satellite antennas were the obvious next step.

This well written manual is written for non-experts and hobbyists who are just getting interested in building home satellite television systems. The language is very clear and defines the technical jargon in easily understandable ways.

You learn how to set up anything from a small dish or if your budget and area zoning allows, a 6 foot dish.

A resource list allows you to find the materials needed to build your dish, and sites that will help you position your dish according to location.

The book also explains about how satellite transmissions work, going into the science in a clear way.

There is also information on setting up surround sound for the best satellite television experience possible.

I'm really impressed with how well it covers the subject matter without becoming too dry to read. It's laid out in such a way that it's easy to find what you need to go back over while your building your system.

In a world where a lot of people think they have to have cable or a paid satellite service just to get basic channels, this opens up a lot of possibilities in finding free transmissions for a one time cost. If you're in an area where cable is not an option, or you don't need premium cable stations, this is a great alternative.

My husband was completely inspired by it. Our neighborhood will NOT allow a 6 ft dish, despite how much he wants one now.

If you're like my husband, or you know someone who is as interested in such projects, I really recommend this book.

We don't have cable, at first, it wasn't an option for our neighborhood. Now that it is, it's something we've found we can live without. So this is a good, less expensive option for us. It costs less to set up a basic system than cable does for a year.

[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete waste of time and money, but close 29 Nov. 2012
By M. S. Jordan - Published on
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Book is long on talk, short on concrete information and examples. References are dated and of little help. On the plus side the book does give you a broad brush look at what potential lies in a satellite system.
Unfortunately the book does not provide enough information for a novice or even mid-tech person to build your own system.

I recommend a pass or see if your local library might have one
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars build your own free-to-air (FTA Satellite TV System 29 April 2012
By baomike - Published on
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Not much useful information. If you are a complete beginner, and don't know a phillips screwdriver from a Torx , then maybe.
I also didn't buy it to install a dish on my motorhome. Not much technical data. I thought it might have data on sizing a dish for various locations, based on radiation foot prints , etc. ... It Didn't. Google is far more informative than this book.

NB:"Be detailed and specific." This book is not worth that much effort.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very understandable and well explained. I highly recommend it. 25 Sept. 2013
By Fer Or - Published on
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I wanted to learn about FTA and evaluate then the possibilities / advantages to start in that line. As an ignorant of this subject I was looking for a book that could explain in plain English what is all about FTA. This book fulfilled my expectations and convinced me to join into this hobbie.
Thank you Dennis!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too little satellite dish and receiver info. 4 Mar. 2013
By Chris - Published on
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There was a lot of introductory tech material on tools, cables, tv's etc. but only two chapters on what I bought the book for. I skimmed all but the receiver discussion and still felt lost shopping for one. I put up my own BUD and did analog C-band in the 90's but it is all quite different now.
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