On Wednesday, January 10th 2018, the Delaware Valley Radio Association monthly meeting will feature a presentation on “Introduction to Ku Band free to air Satellite (FTA)” by Mario Filippi, N2HUN.
Free to Air satellite (FTA) is an esoteric (even to us hams) system of receiving TV and radio stations from around the globe using a minimum 30 inch (Ku band) diameter dish and is completely legal for anyone to enjoy. Programs from North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Cuba, and the Middle East are being broadcast 24/7 mainly to expatriates around the world for them to keep in touch with home. An FTA system consists of a dish, LNB (Low-Noise Block amplifier), STB (Set Top Box, that is, a receiver), coax, TV set and a obstruction-free view of the sky. Anyone who’s interested in news, sports, history, kiddie shows and the arts from around the world can set up an FTA system, and Mario will show you how.
Mario Filippi, N2HUN (ex. WB2JII, N3CXK) has been a ham/SWL for over 40 years and monitors anything from DC to daylight. He has written articles for Monitoring Times, The Spectrum Monitor, TeleAudiovision, MAKE magazine, RadioWorld, and several radio-related blogs such as RTL-SDR.com and The SWL Post. He lives in Ringoes, NJ with a very radio-tolerant XYL, Edith and human-intolerant cat Little Miss.
Open to both members and non-members. Feel free to join for all or part of the meeting.
- Combined Directors/Business Meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 PM
- Social/refreshment period from 7:30 to 8:00 PM
- Featured talk at 8:00 PM