NEWS AND VIEWS November 15, 2007
Mike and Laurel Kohl
S-9141 State Road 23
Plain, Wisconsin 53577-9612
November 15, 2007
We're late this issue, and make no excuses---other than a lot of things have been going on around here that have been directly or otherwise caused by the storm and other weather damage inflicted on us in August.
So much for the hope that we would get a column out in time---but these have been unusual circumstances.
Yesterday we were able to say that the entire roof of the original sections of our house has been completely re-shingled and repaired. An outstanding job by a local contractor, who had some serious challenges fixing the mess that time and Mother Nature had inflicted on the roof surface. You really don't want to know about the hidden surprises that had to be repaired under the shingles. Contractors sometimes take shortcuts and when they are dead and gone there's nothing you can do but deal with the consequences decades later.
The same day saw our telephone lines buried properly before the onset of winter, which has got to be just around the corner. No more Hughes Net, who we told to take a hike, and needed a dedicated dialup line to access the transmit side of our one way high speed satellite receive system, which we are very pleased with. The company putting together this arrangement is still in the process of fine tuning and reorganizing, so nothing to sell or otherwise share with you about the service at this time.
We have been negotiating for many weeks to enable some cooperation with the largest retailer of satellite equipment in the United States; Skyvision in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. They have allowed us to sell anything in their catalog, and drop ship those items from their Minnesota facility, at the same prices listed on their website or in the printed Skyvision catalog. This provides us with a much deeper access to many parts that are otherwise unavailable from other sources. Among the most notable items now available is the DSR-410 Digicipher 2 subscription receiver, at 129.95 plus 24.00 shipping and handling in the U.S. Lower 48. This is a pre-owned and tested receiver with a 90-day Skyvision warranty, that allows consumers to subscribe to a number of channels using a 30 to 36 inch offset Ku-band antenna pointed at the 99 West satellite otherwise known in 4DTV circles as "X-4". Many channels have left C-band analog and are now transmitting in the Motorola DC 2 format via the HITS (Headend In The Sky) digital system. Endless negotiations by Skyvision and Satellite Receivers Ltd. have created a unique package of programming available for sale only to purchasers of the SKYVISION DSR-410 receiver. Basic packages start at 19.95 per month (18.50 per month when purchased a year at a time), and include a number of cable channels that you should recognize, as well as a few new ones. An upgraded package goes for another 10 dollars and provides a number of channels that will either complement or otherwise replace your existing cable or satellite service. Movie channels including HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Starz, and Encore are also available and can be received trouble-free with the DSR-410 receiver pointed at one fixed point in the sky with a reasonably sized Ku-band antenna. See this LINK for details on the programming packages. Receivers can be purchased alone, or with an economical offset antenna shipped from the Skyvision facility. We also have other antennas available for specialized situations that can be offered upon request. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Our Friday night radio show on the WOKIE Network has been and will continue to move around due to changes at the uplink end. A temporary berth on analog transponder 7 vertical, on 93 West (Galaxy 26) now finds us on 6.20 and/or 6.80 subcarriers. The previous home on transponder 1 is now gone, as that channel is no longer transmitted on C-band. Transponder 7 will follow that route shortly, and arrangements are in the works to find a new home, hopefully using Ku-band space on 97 West / Galaxy 25, which will allow use of MPEG-2 free to air receivers and 30 to 36 inch offset antennas. Show time is at 9 pm Central, Friday nights for an hour, with Tom and Darryl, where we will skewer appropriate targets and touch on news of the satellite industry as it happens.
Until next time,