The “Grey Nomad’s”
Guide to Satellite Dish
Compiled and written by
Ronald H Tew
The Wandering Tews
Issue 4, 12th April 2008
Web site: www.wanderingtews.com
About this Document.
It is hopeful that this document may give an idea of setting up a Satellite dish to receive
‘OPTUS C1’ signals. It will also give some information on activating an Aurora Smartcard.
My Satellite History.
I used the following procedure to set up my satellite dish and have had no trouble at all in
getting a signal.
I have a web site, www.wanderingtews.com, on which this document and other normal TV
reception information is available for free download. See the TV Reception page on the site.
Feedback on this information would be greatly appreciated, contact me via the web site.
Purchasing a Satellite system.
I am not going to make any recommendation for any system, as I found that most pre-
configured systems had some bad points, eg cost or some equipment I was not happy with, then
I was also a novice. I basically bought parts to configure my own system, but I appreciate not
all have the technical experience to be able to do that. It may be taking a bit of a chance with
which ever system is purchased, but I do stress that there might not be anything wrong with any
system that is on the market for the average user.
It must be stressed at this point that there are a few things and points of information you
must obtain from the place of purchase.
• They must provide all leads and tuning meter.
• Get all information about getting an Aurora smartcard so one can receive coded
transmissions, not all normal free to air channels are readily accessible. (The test channel
on Optus C1 gives details on where to purchase a card if not supplied.)
• Find out from them how one goes about getting access to coded transmissions (activating
the Smartcard), fax forms could be required. Bearing in mind that the procedure is
different for receiving channels for WA than it is for the re