Earlier in the week I had posted the featured image with the Inverto Ultra LNB on top of three other LNBs, with the question. What would you like to know about the following LNB’s. The on the on top is the Single Inverto Black Ultra LNB and the ones below are Stargold SG 100-I.
Lets start with the StarGold SG 100-I, which is the cheapest performance LNB in the market. From experience I have used the Eurostar Gold+, Eurostar P8 – II and Discovery LNB which were outperformed by the Stargold SG100-I. The 90cm dish was pointed at Eutelsat7WA/Nilesat 201 while conducting the experiment. While all the other LNBs received the weakest transponder 11977 V 27500 which hosts CNN with scratches, the Stargold SG 100-I stabilized the signal with some tweaking. But when it rains the Stargold LNB has its weakness of not having stabilizing capabilities and that’s why its recommended to use the Inverto Ultra LNB for fringe satellite reception. Its the reason its on top of the other three LNBs in the photo. The Stargold LNBs cost roughly the same, Ksh400 in most shops.
Kassim asked the question on facebook, which one of these is better on weak signals. The answer is the Inverto Black Ultra LNB, the Stargold 100-I LNB is better used for other satellites with stronger signals like Eutelsat 70B, Intelsat 20, NSS12,Eutelsat 36B, Amos5, SES5 Eutelsat 7A and lastly SES4. Of course we are talking about the beams/footprints that are meant to be received in Sub Saharan Africa only. Azenga also notified us not to confuse Starlife and Stargold because the shape of the LNB and the colours on the box are exactly the same. The only difference is that one is named Stargold and the other Starlife.
Inverto Black Ultra LNB
Fringe satellite reception is receiving satellites that are not meant to be received in your location. For example Nilesat @ 7deg West is supposed to be received in the Middle East and Northern Africa region (MENA) but Kamau somewhere in the outskirts of Nairobi can receive it but with some problems. First he had to buy a 130cm dish in order to collect as many waves as possible and on top of than an Inverto Black Ultra LNB to stabilize the signals in case of any rain or heavy cloud cover. He also had to have a dish mounting arm made by his local welder and spend a considerable amount of time to install everything.
The Inverto Ultra LNB is made to perform well when hunting fringe satelletite reception, it also has a very low noise figure (0.2dB) that makes its performance superior to all other LNBs. The other great thing about the this LNB is that it has a very long neck, 68.5mm to be precise that makes LNB tweaking that much easier. Notice that the Stargold SG 100-I also has a long neck but not as long as the inverto LNB we are talking about.
How much does the Inverto Ultra cost and where do I get it
This question was fro Curtis Kondi. At the moment you can only buy the Inverto Black ultra from Riwara Electronics in Nairobi. I will not specify the price because it seems to change according to availability and year. I remember in 2013 the same LNB used to cost Ksh1500 but it was bargain able to Ksh1200. Nowadays there are reports of guys buying the same LNB for much as Ksh2000 or even Ksh2500. I don’t know if the situation is the same in Mombasa or the other countries like our neigbours in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi or Sudan.
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