Dec 14, 2013, 7:40 PM
I know the elliptical 75 dish works as far south as Belize, Central America, but it suffers some signal loss in rain, that I know from reports from Shaw subscribers down there.
So, like mentioned above, you could go easy with setting up a system with the 75e dish, maybe sacrificing some signal loss in moderate to heavy rains, if you go this way you can forget about working with aligning 2 separate dishes, getting the right lnbs and right switch.
The other option you have is to use your 2 large dishes, to point each one to one sat. The advantage of this option is that you have a smaller chance of losing signal in rain.
Since I understand you used those 2 large dishes with a Dish Network setup, I have to mention, the following, and I´m talking also from my experience of converting a 2 dish Disih Network system to a Shaw Direct setup.
Sure you can point 1 dish to 107 the other one to 111w.
Please note the lnbs (circular) that you used for Dish network are not useful with Shaw which requires standard Ku lnbs.
Shaw direct uses a 22khz switch tone, which means that using the 2 separate large dish setup, you need a 22khz switch, to combine both signals to your receiver. (Not sure if you´ve mentioned if you have the receiver already, and/or what model).
I used to have a SW21 switch for dish network, I toyed around with it when I converted my dish setup to Shaw, and I learned that Dish systems use different switches than Shaw, therefore your dp34 dish switch won´t work with Shaw.
I can recommend a couple of 22khz switches, in my current Shaw setup with 2 separate large dishes I use an Ecoda 22khz switch, (I mentioned this in the other forum).
I see you can buy a 75e dish in Canada for about $140-150 Canadian. You would need the dish with quad lnbs. If you get the dish with the XKu lnbs (extended Ku lnbs) that could cause problems since the signal for Anik G1 does not cover Mexico.
Consider that if you have this sent via courier you´d have to add shipping and custom tax (estimate about 16% for custom tax on the value of the goods plus shipment cost). In my experience some courier companies will charge the customs tax only on the value of the goods without including the shipping cost, according to Mexican customs law the tax should be calculated on the total of the goods value AND the shipping cost, (I had this experience with Fedex only charging it on the goods and not the shipping cost).
I´m estimating that this option would be cheaper than the $450 you mention that local dealers are charging for a used dish ?¡
If you have this sent it via mail, you have up to $300 US Dollars custom tax free exemption. Although this option of course would take more time especially around this beautiful time of the year. If you use the mail option you want to use registered mail (the USPS priority mail Canadian equivalent should work).
Since you already have the large dishes, I´d say bigger is better, especially during rainy days.