posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 06:04 PM
Who needs the MSM to get the news? Nobody!
In this thread, I'll cover a subject that no media outlet or broadcasting company who sells what you watch has, or ever will advertise. FREE TO AIR
The reason this is being posted in the survival forums, is because it can actually be part of your bug out kit, or part of your daily life. You don't
need cable companies, or wires, or monthly fees to see important news...period.
I know just how insatiable an appetite ATS'ers have for news. We want it now, and we want the whole story.
With just a couple things, you can actually watch live news-feeds as they're being transmitted to your local stations, straight from news vans and
other sources. These signals are unencrypted, totally free, and absolutely legal to watch...period.
As well as live feeds, you can get news from all over the world, in hundreds of languages...again, for free. Want everybody's (usually bias) view of
world events, and both sides of any story? Well now you can have it, all for the cost of the equipment.
Aljazeera, PressTV, Russia Today, and thousands upon thousands of other channels are available to watch for free, not just what your local cable
company or dish outfit wants to sell you.
Today, for instance, (9-12-09) there's a huge gathering (of Tea Party patriots) in Washington D.C. All afternoon I've been watching it live, from
the podium and can hear all of the speeches and see the crowds in real time. Most of the corporately controlled media hardly even gives it a mention,
yet I'm watching it as if I was there.
Here is a short story of my first FTA experiences, and a few other examples of what you can expect to see. Further on, I'll list exactly what you
need to get the most out of your FTA box.
About 10 years ago, a friend of mine was doing a remodel for a man and his wife who happened to be DEA agents. Along with remodeling their home, they
were also upgrading their satellite system. Somehow they got to talking about computers and my friend mentioned that he knew a computer nut...(me).
The agent says, “Here, give this to your buddy, he'll know what to do with it.” What he gave him, was a 30” solid satellite dish and an old
school universal satellite receiver. The truth is I had no idea, so I got on the net and learned how to use it. I also had no idea such a thing even
existed, and thought you had to have a “Dish Network” or “Direct TV” type receiver, as well as a paid subscription.
The box he gave me didn't have the capability to blindly scan a satellite, so you had to have all the frequencies of the transponders and channels
that were being broadcast, so it was kind of a pain in the butt to use, but hey, it worked!
The first time I got it going, I got a list of transponders and channels from a website, got my dish pointed at the right satellite, and BAM, I was
watching a live feed on my TV! Man, was I exited... I just LOVE gadgets!
The very first picture I ever got was Rush Limbaugh sitting at a table, with a big fat stogy hanging out of his mouth. (Easy Dems, I'm just telling
you how it went) He realized that they were about to go on air, so he chucked it as fast as he could. Now I was really happy, this was too cool.
I decided to check the next channel, and the camera was pointed at the guy interviewing Rush. Then I checked the third channel, which had both Rush
and his interviewer in the shot. A fourth had a wider shot and you could see them as well as the golf course their table was setup at.
A couple days later, the Grammys were going on, and just like the Rush interview, each camera had its own feed and channel. One camera appeared as if
someone set it on a chair, half crooked, still transmitting with full audio. I caught several more live feeds and I was hooked!
Since then, I invested in a motor for my dish and a new satellite receiver, so now I can “blind” scan any satellite my dish can see from the
comfort of my couch, with the remote, without having to know all the frequencies. The motor gets its power straight from the box via the coax, so
there's no need to install any sort of electrical whatsoever at your dish.
Here are the things you need:
1.An FTA receiver:
You can Google “FTA receivers” and get lots of information on them, as well as local vendor information from their websites. They typically cost
between $150-$250 and can be purchased on-line as well.
2.A 30” satellite dish:
I'm still using the one I was given, but I think they can be purchased new for under $100, check your local satellite shop.
3. A low band (10750) LNB
Dish Network, Direct TV and other subscription types use a 11250 LNB, and many types and configurations are available. (dual, quad etc.)
For the most part, you only need a single, low band (10750) LNB and I'm sure those are available for under $50.
4.A Motor (optional)
The nice thing about having a motor, is that you can scan many satellites without manually adjusting your dish. They're all positioned along an arc,
and once you have your dish pointed and tuned in, that's it, you're done and rarely, if ever, will you have to readjust your dish. I purchased my HH
(Horizon to Horizon) motor for about $100.00.
That's it, thousands of channels with no monthly fees.
Sure it may cost a few bucks to get setup initially, but just look at the prices of today's subscription cable and satellite.
Here are a couple examples of more recent events:
The Israel – Palestine conflict: Live unedited footage complete with jump right out of your seat camera shaking explosion audio.
The L.A. Fires: Live helicopter and ground footage as well as live cameras from the command posts. The cameras were running 24/7 and would only shut
down when they went to refuel.
Car Chases: You get to watch the whole chase and not just the crash at the end.
Natural Disasters: Any time there's a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado etc., there's usually a live feed as soon as crews can get to those
Live and recorded news as it's being sent to the studios for editing: Basically any time a news crew in a news van has footage to upload or is
The list goes on and on, and the cameras put you right where the action is. It's funny sometimes to see how the reporters act like normal people,
swearing and doing their makeup etc. while waiting to do their live pieces. It really is like being there.
As I type this, looking through the feeds, I'm watching Obama trot down the steps from Air Force One, on his way to the presidential helicopter. You
really never know what you're going to get, and there's no programming guide.
The key to catching all the new stories, is to do a “blind” scan of satellites known to carry news feeds at the top of a news hour, as well as a
scan whenever you know there's a newsworthy event happening. A good site to get information on what satellites are carrying news-feeds is
If you decide this kind of thing is for you and need help getting your dish pointed in the right direction, feel free to U2U me. If any interest is
shown, maybe I can jot down a few tips. With a compass and a little patience, it really is no big deal.
Again, we're not talking about “black boxes”, stealing cable, or anything illegal. If you want local MSM news, PPV movies, or over-priced sheeple
programming, get a subscription.
(Just letting you know it's out there.)
Obviously, Ham Radio setups and the like would also prove extremely valuable in a bug-out situation, and we all know who is in charge of keeping
communications satellites where they're supposed to be, but you never know. My “umbrella stand” will be going wherever I do.