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Flat Antenna Replaces DBS Dishes

SelfSat has announced a new flat-panel antenna that it claims can replace existing Ku-band/DBS antennas.

The SelfSat H21D Flat Antenna works from 10.7-12.75 GHz and includes an LNB and switchable polarization. The size is 475x258x74 mm (19x10x3 inches). The rectangular shape and thin size should make it easier to hide. The antenna will sell in the United Kingdom for approximately £150 pounds (almost US$300). In the United States, FCC rules prohibit restrictions on TV and satellite antennas (under 1 m in size), with some limits. Other countries do not have the same protection and in the United States many homeowners do not want to cause problems with neighbors even if their antenna is protected by law.

While all the stories I saw on the antenna referred to the U.K or Europe, SelfSat has a U.S. office so the antenna may be offered here as well.

The gain, specified as 35 dBi at 12.7 GHz, is roughly equivalent to a 20-inch (50 cm) dish antenna. If true, this antenna should work as well or better than a standard 18-inch DBS antenna without being as conspicuous.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.