Its only the Pace 2600C1 that is outstanding in a weak signal area. Plenty of other Pace boxes like their Current model DS445N are not very good at all in weak signal areas. In Cyprus it really is essential that he gets that Pace 2600 box secondhand if he wants reception on all channels most of the time.
See especially www.uk-satellite-tv.co.uk/digibox.html
and the comments there about in Cyprus only consider the Pace 2600C1
Also see www.satseekers.net/pace2600.html
- make sure you get a Pace 2600C1 and not a Pace DS430N which looks the same.
There are a couple for sale on Ebay at the moment. The people who have electronics shops and claim to refurbish them (but probably don't) charge stupid money like £180. But on Ebay you should get one for £50 or so + delivery. Make sure to choose a sellere with good feedback and pay via Paypal. Also ask if the EPG software is updated to the latest 3.5.3. version as if the box has been in store for a long time there can then be major issues bringing the software up to date. If it has been used every day by a seller upgrading to Sky+ it should be fine.
If your father doesn't get a Pace 2600C1 in Cyprus he will find at certain times of day or year he loses large blocks of channels on particular satellite transponders that are weak and become harder to get in certain weather and atmospheric conditions.
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