Hi guys, wondered if I could trouble some of you more experienced users. Complete newcomer to all this and have also just had a double spinal fusion, so please be gentle with me Have done moderate reading on satellite in general, so might not be as useless as I think I am.

Anyway, here goes. Have just bought and had installed a Manhattan ST 500, Jaeger 99G motor, 90cm triax dish etc and am wondering what patching does, the benefits of it, and the method behind it. I realise that this will have been asked a thousand times already, and I am not sure if I am even asking this question in the correct section. As I mentioned, I am a newcomer and not proficient with how the forum works yet. If I am in the wrong section, please excuse me. Any help would be great.