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03-17-2009 08:45 PM #1
Went to pick up another BUD today
Freecycle has treated me well. I put up a request a couple of weeks ago and ended up with two dishes. I went to pick up the second today. I didn't have any pictures and the only info I had was that it came with the "box thingy" and was 6 foot. Well, it did come with the receiver but it was not 6 foot. Unfortunately, I was in my minivan and was unable to fit the dish inside so I have to go back this weekend to retrieve it.
This was a bit of a pain to get by myself. After taking it apart and removing the bracket from the pole, I tried to twist the outer pole to loosen it up. After just about giving myself a hernia, I finally found the 3 bolts at the very bottom of the pole, below ground level.
This thing wore me out. As far as the receiver is concerned, should I bother with it or would I be better off buying something a little more...modern?
03-17-2009 09:54 PM #2
The dish looks like in great shape for its age. The LNB and receiver are way too old and worthless (unless there is a collector who wants an old analog receivers for a museum or something).
The actuator might still work. You may want to take it a part, clean it up, grease it, then try it.
03-18-2009 12:16 AM #3
In my thread on the AMCI perforated dish, someone commented that it looked like a Channel Master at their local TV station.
Mine has a strong resemblance in the rolled edge of the perforated aluminum dish.
However, I take it that yours comes apart in two or four pieces?
Mine has a welded seam across it, but it totally one piece.
And I'm 8' 1" measured across the crest of the dish, on the front.
You were not clear, but I thought you said yours was -not- six foot as advertized.
Your mount has a strong resemblance to this one, recently discussed and rebuilt by jamie1969.
The minute I saw your first picture, I did think: Channel Master.
That was just based on the shape of the LNB support arms.
See similar ones in the photo gallery of McGuyver.
And for more info on refurbishing his dish, search on thread-starts with his name.
I'm blown away by the beauty of that gem! - - Congratulations. -
Let's hope some of our satellite gurus come up with more info on it.
And as you get into the project, show us more pictures.
03-18-2009 03:33 AM #4
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No, it wasn't six foot. I haven't measured it and I'm not too good at eyeballing these things as of yet, but it looked to be about 10 ft, based on the size of a section that I had stood up next to me (I'm 6,2). I'm not positive on that though.
The dish itself was in very good condition. Of course, it's obviously a much more rigid construction than my current mesh 6 footer.
It unbolts into 4 section and came apart quite easily. I didn't have to use any PB blaster on this one. In fact, there was hardly any rust at all on the bolts. They looked a lot newer than the mount. Unfortunately, I did have to break the edges of the center plastic piece to get it off. It was held on by 4 cheap screws and they had rusted so badly on both ends that I couldn't get them off. The good part was that the plastic was so brittle that I only had to break it a little at the edge and it won't be very noticeable when reassembled.
I'm excited to get this one home and up and running.
O.k. now I'm rambling. Time for bed!
03-18-2009 05:36 AM #5
Another nice find, you lucky dog!
03-18-2009 06:29 AM #6
on reassamble of it just keep note of the 4-angle brackets that bolt to the square back frame an then to the dish, (that is for you're declinalation) seen lots of people mess up with this part of a install of that dish. 2-angles same size, 1 short, an 1-long.