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09-17-2009 06:13 PM #1
6ft Channel Master dish questions
I went to take a look at a dish today that a guy is wanting to get rid of. Here's the details and I am hoping to hear what you guys think of it.
Didn't get a pic, but the dish other than being dirty looks in good shape. Things I figure I would have to replace are the lnbf and the actuator. All mounting hardware looks in good shape and would look new with just a little love and a grinder.
Is this a good dish? (no such thing as a bad free dish I know). Also, what is the typical depth for a 6ft dish mounting pole to be sunk to? It's in a concrete base obviously and the current owner wants to remove that if possible and I'd like to help him know what hes looking at for removal.The angels have the phone box.
09-17-2009 07:14 PM #2
Channel Master makes good stuff, all things being equal, it ought to be a good one, but I don't know about how fine the mesh is that's inside the glass and gel coat. If the mesh is too large, it won't give satisfactory KU performance. I would count on that pole being 3' in the ground. I usually dig them up with the concrete, haul them home, then set the pole with the concrete ball attached if I can. Sometimes an installer got carried away and set the pole with a huge ball of concrete. I carry a 10 pound sledge for those occasions, putting the broken pieces back down the hole. So, bottom line, this would make you a terrible dish: Where did you say it was? Heh, heh, heh.
09-17-2009 07:54 PM #3
Well, KU performance is not my main concern (have 3 dishes for Ku now) and I have been looking for a dish to use for C-band. If I get anything bigger than 6 foot, it'll be put in storage until we move to where we have more land.
Other than it being dirty which should clean up pretty easily, it looks pretty good. All sections line up, no noticeable defects at all. Guy just emailed me too, said he has a couple of the "boxes" that were connected to it that I can have also. Whoo!
I've just never dealt with a fiberglass dish, so are there any other things I should be looking for concerning this type of dish?The angels have the phone box.
09-17-2009 08:06 PM #4
I didn't know Channel Master made a 6' four-section fiberglass dish.
There are pictures of an 8' model in McGuyver's photo gallery.
You can look up the thread where he talked about refurbishing that dish, and maybe get some tips.
His was in pretty bad shape, and he fully restored it.
In my signature, there's a link about getting my Birdview dish.
I dug out the pole, knocked off the cement and hauled it home.
That was in the morning.
That afternoon, I took out the other dish in the sig, and I sure wasn't in any mood to dig out that concrete!
Once in a lifetime was enough!
However, if you have no other source of a proper pole, by all means do get it.
09-17-2009 08:23 PM #5
Unless I grossly mis-judged the size (boy I would feel dumb, but then elated that it's an 8 footer instead). It wasn't directly at ground level, but just estimating by arm span, the sections appear to be a little over 4 1/2 feet around the perimeter, making it close to 19feet in total circumference.
It's got the channel master logo/plate in the center and looks very similar to the photo's mcguyver has, just the back side is slightly different, but the mount looks the same.The angels have the phone box.
09-17-2009 09:54 PM #6
I don't think they made one