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    ? about the Birdview Dish

    I believe I spotted a Birdview dish Friday night,and wanted to know how good are they with Dvb-s2 C-band and Ku-band. What signal's if any are you guys not able to pickup with it. The reason I ask is,if I get one it will have to be mounted about 9ft. in the air.And I would not want to do the work of putting it up,only to replace with a bigger dish later on. Sorry I have no pics of the dish I spotted but it had six rod's holding the lnb and cap, and the mount looked just like some of the pic's around here. Please any info,about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Birdview Dish. Thanks Long Hair

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    Have not used for Ku (yet) ...Hope to this week. But, when we sold them in the 80's and at that time two-degree spacing was a "new" issue, BV was good for that. It was also compatible with Ku which was relatively (consumer) new at that time.

    From the standpoint of longevity, and hardware-build, you've found the best. Again, you'll need to see what receiver it was used-with last. If its original BV equipment, you'll need to convert the drive to a reed-switch system, and upgrade the LNB, also. (a BV high block LNB will run C-band FTA and 4D receivers of today, however.)... there are some GREAT writeups on this on this site.

    If the last-used equipment is ANY other than birdview brand, hopefully the reed-switch system is working, and you'll be good to go from a "motor" standpoint. Search "birdview" on this site to see the reed-switch and magnetic-wheel setups needed to read on today's FTA and other receivers.

    On C-band FTA I'm loving the signal, even on an original BV LNB, by the way. (high block, 950-1450 mhz)

    Others here can address the Ku reception and feed-selections, and I, too will look forward to reading responses to your question, as my two BV dishes are scheduled for upgrades very soon for FTA on both bands.

    Congrats in advance if you're able to grab the dish!

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    Thanks for the reply radio.Hopefully some more satelliteguys with a birdview will chime in.
    Unknown 10ft. Mesh Button-hook dish with ADL RP3 C-ku,
    and
    A do it yourself 13v/18v to Servo controller . Gbox dish mover.
    905 4Dtv box, Openbox S9,DvbWorld pcie 2005 card,
    Pansat 3500sd and a 7.5ft Perfect10 (resting in the Garage).

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    I can't be much help to you on this one, Long Hair. My BV solid is up and tracking the arc very well but I still haven't done my underground cabling yet to run it into the house.

    That being the case, 95% of my testing of that dish has been with a DVB-S std definition receiver....never had an S2-capable receiver hooked to it and it is C-band only (C-2 LNBF), so I can't tell you about it's Ku abilities. I know others have seen good performance from their BVs with some Ku.

    My impression is this dish may be a little small for the high-FEC S2 signals, but maybe someone else can let us know for sure.

    That being said you need to go get it anyway......or let me know where it's at and I will.
    C-Band: 12' Unimesh/AJAK 180/GeoSat C2***10' "Perfect 10" mesh/GeoSat C2*** 8.5' Birdview solid/BV H-H/GeoSat C2*** 7.5' Unimesh/CalAmp voltage-controlled LNBF***...C-Band LOS from 58W-139W
    Ku-Band: 3ABN .9m/SL1PLL LNBF/SG2100***Fortec .9m/TrackerII LNBF/STAB HH90***7.25' Birdview "Spoon"/TrackerII/70:1 BV H-H***Prodelin 1.8m/GeoSat Bullet/AJAK 180 H-H***Paraclipse Hydro 1.5m Prime Focus/Linear Actuator/C120 LNBF...Ku-Band LOS from 30W-129W
    Receivers: Toshiba TRX-1820 Analog-->Openbox S9 HDx2***GeosatPro microHD
    OTA Digital: CM 4228/CM 7777 Preamp/Apex DT-250 for OTA Locals, Toshiba 46" Regza & Toshiba 19" LCDs
    In Progress: (2) Birdview 8.5' (1 solid & 1 perf) w/Birdview H-H mounts, "Drake" 10' solid alum....*BVOC Asst. Cook & Bottlewasher*

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    The Distinguished Gentleman from Hillbillistan is correct. In my experience my BV is just a little small for some of the S2 stuff. I still like mine, but I don't think I'd kill myself getting another one, unless it was for motor parts or something...

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    Stogie and myself are assuming that you are talking about a 8.5' diameter BV.

    Although I am unaware of anyone verifying an in-the-flesh sighting, some of the old BV literature showed a 9', and/or a 9.5' diameter dish. Not sure but those larger dishes may have only been shown as being available perf, not solid.

    No matter what size it is my previous statement still applies.....someone needs to get it, if you don't want it I would be interested. If you want it and need help I would help you take it down if it fits my schedule (am assuming it's in the Joplin area).
    C-Band: 12' Unimesh/AJAK 180/GeoSat C2***10' "Perfect 10" mesh/GeoSat C2*** 8.5' Birdview solid/BV H-H/GeoSat C2*** 7.5' Unimesh/CalAmp voltage-controlled LNBF***...C-Band LOS from 58W-139W
    Ku-Band: 3ABN .9m/SL1PLL LNBF/SG2100***Fortec .9m/TrackerII LNBF/STAB HH90***7.25' Birdview "Spoon"/TrackerII/70:1 BV H-H***Prodelin 1.8m/GeoSat Bullet/AJAK 180 H-H***Paraclipse Hydro 1.5m Prime Focus/Linear Actuator/C120 LNBF...Ku-Band LOS from 30W-129W
    Receivers: Toshiba TRX-1820 Analog-->Openbox S9 HDx2***GeosatPro microHD
    OTA Digital: CM 4228/CM 7777 Preamp/Apex DT-250 for OTA Locals, Toshiba 46" Regza & Toshiba 19" LCDs
    In Progress: (2) Birdview 8.5' (1 solid & 1 perf) w/Birdview H-H mounts, "Drake" 10' solid alum....*BVOC Asst. Cook & Bottlewasher*

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