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    Bob Coopers C Band Stories #2

    Hi Gary. I did an inventory of Bob's magazines two years ago this month, and located one missing issue of CSD that was not available in the rest of the collection and personally saved in it electronic/PDF format. Bob has been making arrangements with a new website to gather as many...
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    Satellite Finders: Junk or Useful?

    One additional note..tipping an offset dish upside down does give you a much more manageable elevation angle compared to normal position when tuning in low elevations, but it does have one disadvantage. Higher pitch in elevation upwards tends to catch more rain, which stays on the dish for a...
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    new 1.2 meter dish and 12 footer

    A simpler way to check things out is to compare Metric as European vs. Japanese. I once had a Volvo, which of course had European threads on their metric bolts. My next car was a Subaru, which had Japanese metric hardware. I found that the least costly source of Japanese hardware was a Honda...
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    Amplica Dish Mover?

    A number of companies sold IRDs in the early and mid 1980s, but integrated a remote control with a separate power supply to control the typical C-band dish. Back in those days, very heavy antennas were commonplace, and it made sense to separate the receiver from the motor drive to avoid heat...
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    What's the best way forward?

    Denver is a large metro area and thousands of C and C/Ku band dishes were installed over the years. I would suggest taking a look at the local Craig's List, and if that does not work, make a listing under "Wanted" on same list to see if anyone might have one to give away for your trouble of...
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    Can Anyone Install or Supply & Install a C-Band Dish In Minneapolis Area ?

    I can confirm that I am in SW Wisconsin, but am about 270 miles from the Twin Cities, and semi-retired. (from satellite installations). Have a fulltime job at the moment outside this industry and my days off are booked for months. Wish I could help, but there are not enough hours in the day...
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    dish alignment

    If you are on daylight time, it's going to be closer to 1pm. Solar noon during standard time is close to 12 noon (give or take a few minutes for seasonal deviations). This is assuming you are close to the beginning of each time zone (90 W for Central, 105 W for Mountain). Then you would factor...
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    Help : Echostar SR8700 power supply

    That is an early subscription receiver strictly for the European market. Note that OP mentioned two decoding systems not native to North America. It's not DISH (American DBS service), but Echostar (a distribution company and hardware manufacturer) that in this case sold equipment for the rest...
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    10 foot Winegard dish in Florida

    Trying to help out an old friend in Florida. Located about 18 miles from Ocala, in community of Ocklawaha, FL. He has the following: Winegard CK-1088 8-section antenna with Stainless steel nuts and bolts, assembly instructions and 75-80 ft satellite ribbon cable. Also a pole mounting assembly...
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    replacing C-band dish panels

    There were at least two 12-foot models made by KTI. Is yours a four panel sectional, or does it have 18 separate ribs? If the latter, you probably also have an inner and an outer mesh panel. For full access and ease of removal and reinstallation of mesh pieces, I would suggest disconnecting...
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    Some TV Channels Come In Better in the Mornings

    An old saying that I heard again and again while living in Alaska--necessity is the mother of invention. When you do not have appropriate hardware and/or other normal solutions, they are created on the spot. I probably would not have designed and built 16 to 20 foot spherical antennas back in...
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    Some TV Channels Come In Better in the Mornings

    Too bad these antennas were all torn down around the state of Alaska during the 1990s. I once read an article by an old time broadcast engineer that reported these antennas were great for AM radio reception. An explanation about connecting a portable battery operated AM radio to a ground...
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    Hadley, PA Antenna Question

    I have two different UHF-VHF models of the Televes antennas. They have an incredible low noise preamp with two separate parallel outputs---which makes them shine on UHF. VHF High Band is a stretch, because you have little more than the equivalent of a dipole and a great preamp for channels...
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    Box full of goodies

    ADL and CalAmp sold the same feedhorns for C and C/Ku band, many years ago, with separate part numbers. The ADL RP1 series had a fixed dual moding feed plate that was far superior to Chaparral and other feeds, and because of its unique design was able to greatly reduce sidelobes. It was...
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    C band LNB

    It probably was-----note the country of Origin: Japan. This was made in the time period before Chinese and South Korean manufacturing threatened our domestic electronics manufacturers. Japan was at the top of quality ratings back in those days (satellite equipment made by Toshiba, Panasonic...
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