1.8M Reflector for use with C-Band

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  1. EmCommSat

    EmCommSat Topic Starter Active SatelliteGuys Member Pub Member / Supporter

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    Hello,

    I live on the Oregon Coast and am looking to receive some C-Band feeds off both AMC-11 and SES-3 satellites. I have been unable to locate a 8-12 foot BUD that fits within my budget or even located in my area. I came across an opportunity to purchase a used Prodelin 1.8M KU-band prime-focus offset satellite dish located about 10-hours one-way. Would this reflector size work well enough for C-Band reception (using the appropriate C-Band LNBF of course) at my location? I know with C-Band, the larger the reflector, the better the reception is.

    Thanks
     
  2. KE4EST

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    Well with the proper LNBF and scaler you could make it work...for some C-Band.
    It will make you want a bigger dish. With the broadcasting standards used today 6' is just too little.
    If you already have the dish, I would say go for it, but I would think again about driving 10 hours for a 6 footer just for C-Band.
    Now, on the other hand, if it is in good shape, it would make one hell of a ku dish! :)
     
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    I have one, and it does make a hell of a great ku dish! However, I wouldn't bother using it for c-band, as a first dish. First of all, the dish and mount probably weigh more than 250lbs. Second of all, it's only 6ft, which means you are losing 60% of the possible c-band signals you could get. It's not 2 degree compliant on c-band either.

    If you really can't find a mesh dish that's at least 8ft, (you really shouldn't get a dish smaller than 10ft though) you can buy one at the following link, but your starting costs will be much higher than a "found" dish. Then again, if you think about it as saving money on paying for cable tv, and/or as a hobby, it'll eventually pay for itself (unless you get the "fever" & start buying more equipment), LOL: TEK2000.com
     
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  4. Magic Static

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    I've been seriously considering fixing up one of the two 1.8M Ku dishes out in the dish graveyard. I had fun doing up the 1.2 M and this would make a good project.
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    If you want to drive to Missoula, MT I got 10' Mesh dishes in your budget, like free.
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  5. primestar31

    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Master

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    Personally, I'd take Magic up on the offer if you are real serious. It's not much further than you'd drive for the Prodelin 6 footer, and looks like you might learn a lot just wandering around his "spares" yard...
     
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    Holy Sh$t Magic...Let's see driving time from Albuquerque to Missoula....17 hours - Over 1100 miles damn
     
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    Magic Static FTA Geek Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU! Lifetime Supporter

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    I drove to San Antonio from here round trip in 36 hours 55 MPH. Oh to be young (and stupid) again ;)
     
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    Drove many times in my twenties straight through from Portland, Oregon to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Best time was 42 hours... No, I didn't drive 55mph! LOL
     
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    Must have been something really interesting in Ft Lauderdale Brian! :)
     
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    Magic,

    If I can get logistics squared away and time off from work, I will take you up on your offer! If the stars align, I will send you a PM!

    Thanks again!

    Sent from my moto x4 using Tapatalk
     
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    Do you still have a large mesh dish you would like to give away? If so, I'd be interested in taking one off your hands.
     
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    As you can see in the pics there are a few 10 footers. :) There is another location where the solid dishes are stored. :) How far do you have to travel?
     
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    Well the OP is coming from Oregon. It's always great to meet someone that has as much enthusiasm for this hobby as a lot of us do. Titanium made a sweet giveaway a few weeks ago. I'm going to match that. But the Winegard I have is a Pinnacle. ;) Zenith rescue (Pinnacle) And toss in the Actuator, ASC1, Corotor, C1PLL, and DVBS2 STSB. :)
     
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    Wow! That's awesome! Starting him out with a Winegard Pinnacle, that's like hitting the LOTTO!

    Just goes to prove that the best guys are right here on SatelliteGUYS!

    (including some gals, lol)
     
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    Another rescued dish back to work :)
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    What better way to compliment a free C-Band dish than to get a free Ku dish too. EmCommSat and I ran out the horse pasture where many dishes are hidden away and picked out a nice 1.2M PrimeStar. He was happy to see the horses too. Selfie Time :)
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    Nice Dish!
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    All loaded up and ready for the trip home :)
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    Wow Magic it's like you've got a warehouse of dishes. Do you have any solid C band dishes you would be interested in parting with? :)

    I've been interested in procuring a second commercial dish but I've been having a hard time finding anything but meshes. Winter's comin' and I'm running out of time :(
     
  19. Magic Static

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    DodgeDish 014.JPG Got a twelve foot fiberglass fixed mount Miralite. It fits in a standard pickup box.
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    So BabaLouie Is coming to get one too. :)
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