8 ft DH perf spun dish with H to H mount (1 Viewer)

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brex2001

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Acquired a 8 ft spun aluminum dish yesterday. A DH perforated with a Starcast H to H mount. In really great condition. The original installer clued me into this one - belonged to a nice elderly couple up in the high desert.

The H to H mount has a huge 3" x 38" ring, easy declination adjustment, turnbuckle elevation, powered by a Chaparral ballscrew linear actuator motor. "Milk stool" feedhorn support with 3 focal length adjustable legs.
Feedhorn scalar still has the gold anodizing. Holes in the dish are almost pencil diameter so its its C-band only for this dish. This shallow dish has good gain according to the installer.
Focal length of 36" & f/D of 0.375. 90 inches from lip to lip(8 ft "nominal" diameter).
Though not worth much they included the Chaparral Cheyenne analog IRD, UHF remote & other goodies. Even the original sales brochures & manuals for DH & Chaparral were intact. I'll scan these to pdf & upload later on.
Anchored the dish to 2x4s mounted in the P/U stake holes with deck screws through holes at 4 places & cross-strapped the dish down - gently. Shipping pads at both ends of the bed to cushion the dish.

Lots of steaming gawks on the highways & freeways back home. ;)

Blessed desert climate.:)

But hey - its horizon to horizon.:D
This one should remind Anole of his find in the 2009 Adventures in dish hunting.;)
 

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Anole

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twins?

Well, isn't that special . . . ? - ;)

I've seen pictures of dishes like this before, but none had the DH nor AMCI name attributed to them.
Some were reported to be 10' in size, but you never know (people do make mistakes).

I'm thinking maybe back in the day, real dish makers like DH, OEM'd bare dishes out to anyone who wanted a good one.
Then, companies like AMCI tricked it out to suit themselves and sold under their own name.
My dish is eerily identical, with the 8' size, the weld across the middle, and that rolled-over rim.
Even the shape of the LNB cover hints at similar DNA.
Frankly, the info I have on the perforated Birdview makes me wonder, too. ;)

Yes, please do scan any related documents you find.
Ya may have found the missing link (a secret all the installers of the day knew), that we've overlooked! - :up
 

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brex2001

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Thanks guys!

My 'almost a perf Birdview' dish.:rolleyes::D

Here's some brochures for DH.

Added 2 pics Anole posted in the 2009 "Adventures in Dish Hunting" thread of a DH(?) with a Ajak H to H mount.
 

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