Any C/Ku Band Installers still around or in business? (1 Viewer)

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shipman

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I want to cap my cut-the-cord campaign by installing a 16' mesh BUD a friend give me. I grabbed everything - except the pole mount, which was solidly planted three to four feet underground in a cement casing. Can someone refer me to either an expert enthusiast or retired [military] technician who knows how to properly wire this equipment to the latest state of the art FTA receivers? I am in Prince Georges County (MD). And need help yesterday.
 

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. Raine

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That looks like a Conifer dish, very heavy mount on that dish if it is. I have a 12' here, good dish, but heavy!
 

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I want to cap my cut-the-cord campaign by installing a 16' mesh BUD a friend give me. I grabbed everything - except the pole mount, which was solidly planted three to four feet underground in a cement casing. Can someone refer me to either an expert enthusiast or retired [military] technician who knows how to properly wire this equipment to the latest state of the art FTA receivers? I am in Prince Georges County (MD). And need help yesterday.

Nice find. Looks like you got that one in the jungles of Vietnam? IF you didn't disturb the elevation and offset settings, and if it wasn't located too far from where you're installing it, setup should be relatively simple. Did you do a site survey to make sure you have a clear line of sight of the southern sky? Important to do that first. Most of the old motor drive boxes have hookups like the picture below.



If you have a magnetic reed switch or hall affect sensor, just follow these instructions to wire in the arm. The hookup for the FTA receiver is one RG6 coax that goes from the satellite "in" on the receiver, to the RF out on the LNB. I'd buy a new PLL LNB from Titanium to go with the new receiver. Always a good idea to have something you know is going to work when finding digital signals. The easiest way I found to locate a satellite is add the satellite to the list, Satellites - North & South America , then add one active transponder and channel information in the receiver. That way you can go to the transponder list and watch the signal meter. When you hit the transponder, you'll have signal. Then you can scan that satellite for channels.

Peak it until you have the highest reading, then lock down the dish and see if it tracks the satellites. You can tweak it as you go. When signal levels are comparable on both ends, east and west end of the arc, you should be good to go. If the dish came from some distance away, you'll need to reset the elevation and offset for your location. Here's a website that explains it further. http://www.tvrosat.com/phpBB-3.0/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=1252 If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, it should be relatively easy to find someone to help you. Happy hunting and welcome.
 

shanklej

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You lucky dog :).
I had one of those 12 footers many years ago.
You should be able to pull in PLuto with it.
I used 1 yard of concrete to set my pole because
of the weight of the dish. The weight is also hard
on the actuator. I made a big mistake taking mine
down and and taking it to the recyling center.
The reason I did that was the part that fit on the pole
became so loose I could no longer get any signal.
I had no body to help me at that time either.
For the life of me I can not remember the name of
the dish but it was the one they sat the Mercedes on.
Lots of people here that can help you set this beauty
up. Best of luck.
 
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Shicks4

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You recycled a 12' paraclipse? :facepalm Its too bad someone want available to help you. I have a really nice 7' paraclipse i gave to one of the guys that works for me and now he wants a bigger one but hes stuck on the paraclipse design. I told him good luck finding one as new ones cost an arm and a leg.
 

bpalone

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I have a really nice 7' paraclipse i gave to one of the guys that works for me and now he wants a bigger one but hes stuck on the paraclipse design. I told him good luck finding one as new ones cost an arm and a leg.

That seems to be disease that afflicts all who become involved in this endeavor. :clapping
 

Shicks4

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I told him when he picked that one out of the 3 I had cobbled onto that I was sure hed want a bigger dish. He should have choosen the 10' unimesh as i think it was in as good of shape as the paraclipse, but he really liked the way the paraclipse looked.
 
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