Big old dish on our property- someone please take it. FREE!

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dweej

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I found out about this site while doing some internet research on getting rid of the enormous, gigantic, monstrous satellite dish that the previous owners left on our new property. My husband measured it and it seems to be about 10' 3" in diameter.

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We don't know anything about these or have any use for it so would LOVE to see it gone. Of you can dismantle and haul it away, it's yours! First come/first served on this relic :)

Please contact me and we can set something up. In southwest Michigan, northeast of Kalamazoo. Thanks!
 
Anole

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Good info and excellent pictures!
We'll probably have a discussion about it, and hopefully find someone in your area who'd enjoy having it.

Thanks a bunch for bringing it to our attention. - :up
 
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dj_flako

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dam i love to have it but im to far from u
 
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Looks like it could be disassembled with some wrenches...should fit in a pickup truck disassembled including the pole. If the pole is in concrete, a cut off saw should do the trick.
Looks like a really good solid dish....

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ACRadio

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3 meter Prodelin...commercial dish. Can be made to work well but it's deep and can be hard to feed. Breaks down into 8 pieces.
 
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fastscirocco

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I'm in Kalamazoo, MI - I can grab this dish but it sounds like it's not a good candidate.
Could you expand upon the comment of "Can be made to work well but it's deep and can be hard to feed."

To the original poster, email me at fastscirocco_2000@yahoo.com
 
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I'm in Kalamazoo, MI - I can grab this dish but it sounds like it's not a good candidate.
Could you expand upon the comment of "Can be made to work well but it's deep and can be hard to feed."

To the original poster, email me at fastscirocco_2000@yahoo.com

It's a deep dish with a .33 f/d ratio. It has a buttonhook feed that really needs to have guy wires installed to keep the feed centered, especially during windy times. Deep dishes are notoriously hard to get the feedhorn to properly illuminate the dish without seeing past the edge and getting earth noise. In other words...this type of dish needs a bit more tweaking and is a bit more challenging than a comparable sized dish with a shallower f/d ratio. I will add tho that at the price of free it could be a good project...
 
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nicholas1

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looks very similar to the 11' challenger dish I bought back in 1980. The dish did very well on c band but, not sure about how it would do with ku. It was very heavy, had thick steel tubing for support in a circular pattern on the back side. I never had any problems once it was setup for c band. The button hook fit within another pipe and three bolts kept it centered.
 
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dweej

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Thanks everyone for all your input and responses. Apparently there is a lot more interest in something like this than I imagined! I've gotten 7 different responses lined up, so I'm sure it'll be gone by the end of the week. Thanks again. Looks like we'll be saying bye to the dish very soon :D
 
Anole

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glad we helped:

This may sound silly, but if you would be so kind as to take a few pictures as the dish is removed, disassembled, and the pole cut down or dug up, we'd be very grateful.
Maybe let us see it loaded for transport, too.
With luck, the new owner will shoot a few pix as he/she re-installs the dish.
We're all suckers for a happy ending! - :up
 
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pendragon

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...Deep dishes are notoriously hard to get the feedhorn to properly illuminate the dish without seeing past the edge and getting earth noise. In other words...this type of dish needs a bit more tweaking and is a bit more challenging than a comparable sized dish with a shallower f/d ratio...

I agree completely that deep dishes need more love. I have two and they are worth it. However the illumination problem is actually the opposite. Dialing down the f/D on many feeds is tough, and it's easy to be stuck with a f/D setting on the feed that is larger than that of the dish. This will cause under-illumination rather than over-illumination. The result is not quite as bad, but you don't get the benefit of the full dish.
 
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