Building a C-band mount

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  1. stogie5150

    stogie5150 Topic Starter Crazed Cajun Rebel

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    Anyone have plans or know where I can get plans?

    All my dishes save 1 are H-to-H mounts and I have an old 10' dish with no mount whatsoever, just petals...it was my parents dish circa 1981 and I'd like to see the old girl suck some c-band again for old times sake...

    I have welding equipment and chop saw and plasma cutter...just need some guidance what direction to go..my one dish with a polar mount is a ring mount and I dont think a ring mount is gonna work for the 10' fiberglass monstrosity laying in the woods behind my house...nor do I have rolling equipment to roll flatbar that thick..

    I'll also have to fab feed arms, etc, but I can handle that from conduit, etc..

    Yeah I have time on my hands again...LOL
     
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    phlatwound FTA Bumpkin Lifetime Supporter

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    I don't think I have ever seen any plans on building a polar mount.

    Don't have any big prime focus fiberglass reflectors/mounts for same but IIRC most of the mounts for those that I have seen have a large square frame of square or rectangular metal tubing as part of the structure.

    Might be worth the effort to string test that beast before you invest a bunch of effort in resurrecting it, it would suck to find out the parabola was wacked later.
     
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    Magic Static FTA Geek Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU! Lifetime Supporter

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    The Winegard Pinnacle uses a square dish ring. Easy to simulate. Here are a couple pics a one with a Zenith brand name.

    Zenith 003.JPG Zenith 006.JPG
     
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    stogie5150 Topic Starter Crazed Cajun Rebel

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    I had a winegard mount and ended up having to trash it because it rusted out from the inside...I know I'd need to build the square tube for the dish but the declination and elevation adjustments that Winegard uses are needlessly complex, IMO, especially when ya trying to shop build something...I am just going to have to assemble the dish on my shop floor, get some metal and go mcGuyver on it...LOL...

    TY for the pics Magic.
     
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    Magic Static FTA Geek Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU! Lifetime Supporter

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    Check the declination adjuster on this c-band mount I used for a Ku dish. :) Simple and flexible.
    ? offset angle Primestar 1.2m
     
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    stogie5150 Topic Starter Crazed Cajun Rebel

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    I am sure it IS wacked Jody. it HAS been stored taken apart since 1986 or so, I painted it and assembled it on the floor of my shop one time before, thinking I had all the mount parts at my parent's house, by the time I got to look...the only thing I found was the feed leg brackets for the dish itself. I seem to remember it having a mount that had a U shaped piece of 1/2 plate with holes drilled into it that the elevation tube fit on, and the elevation was done by a turnbuckle. But I don't remember how the declination was done. I have some far away pictures of it I took way back then but nothing close or clear enough that I could figure it out. But I am not really interested in being historically correct, in any case...LOL
     
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    arlo SatelliteGuys Family

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    Here's mine. Been up since the early 80's. Just added pillow blocks recently and except for the crappy Super Jack actuator, slop free and tracks as good as can be.
    A bit of wire brushing and rust killer, Rustoleum, should be good to go for at least a few more years.
     

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