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Are any of these dishes ones I shouldn't pass on? I don't really need another large dish, but if any of these are great in any way, then I might go after one of them...

SA Dual Beam 4.6m
SA 3.4m
Patriot 3.7m
Paraclipse 3.4m

That's all the info I have.
Thanks.
 
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WOW - all those are very expensive dishes

I looked up a few of these and new all these are very pricey to buy.

The Patriot looks like a very nice dish though
 
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You got pictures of any of them?

I would move to the head of the class, any dish with an H-H mount.

Do you have room and the manpower to move/install any of those big bruisers?
Some of the Scientific Atlanta dishs are a bear to install.
 
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The Patriot antenna is a good antenna. I've heard nothing but good things about it. They perform very well too.
 
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You got pictures of any of them?

I would move to the head of the class, any dish with an H-H mount.

Do you have room and the manpower to move/install any of those big bruisers?
Some of the Scientific Atlanta dishs are a bear to install.

No pictures. How can you tell an H-H mount? I definitely have room... I'll have to figure out manpower.

So it sounds like should go for the patriot or the paraclipse (I'm not sure I'll be able to low-ball on any of them, but it's worth a try). I doubt I'll be able to get more than one, so I guess condition upon viewing would be the tie-breaker.

What's an H-H mount good for? Do you get more of the arc, or?
 
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Here's another HH on a dish I'm trying to get.
 

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Anole

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How can you tell an H-H mount?
Here're pictures of an AJAK H180 mount, capable of swinging a pretty large mesh (light weight 10' or maybe 12') or easily my 8' perforated spun aluminum dish.

You've seen pictures of the spun aluminum solid Birdview dishes.
Their H-H motorized mount is not so obvious to the casual observer.

What's an H-H mount good for? Do you get more of the arc, or?
Depends where you live if a regular actuator will cover all the birds or not.
Pretty much regardless, the H-H will.

So it sounds like should go for the patriot or the paraclipse
If the commercial Scientific Atlanta dishes are fixed and not adjustable, I wouldn't be interested.
Perhaps you might?
And, the only ones I've seen are big bruisers, requiring three cement posts to mount them.
Again, not interesting to me.
But, those may have been 14 or 16 foot dishes, and I have no clue what you are into. :)

As for the Paraclipse, several members have those.
See the installation thread by Stogie for a pretty honest assessment.
He got one with an H-H motor (see pictures) while I believe MauiGuy has 12 & 14 foot Paraclipse with the more traditional actuators.
They are a lot of work to install and refurbish.

One became available near me several years ago, with the H-H mount.
I was too green (no pun intended) at the time and was scared off by the unknown.
After spending time reading and talking to Stogie about his, I wouldn't touch one.
But, don't let me discourage ya. ;)

Without pictures to go by, an knowing more about your needs, it would be hard to recommend.
However, the Patriot does seem to have a good reputation... (?)
 
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