IS IT WORTH MOVING DISH?

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mick d

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Now that it is cooling down I am getting ready to move my 10 ' dish. Where it sits now I am limited to about 50.0 w. When I move it I still won't have full spectrum but should gain maybe 25 to 30 degrees. Is it worth the move? I know I will have to go circular, How much more do ya think I will get living in ne texas?
 

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What is your viewable arc now....and what will it be when you move it?

And also, not sure what you mean by "I know I will have to go circular".....Atlantic sats?
 

mick d

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Well Like I said I can get pretty much get everything west all the way east to 50.0, I'm thinking of moving the dish westward on the property to where I will have a better view to the east, which I think will give me about 25 to 30 degrees more which should put me down to 20.0 to 25.0 w. I said I would have to go circular because most of the sats that I would be gaining would be circular correct? Just wondering about the programming. Circular is new to me, thought about giving it a go.
 
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Ok, I understand what you meant now, wasn't clear to me before.

I am unable to see much past 50W myself, and that is only when the leaves are gone, so I don't know much about the programming that far east. I know there are a few guys here that have LOS and capabilities of viewing that far east, maybe they will check in.

A thought.....Instead of moving your existing dish, do you have the option of setting up another BUD just for the circular C-band Atlantic birds? That would save you the effort of installing/removing the dielectric plate when you wanted to go from circular to linear.
 

mick d

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Yeah I do have a 7.5' but figured I would need my 10 to get the most signal especially that far east and also I would like to keep it because some of the signals I am already on the brink of not getting. I will have to set it up and see, I may do that. Would have liked to have known how much was out there though. Got my hands on some plexiglass that I'm gonna make my dielectric plate out for my dual feedhorn. Thanks phlat for the input.
 

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do you have enough space to set a second dish, leaving the first intact where it is ? that could be a better option rather than move the first dish. Around here a big dish usually can be had for the asking usually they are 7 1/2 fters. so the only thing involved is the time & labor and what little coax , lnbf ( which you could leave dedicated as circular) , connectors and switch. just a thought...
 

mick d

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Yeah I have a 7 1/2 footer, but wasn't sure if it would be big enough to catch what signals were below 50.0 w. I just don't know what's out there and how strong the signals are.
 

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Multi-reasoning is multi-verse

Now that it is cooling down I am getting ready to move my 10 ' dish. Where it sits now I am limited to about 50.0 w. When I move it I still won't have full spectrum but should gain maybe 25 to 30 degrees. Is it worth the move? I know I will have to go circular, How much more do ya think I will get living in ne texas?

Such is gaining of channels you want to see and/or hear

I always look at moving a dish in:

Is it going to gain channel status and not lose anything, and are the extra channels what you want?
Can the motor you have handle the extra amount of movement, or will you have to buy a new one?
Does moving the dish gain protection from TI ingress?
If you move the dish, is it going to astetically improve the views you have of features or areas the viewing area's of the home has such as fields with deer or turkey and other animal behavior you like to see, or of mountains and lakes?

If you would answer no to any of these questions, then I, as a technician, would not recommend it...:up

May the George W Bush club be with you in full force, Texas is "Big"
 
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mick d

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Now ya got me doubting myself Rich, I'm gonna have to mull it over a while i guess. Don't wanna move the big dish and not accomplish anything.
 

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Yeah I have a 7 1/2 footer, but wasn't sure if it would be big enough to catch what signals were below 50.0 w. I just don't know what's out there and how strong the signals are.

In my experience a 7 footer will work very well if you wanna catch the linear C Band Intelsat birds from 58W down to 43W (Amazonas 61W as well), I have a dish dedicated mainly for those sats. As for the Circular birds, or anything below 43W I really couldn't tell you cause Ive never dealt with them
 
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