New Solid 6' Fortec vs Used Mesh 7.5' (1 Viewer)

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pacificrim

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I am thinking of setting up a 6' Fortec dish but the other day came across a used 7.5' mesh that would likely be free if I wanted it. Of course is has a few dings and while being in good shape, it less than perfect. The mesh size would be ok for ku to work in a dual setup but I don't want to put money and effort into a used dish that may not work much better than a newer but smaller one. How hard is it to get new panels for a 7.5' mesh?

I mostly am interested in c band for nasa and baseball feeds. is a 6' ok for that? Thanks.
 
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olegray

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Those few dings in the mesh can be pressed out fairly easy. We used two short pieces of 4 inch PVC pipe. It's a two person job when it's on the pole or off standing up, one on each side of the mesh panels.Just take it one ding at a time, and ours flattened out pretty good. If that 7 1/2 footer is free, give it a new home...
 

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I am thinking of setting up a 6' Fortec dish but the other day came across a used 7.5' mesh that would likely be free if I wanted it. Of course is has a few dings and while being in good shape, it less than perfect. The mesh size would be ok for ku to work in a dual setup but I don't want to put money and effort into a used dish that may not work much better than a newer but smaller one. How hard is it to get new panels for a 7.5' mesh?

I mostly am interested in c band for nasa and baseball feeds. is a 6' ok for that? Thanks.

You should go for the 7.5' dish. Dings will not affect it even a tiny bit. I've seen complete single panels removed from a dish, and it made NO difference in signal level. It can make a slight difference in ground noise though. Dings can also be flattened out with a body hammer and block. I've done that with my 10 footer. All in all, the 7.5 footer is better for signal, and for smaller beamwidth.
 
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pacificrim

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Just taking it apart should give me a very solid idea of its condition - which right now I think is good. I imagine an angle grinder will be needed to get the bolts out of it. I have to completely disassemble it to get it on the boat to bring it home, so it will be a lot more effort than getting a new 6' together from a box kit.

I really appreciate the your replies and will check it out again on Monday when I do another install nearby. I'll take some pictures. Thanks.
 
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Anole

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Hands down, go for the 7.5' dish!
And don't waste your time trying to get Ku on it.
Focus on what's important: C-band reception! ;)
 

johann12

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This was my first free 7 1/2 footer.

And this is what I started out with.







This was the end result after a couple of evenings.

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The basic tools where the backside/flatside of a hatchet, a propane torch, pliers, screwdriver, wrenches, paint and my hands and fingers.


Go for the 7 1/2 footer it should be way better than a 6 footer.

I replaced the 7 1/2 footer with an 10 footer not to long ago with better results.
The bigger the dish, the better.
 

rv1pop

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This was my first free 7 1/2 footer.

And this is what I started out with.







This was the end result after a couple of evenings.

th_3-16-2012003.jpg



The basic tools where the backside/flatside of a hatchet, a propane torch, pliers, screwdriver, wrenches, paint and my hands and fingers.


Go for the 7 1/2 footer it should be way better than a 6 footer.

I replaced the 7 1/2 footer with an 10 footer not to long ago with better results.
The bigger the dish, the better.

OK, you got me thinking --- maybe I can rescue that 10 foot Winegard.... It was so depressing to look at it and drag it back home after the "tempest in the ice storm". I have hardly looked at it since. But you have boosted my hope again. Thanks! No, the camper can NOT be repaired!
 

Skyv1

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IIRC, years ago I was told that a solid dish was equal in performance to a mesh dish of 2 foot larger diameter.
 
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