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Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by NorthernOhioGuy, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. NorthernOhioGuy

    NorthernOhioGuy Topic Starter Member

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    Hello all! I am new to the FTA hobby. I actually became interested in it a few years ago. My wife, however, wanted nothing to do with it. I finally convinced her to let me put up a 90cm dish a couple months ago and tinker with it. She was surprised by the variety of channels that I could pick up off of one bird so she allowed me to get a motor.

    That is my current project; setting the dish up to track the arc. I will say I lurked this forum and other sites quite a bit while I was "dreaming" about my new hobby. There is a wealth of information here, and I am sure I will have to tap into it as I go along. I hope that some day I may be able to pass it on and help another newbie out.

    Thanks for all you've all taught me so far.
     
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    comfortably_numb Dogs have owners, cats have staff Pub Member / Supporter

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    Welcome NorthernOhioGuy. I grew up in Ohio before I moved West. Happy to help answer any questions.
     
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    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Master

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    Put a dual lnb on that dish, and run two coax's. Get your wife her own receiver, and let her play.

    Who knows, you might get "allowed" to get a C-band dish then, LOL. FAR more stuff on C-band, than KU.
     
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    KE4EST SatelliteGuys Is My Second Home Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    danristheman SatelliteGuys Pro

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    I am from NE Indiana welcome to the site.
     
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    spongella SatelliteGuys Pro Pub Member / Supporter

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    Welcome and glad to hear that you got your dish up and running. It's like a magic carpet to tons of entertainment. Lots of bang for the buck. Enjoy.

    I understand your situation, I have an XYL (wife) too and after 40+ years of being married to a radio nut she's used to all types of antennas coming and going. Doesn't even notice anymore :).
     
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    :welcome2 NorthernOhioGuy to SatelliteGuys! If you have any questions, we are here to help.

    If you haven't noticed, we enjoy seeing photos and hearing stories of your install, channel finds and look forward to your mentoring others with your experiences.
     
  8. NorthernOhioGuy

    NorthernOhioGuy Topic Starter Member

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    I actually did put a dual lnb on it. As far as the coax goes I ran three so there would be an extra in case of a problem with one. I did pick up a c band dish about a year ago when I was still trying to convince the wife. She is still pretty set on not "having that ugly thing up in her yard." I guess it'll stay in storage out in the barn until it can hopefully be put back to work someday!
     
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    Don't risk pointing out the ugly stuff in her closet in an effort to reason with her. It won't work... LOL

    It was amazing how many BUD decommisions that we did during the early years of pizza dishes. The small dishes had a higher WAF (Wife Approval Factor)!
     
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    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Master

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    I think a properly cleanly installed and maintained C-band dish is beautiful! If it's done right, and placed properly in the yard, it doesn't have to be "ugly" or obtrusive in any way!

    At my previous house, I had a 10ft C-band dish, a 6ft KU dish, a 4ft KU dish, and two Dish Network dishes all placed in an arc behind a large rhododendron bush, and 50ft away from those, you couldn't even see them from off the property if you didn't know exactly where to look!

    This is my present dish, which is a 7.5ft SAMI. It's installed in my front yard, 17 FEET in from the front road! Nobody in the neighborhood minds, because it's taken care of, and looks GREAT!

    These photos are from right after installation. Grass is back, and it's all cleaned up now.
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    Have you pointed out the PBS stations on 87 W and 125 W?
    Maybe able to talk here into letting you have a dedicated one on one of these two?

     
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    spongella SatelliteGuys Pro Pub Member / Supporter

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    Never make a face or give the wife a hassle when she spends money. When asked to do something always say yes. This always works for me. :)
     
  13. NorthernOhioGuy

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    Yes! We have watched some on 87W. My boy really likes the PBS Kids. He even asks, "Daddy can we watch some satellite channels?" :)
     
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    I'd add to that one should not bargain or trade with one's significant other to get what they want.
     
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    Why can't you talk to the wife have a flower garden around the dish to spruce things up. No plants on the back of the dish. Put little water on that dish and the whole garden will grow. Every time you put up a dish put flowers around it.
     
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