Pls help me id this dish. Specs. Weight and what not...if you can. Thank you for you're time and consideration. B.

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I can't id the make, but it looks like it's fiberglass so it's going to be pretty heavy. I'll bet it weighs at least 100 lbs.
 
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Yes that is a BirdView. Very well made dish. But will need some fixing to bring up to current standards. It is a very heavy H to H motorized mount.
 

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Motorized... High voltage?
It takes 36 volts DC.

But you will need to build a pulse position sensor to work with modern dish motor controllers, like the VBox or ASC1.

The original Birdview position sensor was an analog variable resistor. Modern controllers use pulses. I built a magnet wheel disc and used a reed sensor to create pulses when the motor rotates.

There are various threads on this site for building a magnet wheel position sensor. If you are interested I can find them for you.
 
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Here's some info that may help you get that thing going for you:



The second thread has some instruction and a template for a magnet wheel.
 

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It takes 36 volts DC.

But you will need to build a pulse position sensor to work with modern dish motor controllers, like the VBox or ASC1.

The original Birdview position sensor was an analog variable resistor. Modern controllers use pulses. I built a magnet wheel disc and used a reed sensor to create pulses when the motor rotates.

There are various threads on this site for building a magnet wheel position sensor. If you are interested I can find them for you.
36vdc good info. Thank you.
 

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You may want to get 2 or 3 feet minimum of the piece of pipe that goes into the mount.

Every Birdview mount I have seen uses a 6" O.D. thinwall pipe and I know I had trouble finding any used pipe with that outside diameter. I think it exists but it's not real common.

The good news is that BV thinwall pipe fits into 6" Schedule 40 pipe perfectly so you can weld a piece of the old saved BV pipe on some newly acquired Sch 40 and have whatever total length you want.

The first thread I linked above has pics that show it better than I can explain it.

The thinwall pipes that Birdview manufactured and supplied with their dishes had a swedged section on the bottom that kept the wind from being able to turn them. You will want to weld some angle or something to the pipe where it is below ground to accomplish that.
 

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Leave the existing pole and buy another from a local supplier or recycler.
The pole is the pro lem. Heavy rust @ tbe base.
Leave the existing pole and buy another from a local supplier or recycler.
The pole has heavy rust @ the base and must go. This home is down town phoenix, and is recognized as a historic building. The homeowner wants it all gone.
 

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This is the motor and gear box on the "aluminum" dish i dismantled. Home owner said it was close to 40 years old. "Collector" i guess is pictured here also. 1 male coax in 1 female cortex out. A worm gear and position sensor of some kind were also present. The pole and mount weighed close to 700lbs. The dish was 98 lbs. Thank you again for your help.
 

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That's an older cast iron mount. The newer ones are aluminium. You will need a position sensor to replace the old potentiometer style sensor.
 

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