Radioshack 9ft restorati

rodrigocn

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Mar 13, 2019
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Hi!
Some time ago I acquired a 9 ft Radioshack dish in bad condition, I restored it and now it is working
Some photos of the process:
this was what I bought






 

JFOK

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rodrigocn,

I can attest to the favorable responses here about this dish.
I had one for 11 years never a problem. Was my first BUD in 1991.
I have plans this summer to install it on my KTI mount. The original Radio Shack mount is un salvageable and the KTI dish isn't perfectly parabolic anymore.
Enjoy.

John
 
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skink

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Very nice restoration job.I was wondering about the buttonhook in the photo,was that a standard buttonhook for the RS 9footers because I was able to get one that was sitting in a garage brand new and the buttonhook didn't have a bracket welded to it to hold the scalar ring of the feedhorn like I see in the photo?Can someone also tell me if there is alot of slack or backlash in the worm gear and how to reduce it.Thanks
 

johnnynobody

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That is a nice restoration by the OP. My first dish was an RS 8 footer with perforated panels (instead of mesh), buttonhook feed, and HH mount. Early 90's. I was really impressed with the video and the ability to get stereo audio (which I couldn't get OTA or cable back then). A former stepson used the reflector for golf practice one day. I didn't bother to replace the panels. I eventually scrapped it and got a Paraclipse 12 footer. Anyway, why aren't there more consumer grade BUD's with HH mounts anymore?
 

solarvic

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I gave my brother one of those radio shack dishes and the receiver when he lost his job in a steel mill. The only reason I bought the system was the owner,s daughter shot herself dead and he begged me to take it away. All I wanted was the roll of ribbon cable. It came with an ADL dual c-band and surprised me how well it worked. It needs a new motor and I could never find one. If I could find a motor I would get it running with a fta receiver for my brother.
 
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solarvic

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Very nice restoration job.I was wondering about the buttonhook in the photo,was that a standard buttonhook for the RS 9footers because I was able to get one that was sitting in a garage brand new and the buttonhook didn't have a bracket welded to it to hold the scalar ring of the feedhorn like I see in the photo?Can someone also tell me if there is alot of slack or backlash in the worm gear and how to reduce it.Thanks
The button hook on the radio shack dish hade the piece wellded on. The one at my brothers had no slop. He stripped the gear on the motor so we just used the crank to lock it on one satelite.
 

Need2learn

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Great job what kind of signal strength is it getting, GOOD, VERY GOOD, OR EXCELLENT?
 

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