A Satellite Dish
|Find an old C/Ku band dish and figure out how to get it apart and home in the back of your van.
|Find a place in your back
Move the flowers your wife has just planted.
Hope the neighbors don't call the cops!
|Dig a deep hole that is at least 1/3 the length of the pole and flare it out at the bottom.
|The deeper the better.
|You need 10 or more 60
pound bags of Sackrete from Home Depot. (1 for every foot of the dish's diameter.)
Move them across yard in your little red wagon with out breaking your back or wagon.
|Install a section of reinforcing rod into the pipe so it can't twist in the wind.
|Prop up the pole so it is
A dish has an angle of view of about 2 degrees. If the pole is 2 degrees off vertical, you will totally lose the western satellites.
I attached 2X4s to pole with pipe straps and hose clamp.
Note the nice paint job on the pole courtesy of the WHSD
|Install a PVC conduit from the pole to the house to run the cable from the receiver to the dish. Cover the end with plastic so dirt does not get in. The pipe will be moved against the dish when the final layer of concrete is pored. Run real fast when you find a bumble bee nest under a patio stone!
|The mount was weathered and bent. Remove the rust, bend it back into shape and painted it.
poor little red wagon to mix the concrete. Quick method is to just dump the bag and
the water into the hole stir.
Underestimated the size of the hole so we went for dinner and three more sacks. (One sack is to fill the pole.)
sure the pole is vertical after each sack of cement is poured and tamped down.
Cover conduit to house.
another retired teacher pack U-Haul for move to
Pigeon Forge, TN
(They made it!)
Reset patio slabs and cleaned up.
concrete inside of pipe to keep it from flexing.
It took 1-1/2 sacks to fill a 3" X 12' pipe
We bolted the four gores together
and attached the supports for the receiver.
Installed cable in conduit and attached the connectors to both ends.
the C and KU Band receiver.
Note the old wasp's nest.
the Mount on pole
Connected the Actuator Arm that moves the dish.
|Installed and wired the receiver in basement and ran TV line back outside. Tuner has a "radio remote" so it can be tuned from outside.
|Installed pulleys to lift dish to mount.
for several friends who wanted a good laugh to show up at 7pm!
the dish to the mount.
Find the first bird
"He who laughs last laughs hardest!"
|Installed adjustment screws on each support arm to set the receiver feed horn at the exact focal point of the dish.
Next episode - November 2005
Installed a Digital Satellite Receiver and 30" Ku band dish for
"Free to Air" Programming.
UHF antenna is one of two for HDTV.