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RE: Primestar Dish



Sam,
In addition to my first response on the -bb, you will want a tracking
program like NOVA to run on your PC. It will give you the proper look angles
in real time. If connected to an az/el rotor like a Yaesu G-5500, NOVA will
automatically point the dish for you, again in real time.
Good luck.
Gunther Meisse
W8GSM
Nova Web site: http://www.nlsa.com/

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
Behalf Of SamThomasWalker@cs.com
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2001 2:50 PM
To: AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Primestar Dish


Need help in understanding the Primestar Dish.
      I had it mounded in a fixed positiion on top of 2 inch thickwall pvc
and up 8 feet, was receiving AO-40 sigs weak and noisy but could hear it
plus
some QSOs. I tried to immprove the set up and used a 10 foot tv mast and
installed a horizontal rotor, which raised the dish to about 12 feet off the
ground.I have not heard anythink from the beacon nor any activity on the
band.
        My big question is how can one tell what the elevation angle is
using theis offset mount. I've tried perpindicular to the center of the
dish.
Also it looks like 60 degs is the offset angle but have no way to check this
for pointing to the satellite. I would like to hear any suggestions in how
to
make sure I have the dish pointed at the bird ocrectly in the vertical.
Thanks, Tom Walker, W4EWB, Samthomaswalker@cs.com
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