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Re: 10' Dish available



My first AO-40 downlink antenna (or attempt at one) was a 16' foot TVRO 
dish I found on the side of the road in rural FL (couldn't beat the 
price, they were happy to see it go). Making a mount for it was no small 
accomplishment.With a small helix feed, an AIDC downconverter, and my 
TS-700A, I could hear the images from the IF in the sat! Well, for about 
10 seconds, then I had to repoint the dish.. I had intended to mount the 
down converter at the feed point but it eventually occured to me that I 
had enough gain that my converter's LO might make a great transmitter, 
so fortunately I avoided that problem ahead of time.

I eventually concluded the dish was much better for watching C-Band 
satellite TV and used a 90cm Primestar dish for AO-40 after that :)

I used to have a picture of myself napping in the dish like it was a 
hammock on qrz.com.. It did lend a sort of "Green Bank" atmosphere to my 
yard as well.

73, Jason N1XBP

P.S. - Gunther, you might consider that you've got 4 antenna's available 
as Bob suggested in an earlier post.. smaller, lighter, and easier to ship.


John Champa wrote:
> Wow, Gunther!  That is a lot of antenna.  How are you going point that 
> monster?  Auto-tracking will be required, and when you do that, it had 
> better be right on the money, and update about every minute or so.  
> Well, whatever floats your boat.  Enjoy!
>
> Remember, once you can hear the noise floor of the transponder, then 
> additional gain is, well, not needed very much, let's say (HI).
>
> I, on the other hand, plan to use the smallest antenna pair I can get 
> away with.  I thought that was the advantage of satellite operating:  
> 140 foot towers with a stack of monobanders not needed?  (HI).
>
> 73,
> John - K8OCL
>
>
>  
>> From: "Gunther Meisse" <gogm@wmfd.com>
>> To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
>> Subject: [amsat-bb]  10' Dish available
>> Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 11:02:24 -0400
>>
>> With the coming of the next group of HEO satellites I am checking if 
>> there
>> is any interest in a 10' Weingard mesh dish. It has been taken out of
>> service by a local manufacturing company here in central Ohio and has 
>> been
>> taken apart and will be created, ready to be shipped. If you have an
>> interest, please contact me at gmouse@neo.rr.com
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Gunther Meisse
>>
>> W8GSM
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Gunther (Gog) Meisse
>>
>> WVNO / WRGM / WMFD
>>
>> 2900 Park Avenue West
>>
>> Mansfield, OH 44906
>>
>> Ph: 419-529-5900
>>
>> Cell: 419-544-8622
>>
>> Fax: 419-529-2319
>>
>> www.NorthcentralOhio.com
>>
>>
>>
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