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Old 07-08-2008, 08:03 AM   #1  
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Question Are 3 dishes REALLY necessary?

I upgraded to HD and locals yesterday and this is what they put up (dishes only):



I thought they'd put up a dish 1000 but the installer said they didn't work well in southern Oregon.

What's your thoughts?
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If your place is surrounded by a lot of trees (as it may be from your photo, cannot tell for sure), it may be the only way.
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Thanks for the fast reply.

Yes, there are lots of big trees around. Never thought about that angle, but you are probably right.

Thanks!

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You know it's funny that you should say that.

My neighbour accused me of spying on him as the dishes look just like they are pointed in his direction.

I just smiled and offered him a tinfoil hat.....
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Usually 110 and 119 can be picked up using one Dish. 129 is always a wild-card with the mirrored 61.5.
Love the trees though!
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The picture kind of reminds me of the movie Coneheads. They had all kinds of antennas and satellite dishes so they could communicate with their home planet. I think it's beautiful though.
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OK, I'm beginning to see the reasoning.

The installer said one dish was the existing 110/119 (?) and the next dish was a 129 but the reason for the third dish was we had to capture 148 with the locals on it.

So maybe in other parts of the country their locals may be on 110/119/129 and they don't need the 148 (?).

The only other places I've seen 3 dishes in town are STL uplinks from the radio/tv stations.

My wife hasn't really said anything yet, but, I'll admit, it does look a tad industrial, yes?
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looks cool to me. you ought to mount more up there just to mess with people.
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if the aesthetic look of it all doesn't bother you or your wife(wouldn't bother me, don't know about my wife though ) and your signal strengths are all good then your good to go. I would take a wing dish anytime to ensure I received a strong signal on 129 or 61.5. To me that's all that matters.
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Thanks, guys.

All sats are in the 85 range, so I guess thats pretty good.

I think the wife isn't saying much because this is what I removed :



She came home from a trip and we had just installed it (each "X" is 24' on a side and that's my buddy at the top). Real quiet around the house for a good while.....

Anyway, to her, the dishes are a minor blemish compared to the quad.....To me, the quad wasn't so 'industrial' and 'space-age' as the dishes. It was beautiful and I miss it.

Anyway, sigs are good and the pictures are beautiful, can't ask for more, yes?
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This is the best post here for ages!

More pics of your skylines please! The more technology the better!

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I'll look around for more skyline pix. I did find a pix of the backyard which will somewhat explain why my wife didn't like the big antenna....



She spends a lot of time in that lounge (behind the post) reading and sunning.

When she would look up from her book, the antenna was right there! No way to avoid it! LOL I became a bad-guy almost everyday!

(Sorry if this is too OT; and my apologies to the dial-up guys)

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Thanks, guys.

All sats are in the 85 range, so I guess thats pretty good.

I think the wife isn't saying much because this is what I removed :



She came home from a trip and we had just installed it (each "X" is 24' on a side and that's my buddy at the top). Real quiet around the house for a good while.....

Anyway, to her, the dishes are a minor blemish compared to the quad.....To me, the quad wasn't so 'industrial' and 'space-age' as the dishes. It was beautiful and I miss it.

Anyway, sigs are good and the pictures are beautiful, can't ask for more, yes?
what did you replace the Quad with, a vertical?
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No, actually I put up a horizontal, corner-fed loop for 14MHz, but after having used the quad, I was so disappointed that I donated my entire station to the Red Cross.

But.......The sunspot peak is getting closer and I still have the tower base peeking out of the ground....so, I might.....No, I'd be a dead duck if I did that again.....Sigh....
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