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Hockeynut

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Installed a original 1.2 Ch Master polar mount..Oh boy what a nice quality piece.Bought the Venture ( made in America )actuator from Rick and so far it has been a perfect fit.Made a bracket to help the geometry of the actuator so does not flop when dipping deep over the pond.

Currently with the 18" actuator it is traveling from 58-127...with a 24" I do believe it will dip down to Hispasat without flopping.\

So nice having a sat farm it helps greatly to aid in dish alignment..For the 1.2 fixed dish`s in the yard it is on the money comparing db readings between the fixed dish`s and this mover.

Here is a couple pics of the ol gem.

Please anyone feel free to post pics of any and all makes of polar mounts for commercial dish`s that ya have. 14.jpg


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Dish`s--10' KTI,10' Button Hook,10' Unimesh x2, 12' Cosmos,8 1/2 foot Birdview in the works.
1.2 Ch Masters parked at 91,103,105...1.2 Ch Master on a factory Ch Master polar mount tracking from 58-127.
Positioners--Gbox,Vbox and ASC1`s
Receivers--AZMe,AZPlus,AZElite,Icecrypt S1600 HD,Pansat 9500,VU Solo2 SE,Octagon SF4008 UHD 4K,Prof 7500,TBS 6982.

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Nice. Wish my Primestar pole was in a location where a polar mount would be useful.
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purdy..nice work dude.
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Nice and clean install! Congratulations @Hockeynut!
I think that 18' is more than enough for 1,2m antenna to go H-H. And there are several ways how to prevent possible flopping. One of them, the easiest one (IMHO) is to make adjustable mechanical stop for the mount when actuator is fully extracted. I did not make such a stops for Channel Master mounts, but did  them for 1,5m and 1,8m antennas. On the example you can see that antenna can not go more East as 90*E (my most-East satellite), so flopping, in principle, can not happen.ScreenHunter_257 Apr. 02 10.06.jpg   And another benefit of the mechanical stop is the fact that even if the actuator is removed from the mount at all, antenna will still be tuned to satellite. Another (more complicated one) way how to prevent flopping is to lower the center of gravity of the antenna so much that it is on the axis of turning of the mount. Then, if you push antenna to the end-position it will go back to the center by itself as you can see on this VIDEO
@Hockeynut, could you post more detailed pictures of the way you've connected the actuator?

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Sure can RimaNTSS and a front shot also.Ended up using an Invacom qph-031.Thinking about changing it over to a quattro for over the pond lo band feeds.

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Dish`s--10' KTI,10' Button Hook,10' Unimesh x2, 12' Cosmos,8 1/2 foot Birdview in the works.
1.2 Ch Masters parked at 91,103,105...1.2 Ch Master on a factory Ch Master polar mount tracking from 58-127.
Positioners--Gbox,Vbox and ASC1`s
Receivers--AZMe,AZPlus,AZElite,Icecrypt S1600 HD,Pansat 9500,VU Solo2 SE,Octagon SF4008 UHD 4K,Prof 7500,TBS 6982.

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Sweet, I bet you're one happy camper. its sure nice to have a great working moveable Ku dish in you're stable.
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The Venture actuators have built in limit switches. You would not need a mechanical stop if you set the extended limit at the farthest satellite you use.
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tend to agree, one should always use the limit switches.. an actuator is an extremely power device, and will keep on pushing if you allow it. Most likely until something else gives... I would be more concerned relying on an external mechanical stop, than just letting it hang out during a flop. I have never once been unable to retract an actuator after a flop. For me a flop has always just resulted in a temporary inconvenience.
Having said that, I use the limit switch in mine.

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The Venture actuators have built in limit switches.
Any actuator has internal limit switches.
But, after using external adjustable stop several times, I can say that it is very helpful device. Of course actuator should be properly adjusted to not be able to break something. Firstly I catch the arc, without actuator even been installed. Secondly, adjust external stop in such a way that antenna is pointed to most-East or most-West satellite. After 1 and 2 done, I extract actuator at it's maximum till it stops by internal switch. Only then I install actuator (in fully extracted mode) to the mount. That is my way to adjust polar-mounted antenna. It always works like that.
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Oh yeah I agree..Limit switch is set in this setup.
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Dish`s--10' KTI,10' Button Hook,10' Unimesh x2, 12' Cosmos,8 1/2 foot Birdview in the works.
1.2 Ch Masters parked at 91,103,105...1.2 Ch Master on a factory Ch Master polar mount tracking from 58-127.
Positioners--Gbox,Vbox and ASC1`s
Receivers--AZMe,AZPlus,AZElite,Icecrypt S1600 HD,Pansat 9500,VU Solo2 SE,Octagon SF4008 UHD 4K,Prof 7500,TBS 6982.

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And, for adjusting of the polar-mount to the arc I use such a device, which is installed instead of the actuator and allows to move antenna H-H just in a second. It also allows to fix antenna at any point on the arc.
After arc is tuned, instead of this device actuator is installed (in fully extracted mode). P1250622 (Large).JPG P1240353 (Large).JPG 
To fully use whole length of the actuator and get maximum possible arc without flopping, it is very important to find proper places to connect actuator.

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Originally Posted by Hockeynut
Installed a original 1.2 Ch Master polar mount..Oh boy what a nice quality piece.Bought the Venture ( made in America )actuator from Rick and so far it has been a perfect fit.Made a bracket to help the geometry of the actuator so does not flop when dipping deep over the pond.

Currently with the 18" actuator it is traveling from 58-127...with a 24" I do believe it will dip down to Hispasat without flopping.\

So nice having a sat farm it helps greatly to aid in dish alignment..For the 1.2 fixed dish`s in the yard it is on the money comparing db readings between the fixed dish`s and this mover.

Here is a couple pics of the ol gem.

Please anyone feel free to post pics of any and all makes of polar mounts for commercial dish`s that ya have. 14.jpg
it looks like a really great setup. I need to get my 1.3m CM up this spring (probably 25' or more) due to the monster obstruction next door south. My 9' solid needs to go that high as well. I would love to have a dish farm like yours but I'll have to get over my fear of heights to do it (& probably have to buy a crane too)! Lol

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Just curious were you got the mount.
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Also curious where you obtained the dish. 
Thanks..

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I need to get my 1.3m CM up this spring
Never heard about 1,3m CM dishes! Could you show a picture of it?
I've got CM dishes in 4 sizes: 0.35m, 1m, 1.2m and 1.8m.
Here are 2 sisters 1m and 1.2m IMG_20170402_152608 (Large).jpg 
I know for sure that 2.4m antenna was made and perhaps also 0.9m one. I am speaking here about offset antennas.

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