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KOSMO

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Anyone had experience with this company? They do NOT have a phone number that I can find. I am buying a BUD. Will they ship to USA? (SC)
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This article would make me RUN to the nearest exit...

http://www.azboxamericas.com/unauthorised_info.cfm?id=48
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The article is about AZ boxes:

These guys seemed to do alright:
http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/threads/review-tek2000-8-mesh-dish.337977/

It does however bother me that they have no phone number listed on their website.

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Well that article sure makes him out to be an honest and reputable dealer no matter what he's selling..but hey, like JG Wentworth says..."It's your money, do what you want to with it."

I already posted this but I've got a 10 foot broken down into sections you can have for FREE.  It needs an actuator and feed horn though.   I know where there are several within 5 miles of me that are in really good condition, if you'd pay a little bit for them,  a heck a lot less than getting one shipped from CA.  This is in Charlotte NC., all interstate from you if you're near 85.
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If Kosmo don't take you up on the offer I will!
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Geezer check your PM please.
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Kosmo have a look at this thread:
http://rickcaylor.websitetoolbox.com/post/new-mesh-dishes-for-c-and-ku-7180517

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I bought a dish from him.  it's now in the garbage can.

Rick Caylor told me I was allowed to voice my displeasure with this guy on this forum.

Don't waste your money.  He uses a fake name.   His name is not John Simpson.

He's actually a Brazilian guy.

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I'm not rushing to defend Tek2000 because the jury is still out for me. For the past ten years I have harvested many great existing dishes in my surrounding area, but I am now having a much harder time. This has not been helped by the solar panel crowd eating up polar mounts and scrappers getting more aggressive. The choices around here have always been on the smaller side, and with the CNR demands of newer signals I reached the point where almost nothing I can find is able to suit my needs.

Thus when Tek2000 offered to sell the mesh panels alone, I bit on a 3.5 m set. Many of the complaints about Tek2000 dishes centered on their mounts, but I have plenty of spare old-school polar mounts and pieces (and Ajak motors!). No reason to pay for and ship another one.

The purchase arrangements with Tek2000 went smoothly, and the shipping was reasonably efficient. The panels were packed in several layers of cardboard with enough tape to reach the moon. There appeared to be no shipping damage.

The mesh on these dishes is not slipped into channels like traditional BUDs use. It is simply riveted to the supporting ribs. While this is likely done only to save cost, my initial measurements show this results in a much truer surface, which I need for my Ku-only project. The downside is there are exposed mesh edges that catch on just about anything. Where this was a problem, I simply added rivets. The panels went together fine, although there was one bolt hole that didn't line up. That was easy to fix. I've done several basic tests to check the dish specs, shape, and trueness, and all appeared fine.

My polar mount is ready and I'm awaiting the fabrication of custom U-bolts to attach the pole to the house. I'm also doing several very unique things that I hope to report on in the near future, but the bottom line is the dish is not installed and operating, yet. Until then I can't say whether this will be a success or not, but so far I have no complaints with Tek2000.

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@cdnbri

If you don't mind me asking what exactly did you find about his dish that made it unusable for you?  The dishes shipped over the last year or two have been much better quality from what I gathered than the original dishes.  I'm probably going to be getting a dish in the next month or so.  Yes, I know they are from China and not the best quality however it appears that you do get what you've ordered and that the quality control has improved since he started selling them.  As far as the guy supporting hackers in order to sell dishes doesn't matter to me that much.  That is on him and his conscience.  If there was someone that was totally FTA then I would buy from them but unless you want a commercial dish paying thousands of dollars it appears that Tek is the only one offering new dishes at a reasonable price.
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Hi Doug/Arion,

Let's start with the holes not being aligned up when assembling the parabola.  Have a drill handy cause you're going to have to drill to make the holes bigger to make the screws fit.  Or even drill new holes in some places.

My polar mount was bent and misshapen, so my buddy and I had to hammer the polar mount ends to make the parabola fit.  The polar mount was welded in multiple pieces to make an oval.  The polar mount ideally should just be one piece of metal, not multiple pieces welded together to form an oval.

The paint started peeling off the polar mount after a week, and started rusting.

And finally, the pole is a flimsy piece of junk that started to bend within two weeks of putting up the thing.  NEVER BUY THE POLES FROM HIM.  GO TO A METAL SHOP, AND BUY A POLE FROM THEM.

My friend who helped me out is an engineer, and said that this was the worst project he's ever come across in his life.  

Just go on Craigslist and look for a used dish, or drive around looking for dishes on residential or commercial properties.  The first assumption of the seller is that you want the dish for it's scrap metal value.  Explain to them that this is not the case.  I would pull out my Ham Radio License to show them that I was going to use it as an Antennae, which I technically am.


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Thanks for taking the time to get back with me, I appreciate it.  One more question.  How long ago did you get that dish?  Going only from what I've read the first generation of those dishes were in fact junk.  Apparently the dishes they are selling now have been improved quite a bit and are more 'beefy' from reviews I've read.  Unless it's just the guy seeding reviews of his own stuff...don't know.
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Thanks for taking the time to get back with me, I appreciate it.  One more question.  How long ago did you get that dish?  Going only from what I've read the first generation of those dishes were in fact junk.  Apparently the dishes they are selling now have been improved quite a bit and are more 'beefy' from reviews I've read.  Unless it's just the guy seeding reviews of his own stuff...don't know.


I bought one of these 12' dishes.  The cap on the female slip pipe sheered off, and the angle steel that holds the pivot arm sheered off.  After only 3 months, my new dish laid on its side and badly warped from the fall. (antenna support arms bent)  Mount was trash.  Dish warped.  I found a replacement mount, tried to fix dish, but now it has trouble performing as well as my 10'.  I've seen pictures of recent tek2000 dishes, and i can tell you the mount is still JUNK.

The mesh antenna performed well before its humpty dumpty fall.  But, regarding the mount, the metal they use for the mounts is WAY to THIN.  The mount failed in about 20-30mph winds.  My 10' foot dish has survived for 5 years with 40+ mph winds. Ps, with the new mount the 12' dish surfed through this last winter.  I will make a new attempt this summer to gain more signal from the tek2000 mesh antenna.

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Thanks for taking the time to get back with me, I appreciate it.  One more question.  How long ago did you get that dish?  Going only from what I've read the first generation of those dishes were in fact junk.  Apparently the dishes they are selling now have been improved quite a bit and are more 'beefy' from reviews I've read.  Unless it's just the guy seeding reviews of his own stuff...don't know.


Hi Doug,

I bought it last year.  One of the worst decisions of my life.

There's no such thing as "beefed up" versions.  He's trying to get rid of his supply of junk to anybody who inquires about it.

Good luck with finding a new dish.  When you do locate a used dish, make sure to take as many pics as you can with your smartphone before dismantling.  Also, labeling the individual pieces with a marker will help out greatly.  For example #1 should attach to#2 to #3 etc. etc. Also bring along a couple of ziploc bags too and label the ziploc bags with a marker to indicate where the screws should go.  This will help out immensely when putting it back together.





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I bought one of these 12' dishes.  The cap on the female slip pipe sheered off, and the angle steel that holds the pivot arm sheered off.  After only 3 months, my new dish laid on its side and badly warped from the fall. (antenna support arms bent)  Mount was trash.  Dish warped.  I found a replacement mount, tried to fix dish, but now it has trouble performing as well as my 10'.  I've seen pictures of recent tek2000 dishes, and i can tell you the mount is still JUNK.

The mesh antenna performed well before its humpty dumpty fall.  But, regarding the mount, the metal they use for the mounts is WAY to THIN.  The mount failed in about 20-30mph winds.  My 10' foot dish has survived for 5 years with 40+ mph winds. Ps, with the new mount the 12' dish surfed through this last winter.  I will make a new attempt this summer to gain more signal from the tek2000 mesh antenna.


I feel your pain.[frown]  I feel like he stole my money, and time by putting up his so called "dish".
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