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DiamondJim

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As many of you know that in mid November of 2015 Bill and I rescued a 10 foot Channel Master solid fiber glass dish from a small town south of Indianapolis. It was at a house that a women just bought and she said "haul it away and it's yours." This fell under the old saying "the best things in life are free." Bill supplied the truck, disassembled the dish and then transported here to West Terre Haute, about a 270 mile round trip. The dish had not been used in years and I had quite a job restoring it. The best part was that the motor and the 18 inch arm still worked after being exposed to the elements for all of those years. I installed the 24 inch arm that I already had and I now get everything from 55w to 139w. It was a labor of love, but I will never do it again. Finally on the 6th of August 2016 with the help of my son in law, my cousin with a friend of his and a friend of my son's we got that monster assembled and mounted. Bill did such a magnificent job of aligning it that in the last year I have not missed a posted feed. Everything that has been posted that I am interested in has come in with good strong signals. A lot of the feeds were stuff that I never would have gotten on the 8 foot solid or the mesh dishes. What I am beating around to is if it wasn't for Bill finding this dish, taking me to get it and helping me assemble it I would not have been able to enjoy this hobby as much I have. I am as excited about this dish as I was when I got my first one in 1983. All I can say is thank you Bill, you don't know how much I appreciate you and what you have done for me.

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You and Bill both get a pat on the back for saving that one.  I was afraid it was going to be scrapped.
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The days of posting I cant get this are over.Congrats Jim and Bill..Fine dish.
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I couldn't believe it when we walked around to her backyard and there covered in moss, which I didn't get a picture of, was a four section 10ft Channel Master SMC still on the 5" O.D. pole. Probably one of the best consumer dishes for surface accuracy ever made. I remember thinking to myself, I never told Jim until now, do we really want to tackle this project? The more we looked at it the more we thought we just couldn't let this one get by as they are very rare finds. We went for it as we saw a challenge and couldn't face ourselves if it beat us!

Jim did a lot of the prep work with setting a 5" O.D. pole for that monster.

The declination setting was a major pain and took us the most time to set. No adjustments except for a slotted hole in the lower mount bracket. If you look at the second picture you'll notice the top bracket is longer than the bottom bracket... that is pretty much the declination offset. Of course back in the day when this dish was made there was never any thought given to adjustments for narrow digital signals. It was designed around 36Mhz wide analog signals where you had a lot of room for error. But with a lot of sweat, patience and a Sathero 200 we got it dialed in.

I would love to find another one just like it!

I'm glad he is getting a lot of use out of it. Just keep in mind Jim as we discussed even some of the best tuned 10ft can have trouble with weak 8PSK and 16APSK. Especially since you are using a Corotor and DRO LNBs, but they are good quality Norsat LNBs. I don't think I would go to the expense of an ortho feed and PLL LNBs at this point. If you ever do I can help you change it out... the WNC switch you are using would work perfect with that setup also.

Jim is a nice guy and enjoyable to be around, always a smile and a kind word. On the other hand I am quiet and a bit reserve so we had a lot of fun together. One of these days when the leaves start to turn I might take a trip out and see him again. The Wabash Valley is pretty in the fall.

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Thanks Bill [wink]. As you remember we were looking for a 10 footer of any kind just to bring home and stick on the existing pole and be done in a day or so. Well, that didn't work out and I can honestly say I am glad it didn't. Yes it was a lot of work and cost me a bit more that I planned, but it was well worth it all. The thing was I didn't get in a hurry and rush things. I took my time and stuck to the step by step plan that  I laid out. The blessing in disguise was when the basement flooded and we had a new drainage system put in. The gentleman that was doing the work was a former big dish owner and an idea of what was going on. I told him there was still a lot of free stuff up there and he couldn't believe it. When he offered to dig the hole at no charge I looked at the sky and said "thank you." That saved me a lot of back breaking work. Then the day we actually assembled it and everything just fell into place.

Yes, Bill is a very quite and reserved man. At first I didn't know how to take him, me with my big mouth and all, that's the Hungarian in me. But over time things smoothed out and we worked very good as a team. As I have said countless times Bill is a good man and I am honored to say he is a good friend that is welcome at my home any time. Thanks again, Buddy.

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PROUD NEW YORK YANKEE FAN SINCE 1960 - CHICAGO BEAR FAN SINCE 1962
NOTRE DAME FAN SINCE 1964 - PHILADELPHIA FLYER FAN SINCE 1973
Big dish since 1983, 10ft Channel Master Fiber Glass Solid, Motorola 922 dish mover, Linkbox 9000, AZ Box Premium Plus, Traxis 3500, Quali TV, 
C & Ku Band-Digital,  DVB S, S2-4:2:0, 4:2:2, 16 & 32 APSK,  HD
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 1970-1974
3708 BMTS, FLT 1462 (ATC), Lackland AFB, TX
351st Security Police Squadron-509th Strategic Missile Wing (SAC), Whiteman AFB, MO
4683rd Security Police Group (ADC), Thule AB, Greenland
INDIANA AIR NATIONAL GUARD 1982-84 181st Civil Engineers, Prime Beef, Hulman Field, IN
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Great Job, guys! [biggrin]
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