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Moved this discussion from another thread to it's own...
Good Info here...

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I just received this dish as a cast off. I would like to use this one as a fixed install for 127W
Horizons 1. I would like to hear from any one with experience using this dish for Ku.
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Use the search option and write Hughs Net  dish and several posts will show up with some info.
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Boblop: Thanks for the help. Will give the Hughes a try. Think I will get creative with a new LNB and LNB mount.
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I just received this dish as a cast off. I would like to use this one as a fixed install for 127W
Horizons 1. I would like to hear from any one with experience using this dish for Ku.
Thanks...


I recently did a round of testing with a bunch of different castoff dishes. In all testing I manufactured a mount out of flat steel stock and used a 1 1/2 metal conduit holder to hold the lnbf. Of all the dishes I tried the Hughes Net dishes performed the best. I did not try it on 127w so i have no information to share but i can tell you it did not work on 125w for the PBS mux from my location, your mileage may vary. It did pick up Montana PBS, though some said they increased the power output on that transponder. I dont know if it still has boosted power or not.

I did further testing on all dishes and also discovered that the Hughes Net dish is more then acceptable at multi feed. Matter of fact once all of my tests were concluded I was so impressed with the performance of the Hughes Net dish I installed it on the roof of my house and use it stationary to pull in 103w and 97w. I had a third lnbf on it but I opted to remove it because im going to try to pull in 30w with a third dish. If I get the opportunity in a bit ill snap a pic of it on the roof and post it. Until then ill share photos of the home made brackets I used. Its important to measure the angles and distance from the reflector the factory lnbf sits. 

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And here is an example of a modified Dish 500. It works, but a larger reflector is always better. 

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https://rickcaylor.websitetoolbox.com/post/hughes-net-and-pbs-125w-8149311?highlight=hughes+net+dish

Look at post #4. I see some value from a Hughes Net dish but you need real dish tuning skills.

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I need to try one of these dishes again outside of town. IM fairly certain there is some sort of terrestrial interference because i have had other weird tuning issues here as well. I spent quite a bit of time messing around with the location and placement of the lnbf. I could almost pull in both the PBS mux on 125 and the LPBS mux on 87 w (Q was bouncing some but wouldnt lock regardless of time spent tweeking). A thought just occurred to me too that I never did try a different receiver other then the sathawk receiver i usually use to tune with. If I come across another Hugesnet dish (which I hope I do) I will be sure to try a different receiver as well. In town i have never been able to lock either PBS mux with anything other then a 90cm or larger (never had a factory fta 80cm dish to try). Ill try again next attempt to see if i can pull it in. Currently I have a repurposed 1m hughesnet dish locked on 125w at the house and a motorized 90cm at the shop for my PBS needs. 

EDIT: I also noticed the lnbf you were using, in all my tests I had plain jane universal lnbfs, that could make a difference too as it appears that lnbf would illuminate the dish surface better then a universal lnbf (im just guessing that the reflector is under illuminated with what im using). I was just using junk i had on hand. Good to know you pulled it in though.

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It takes some careful fine tuning to get but it can be possible. When I watch the spectrum analyzer and move the dish around  you can see "there is no null" between the sat positions with a dish on the small  size. I believe that is issue # one as being the problem If you are getting some signal included with your desired info but from one of the next door sat positions it is gonna be hard to  end up with a clean result and nice s/n numbers from your wanted tp. It was very twitchy getting PBS on the Hughes Net dish but with the view from a spectrum analyzer one could see when all was in the best tuning position.  

If you need another Hughes Net dish I would look over at majortoms curb side stuff.

A spectrum analyzer is a sat meter and the better ones are just that.

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