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Rick’s Venture 36" ball screw arrived Monday. It’s a heavy honker, 38 lbs in the box. My EE buddy was able to come over this morning. We spent a while understanding it well before starting. Measure twice, cut once. Got the wiring and hardware figured out. He marked my pole to recover AMC-18 once we were done. Even with two of us, we used a ladder to prop the dish while we made the swap. Took us an hour for that stage.

There was lots of range to the east but limited to the west. He gave me some extra west by redoing the bracket positioning and reseating the hose clamp down the tube. The accordion boot was squeezed way down. As luck would have it that location was bang-on for AMC-10 at 135º. Better luck that there was strong signal at the same freq and close SR as AMC-18’s NBC. Did a blind scan to identify the captures; that’s how I knew it was AMC-10. Clamped it down. I eyeballed the well-known orientation for AMC-18 with an east swing and found my familiar TPs. Figured the ratio for scaling factor: 7.7 clicks per degree with the Uniden. That allows me to find all the rest of my faves with the counter. Total of 2.5 hours.

Some questions:

Even tho we reset the clamps for the western sats I won’t be able to get AMC-8 at 139º. Was this to be expected with the Venture 36” ball screw? Same length as the others. My old actuators got down to the 140’s. Even tho the radio has been moved eastward, there’s still the listing of Alaska mux on AMC-8.

Is there some amperage threshold on this actuator? Eg, if I try to squeeze the boot too much will I get an Actuator Error from the overload?

My buddy assures me that with the mounting design, this heavy arm won’t deform my lightweight dish with its weight. I chose the original modest SuperJack out of this caution.

BTW a few bumps to the east brought back my NBC on the Icecrypt. Same Q of 46% but at this apparent threshold the small difference was enough.

We’ll address the V-Box on another visit.

We much appreciate the advice we were given on this project.


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I have a superjack 36 inch one on my 10 ft dish. Without the actuator plate I can get 37w to 139w.
There's not much left on amc 8. Everything radio wise has moved and will be off AMC 8 soon. Its no big deal not to get it but you should.
How noisy is your venture? I just bought a superjack 24 inch one for my 7.5 dish. Not happy with the venture at all on that dish. Venture going trashy trashy immediately next week.
Alaska mux moved to 115w. No video on 139w currently.
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I have a superjack 36 inch one on my 10 ft dish. Without the actuator plate I can get 37w to 139w. There's not much left on amc 8. Everything radio wise has moved and will be off AMC 8 soon. Its no big deal not to get it but you should. How noisy is your venture? I just bought a superjack 24 inch one for my 7.5 dish. Not happy with the venture at all on that dish. Venture going trashy trashy immediately next week. Alaska mux moved to 115w. No video on 139w currently.


Wow Mike.  Bet there are some folks here who would be happy to take the Venture off of your hands.

I sent you a brand new Venture arm at my cost after you complained to Venture about the noise and you said you tested the new one on the floor and it was just as loud as the one you have and then you sent it back to me.  I am sorry that it is to loud for you.

Hope you are happy with the SuperJack you got.  I used to sell them, as they were good arms.   Then a few years back, the quality of the ones that I got from China was not good.  I had some fail some 30 days in and some that got really loud and decided then that I could not sell them until the quality got better.  Hope you got a real good one and that it is nice and quiet for you.

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Scanner,

You should be able to get AMC 8 to past IS34.

If you have the arm mounted on the West side of the dish, you should retract the arm and then extend it a few counts and then slide it on the Saddle Clamp until you are on AMC 8 and then tighten the clamp down.  Do not over tighten the Clamp.

Then you should be set to travel Far to the East with the 36" arm.

How far down the outer tube in inches do you have the Saddle Clamp?

If you can, snap a couple of pictures and send to me and we should be able to figure out what is going on.

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Thanks Rick. I’ll take the snaps tomorrow. Yes, the arm is on the west side.

It’s hot down here. I’m beat!


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Alaska mux moved to 115w. No video on 139w currently.


The Alaska ARCS mux is still on AMC 8.
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Footprint only covers Alaska and Pacific Northwest.
I can receive it in Northern California.



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Mike,

I do want you to know that myself and many appreciate your involvement in the forum.

If you are not happy with the Venture actuator that you purchased from me, I will give you a refund and send you a box and a return label and you can send it back.

Bobbie and I want any and all of our customers to be happy with what we provide and we try and do the best we can to make that happen.

Thanks,

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Folks, my buddy and I have spent some time with the advice on the Venture 36” ball screw, both on this thread and from Rick himself in personal mail. We’ve done the usual stuff. If we have to drill new holes then I have to consider what the effort would buy me. Not much. AMC-8 has lost its appeal, esp here in Louisiana, far outside the Alaska mux footprint. Lots of programming on AMC-10 but none that I’d use.

My NPR friend told me the motor noise was nothing unexpected during our installation. He didn’t have the time with the old SuperJack for comparison so doesn’t know how that sounded. But this new one was within normal range. We’re both puzzled about Mike’s issues with it  We all respect Mike for his contributions but this may not be a place for concern. As has been fostered on the site, we all must be forgiving of others.

My mow guy bumped his head on the motor this morning. (As a senior gentleman I’ve long since stopped doing it myself.) He didn’t notice the bigger piece. He got used to doing it with the SuperJack. Both arms are the same length but the new one does seem to stick out further into the yard. Could be the mounting bracket location. I calibrated that AMC-11 would be a safe place to park during his visits. We talked. (He didn’t realize how much there was on FTA these days.) So … several of us are adapting to the better equipment.

No, I will not be sending this back. I like have a heavier duty mover. Hopefully it will give me many years of service. I like living here. Having a BUD is a major factor. Wouldn’t be as accepted elsewhere in the country.

I always appreciate the dialogue we have on this site. Thank you all.


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Thanks Scanner!

Thanks Mike for all of your posts and help in the forum.  Were glad you share your talents with all that gather here.

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