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In doing a site survey yesterday it looks like I have a clear sky to receive 55W C band. I have a 24 inch actuator and at G19 it is more than 50% extended. I have never been east of AMC6 with my BUD. 55W is past my limit for the eastern part of the arc. My actuator is attached to the right side of the dish when standing beside it. Can the dish mount be loosened and rotated to the east? Would a 36" actuator work in this situation?
Due to the obstruction south of me my arc starts at 107W on the west end & everything east of there has a clear sky. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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You are going to need at lease a 8ft dish or bigger to get signal on 55W C band
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Not sure what you're asking exactly but as a general rule you should fully retract your actuator then loosen its mount so you are just west of your furthest west satellite, 139w.

This way it will take minimum extension to hit your first sat, giving you maximum travel through the arc to your east.

I think a 36" will give you near 100 degrees of travel, so yes that would help but first check to see if the one you have is extended already at 139w.
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you should fully retract your actuator then loosen its mount so you are just west of your furthest west satellite, 139w.

He said that he can't receive anything west of 107° :
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Due to the obstruction south of me my arc starts at 107W on the west end

The best solution for Kermit is to move the actuator to the left side of his dish,
and then make sure that the actuator is fully retracted when he is just east of his easternmost satellite.

To determine his easternmost satellite, use:
https://www.dishpointer.com/

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You are going to need at lease a 8ft dish or bigger to get signal on 55W C band

That depends on where you are in the footprint, and Kermit has a 9' dish IIRC.
I can get both IS34 & IS21 (55.5
° & 58°) on a 6' solid metal dish in FL for example - and that extra half degree of spacing helps.

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Yup I definitely missed that part.

Still if the actuator will slide in it's mount to 108 or 109 degrees I would say no reason to complicate things, assuming of course that dish travel from there doesn't cause the actuator to touch the dish itself.
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All about dish geometry. Size of actuator makes no difference when the dish goes beyond its physical limits. Flopping a dish can ruin an actuator. Some dishes have better mounts when it comes to further travel with no worries than others. Cant put a set number as far as how many degrees one can travel. This really is an individual and location set up.[smile]
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Once you have your actuator fully extended You should be able to loosen the clamp that holds the actuator and move it accordingly to where you need it to get your lowest satillte you want to search for. I would recommend using a 8 ft or bigger dish or you may not get much for signal. It will be easier to move a mesh dish over a fiberglass or solid due to weight difference. Im figuring your using a manual dish positioner for otherwise you will need to reprogram it if it automatically moves the dish when you change the channel.
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Still if the actuator will slide in it's mount to 108 or 109 degrees I would say no reason to complicate things, assuming of course that dish travel from there doesn't cause the actuator to touch the dish itself.

107W (Anik F1R) is practically due south (i.e. the highest elevation satellite) for Kermit, while 55W will be much closer to the eastern horizon.
He needs to move the actuator to the left side of his mount.
You want the actuator mounted on the side of the mount such that it pushes the dish
up from the lowest point, not pulls it up from the opposite side. In other words, you want the actuator mounted on the same side as the lowest satellite. Since his lowest is on the East side, that means the left side.
Just don't forget to reverse the polarity of the motor drive wires (or is it a menu setting in the positioner?).
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