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AT9 Mounting Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by oblio98, Mar 5, 2006.

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  1. oblio98

    oblio98 Legend/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I have a few questions about mounting an AT9 5 LNB Antenna

    I need to put it in my yard, in the ground, due to trees there is no way it can go on my house. I currently have a 3 LNB Dish installed on a Pressure Treated beam that is in the ground in cement that I put there 3 or so years ago.

    Can I just put an AT9 where the existing dish is? Do I need a bigger post? Is there a mast that I can buy that is preferred for this unit?

    As for wiring, the current dish has 2 RG6 cables that go from the post to the house and they run underground. Will I need to run additional cables in the ground, or can I put the switch on the pole/post?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Larry_Rymal

    Larry_Rymal AllStar

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    You can use your existing pipe, but you'll need to sleeve it so that it is about 2 1/8" OD or so, or install an adapter.

    Assuming your RG6 coax is in good shape, you should be able to use this. My old coax was in horrible shape and I used it until I decided it was time to just replace it.
     
  3. w6fxj

    w6fxj DBSTalk Club Member

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    The size of the AT9 dish support pole is 2.00 inched outside diameter. The dish is larger and heavier that the old dishes. It needs to be firmly mounted to prevent the Ka-band pointing drifting off. Most people mount a 2 inch pipe in the ground with concrete below the local frost line. If your present wooden post is large and can not be moved back or forth, it may do the job.
     
  4. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Treated post cemented post in the ground is perfect. I'm form Northeast PA and the only problem I had with my post(In 6 years)is The big Ice storm in 2005. Tree branch for about 30 feet up fell on the dish and ripped the lag bolts right out of the post.THe dish was done.the post never moved.I went to a local retail shop and buy new dish next day($49.99) and put it right back up.I was watching tv in less then 24 hours... Cable was out for 11 days.so I guess you could say it wasn't the post!
     
  5. dsanbo

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    Exactly....Just to add... the AT-9 is 32 lbs. "light", with a (roughly) 25"X29" reflector, so be SURE that post can't move...if you can, bracing the dish support with monopoles wouldn't hurt....;)
     
  6. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Maybe use through bolts.
     
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