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Retailer Chat, May 4, 2005: some details, locals, etc...

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Darkman, May 4, 2005.

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  1. TNGTony

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    Does 121 or 105' foot print reach that far north? I am nearly certain that 105 does not and even if it does, the Canadian satellite next door will drown it out. I don't know about 121.

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  2. TNGTony

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    BTW, I didn't mention the other soon-to-be must carry locals in the rest of the state of AK. The FCC is supposed to draw up rules for the carriage of the stations and carving up the rest of the state into the three existing DMAs. AK is the only state in the union with a true white area!
    see http://ekb.dbstalk.com/TVMarkets/Maps/alaska[1].gif
    In reality I think there is only one. KYUK in Bethel, AK is the only full power TV station in AK that is not in a defined DMA. But there are several unique low power stations.

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  3. dishbacker

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    I'm still hoping for a picture of JohnH's Dish Farm... I'm guessing he has even more than this (and previous talk of duck tape LNBs I think)...
     
  4. Darkman

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    I saw John's farm in the past... :D
     
  5. wcswett

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    Well, I have 9 dishes, but that's mostly 'cause I use 36 inchers to avoid rain fade. :)

    --- WCS
     
  6. Mike123abc

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    Well it has a footprint that supposedly covers the eastern 3/4 of AK: http://www.ses-americom.com/satellites/amc-15.html

    But, it would be better if Dish were to cover AK/HI from 157, but then again they would need to build a satellite fairly quickly...

    Another option would be for Dish to lease space on another Ku-FSS satellite out over the Pacific somewhere that could hit AK.
     
  7. Darkman

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    That's the same reason that i have all separate plates - to avoid rain fade .. most of mine are 24 inches instead of 18 to start with .. and then i got one 30 inches.. one 36.. and 2 40 inchers.. :)
     
  8. JohnH

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    Dish Farm

    About 14 or 15 there. More on the way.
    Better picture someday.
     
  9. JohnH

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    Seems like 148 reaches Alaska?
     
  10. Darkman

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    Ya.. i think that's the Farm that i was refering to earlier :)

    14 or 15 there and more on the way :lol:

    Better picture someday? (how you mean? - cuz new ones will be bigger.. or?)
     
  11. JohnH

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    That picture is not too swoof.
     
  12. TNGTony

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    E*1 & E*2 reach AK? Hmmm... I know the look angle from 148 would be ideal, but the question is what satellites can actually provide a reliable signal to AK.

    Juneau may be easier to "hit" than Fairbanks since it is much, much further south. I'm just curious what they are going to use and how they are planning to get signal up there.

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    Ohh.. the photograph.. lol.. Better one some day.. - ...i understand now

    And i thought that you were refering to a "better picture on TV" .. hehe :)

    John, that 121 one ...there in the photograph.. - what size is it?
     
  14. JohnH

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    I don't remember where up there, but some have reported getting the HD from 148.
     
  15. JohnH

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    76 cm
     
  16. Pat A

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    I currently have a 0.6 meter antenna pointed at 148 from Anchorage, and am getting signal strengths ranging from upper 50s to the upper 70s depending on the transponder. 148 comes in much hotter than eather 110 or 119.
     
  17. Richard King

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    What a beautiful roof. :D

    How are your big dishes mounted? I will have to see if I can find some pix of the custom flat roof mounts that I used to make for such purposes.
     
  18. Richard King

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    Here's a custom mount that I used to have built for me. I designed it in my then CAD system and took it to a welding shop. I used 1/2"(? I think) steel plate and I beams assembled as you see it. I kept the pole as short as possible to keep the leverage from the wind load down. I probably installed about five dishes on these contraptions. One of them was on the main 747 hanger for Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis (second picture). On the other job shown I had to carry the beams up 6 flights of steps to get them to the roof since they were too long to fit in the elevator and I forgot my beam bender that day (would you call that a mirror?). The dishes are 10' Unimesh. Fun stuff.
     

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  19. JohnH

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    Yes, it is like just walking upstairs. :D

    Actually, existing threaded steel sanitary vents reduced and extended. Drilled holes in the side of the extensions to keep the vent function. Not many homes have this type of pipe in use. There is one more vent which I plan to put a motorized H to H 1 meter dish on.
     
  20. Richard King

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    Neat solution. That would have been interesting here last summer. My house's whole plumbing system would have probably ended up in Chicago. :lol:
     
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