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Old 09-25-2006, 09:25 AM   #15
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I think Norm has it....Looks like you had your mind made up already which is ok, but Norm reinforces the decision for you....

In the lower of the 48, the Kingdome works fine for us, glad you have an option to turn to and I wish you luck with it.

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HD is not the prime mover for me; but when you have 2/3's of what you need, it seems logical to get the other 1/3. To answer the issue about a conversion kit; Phil, at WRV who is kind of the one responsible for this system tells me that there is no conversion available for my setup. The HD conversion available from WRV is using the Trac King dish setup. For Oregon Coyote, I am very aware of Mist. My wife grew up in St. Helens and years ago, her father served as city attorney for Vernonia. You know we both could pick out a drier location to spend our time. By the way, when I have used the portable dish, I don't ever recall a time when I lost a picture because of weather. Because I spend so much time around trees, I use it quite often. Like someone else said, my TV is important and to dig out a remote or climb on the roof to regain a picture is a drag and it happens in the middle of football game!!!

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By the way, thanks to Bob Gregory and all the others for your input. This thread filled up quickly; a lot faster than my satellite can find a signal!!!!!!
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:32 PM   #18
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Lundy: FYI-My present home-- forty acres just west of Staley's at 26/47, is what I am selling to buy an Alpine. Then I will operate out of my just purchased cabin/13 acres on Old Vesper 77 just west of Birkenfeld. My wife of 48 years always wanted a fishin' hole on the Nehalem-- but C ended that dream last Dec. Now I will need to fish and Alpine solo.

The difference in signal strength you have experienced between your Kingdome and remote (I assume you mean a portable dish) is due to the difference in dish size-- the bigger the dish the more gain.

But I do have a cheap solution for those times you are largely stationary--though you will likely think it is a "Rube Goldberg" solution. But it does work by taking advantage of your distance from the satellite 25,000 miles above Texas-- which means the bird is at a low elevation with a very narrow beam from your perspective.

Build a lightweight hood that is open on one side facing the satellite and angled upward See Diagram. Point the hood using the azimuth you use with the portable dish (Seattle 146 degrees). The upward angle of the top of the hood should use the elevation used with the dish plus 5 degrees to compensate for the true angle of the satellite (40 degrees should work from Seattle). Build the length of the hood so that rain will not hit the dome-- unless the rain is blowing sideways. This may also cure an early morning NW dew.

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