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Old 09-15-2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Source for satellite dish bracket?

Hi all! I'm a newb. I did a search to try and find existing answers to this question, but no luck. So apologies if this has been answered somewhere before, and thanks in advance!

We bought a used Hughesnet dish, antenna, modem, cables and tripod off of eBay. However, we do not have... a bracket?... to connect the dish to the antenna, and then mount all of that on the tripod. I have been surfing the web for days and have had a heck of a time getting a lead on a bracket, much less what kind of bracket would fit the system we have. I wrote down every number I could find off of the dish and the antenna, but can't seem to find a source that will help me match a bracket to the information that I have. Do you know of any resources I can use to source a bracket, so I can finally get this mobile internet party up and running? Thank you SO MUCH.
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:59 PM   #2
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Unhappy AZ/EL cap

Ok, I figured out the name of the part - the AZ/EL cap.

I cannot find this part for sale by itself anywhere. Can anyone help? Any tips? Sources? I'm going crazy looking!
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:03 PM   #3
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Try Hughesnet. At least in theory, they should have an azimuth/elevation bracket.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #4
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If you can not get one from Directv and this is what you are looking for less the L&B I would sell it for $25.00 S&H included.
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You might want to call Hughesnet immediately to find out whether you can activate this equipment. Sat companies are very picky about used equipment and will not activate any equipment except their new installs. Also, are you trying to have sat. internet, or sat TV. They are two different dishes and set up entirely.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:33 PM   #6
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thanks REALLY GOOD INFO
We are having problems with our old tv antenna and are thinking of goin sat. I didn't know TV and Internet took two different antennas.
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There are sat/internet sat dishes on the market. However, hughesnet is sat/internet only. We have hughesnet sat/internet in NC, since we did not have cable or DSL. The RV industry has many dishes to allow sat TV and internet and are going through changes since HD in the mix. TracStar and others have combos of both, or you can get Sat only with HD.

Campingworld is a good source. It just depends on how much you want to spend, etc. Trying to initiate used equipment is always fun. Then you have to determine weather you are going DISH or DirectTV, they have their own receivers that you would connect to the satellite. Now that there are great HD antennas, why go sat (digital) when you can get great TV in most areas free.

Enough said, good luck on getting it all to install and work.
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thanks REALLY GOOD INFO
We are having problems with our old tv antenna and are thinking of goin sat. I didn't know TV and Internet took two different antennas.
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If you consider Sat. for your trailer do not go with a roof mounted antenna unless you are sure you are going to camp in a field. Roof systems cost considerably more than a free standing one and limit where you can camp. Not worth it.

If you are only interested in the local channels, no sat channels, just go with a new converter box for digital. The signal is better than sat. and is free.

As for internet it is rapidly becoming cheaper just to have an internet card in your computer. There are still a few dead zones but the speed is better in those areas that are covered.
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"it is rapidly becoming cheaper just to have an internet card in your computer"

I haven't seen anything cheaper than $55-60 per mth. Are there better prices available now for computer/cell internet?

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We bought a used Hughesnet dish, antenna, modem, cables and tripod off of eBay. However, we do not have... a bracket?... to connect the dish to the antenna, and then mount all of that on the tripod..
I am pretty sure I have the diagram for one of those. You will need to have that part fabricated. Send me a pvt message and I will email you the diagram.
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"it is rapidly becoming cheaper just to have an internet card in your computer"

I haven't seen anything cheaper than $55-60 per mth. Are there better prices available now for computer/cell internet?

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Last price I saw was Sat. Internet runs $90.00+ per month and is limited by line of sight and if Directv may also be limited to within the USA as they limit Sat. tv that way.
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@HowieE - thanks for the offer, but no, that is not what we are looking for. We have the antenna already. Just need an AZ/EL cap, which seems to be a bracket that bolts onto the back of the dish, supporting both the dish and the antenna and holding them attached to the tripod. The bolts are in a pentagonal shape.

Alas, since it has been so hard to source this one part, we are going to sell our HughesNet dish, antenna, modem, wires and tripod and go with a Starband system. We found a system through eBay, through seller 3dalmations3. The system is complete, so we shouldn't be looking for any parts, thank goodness. I am a little sketched out about the process, though. The seller seems to believe that eBay rules have changed, and that PayPal will not release funds until we leave feedback. The seller wants payment before they send the sat, and have asked us to leave feedback before we receive our purchase. Um, red flags?
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Alas, since it has been so hard to source this one part, we are going to sell our HughesNet dish, antenna, modem, wires and tripod and go with a Starband system. We found a system through eBay, through seller 3dalmations3. The system is complete, so we shouldn't be looking for any parts, thank goodness. I am a little sketched out about the process, though. The seller seems to believe that eBay rules have changed, and that PayPal will not release funds until we leave feedback. The seller wants payment before they send the sat, and have asked us to leave feedback before we receive our purchase. Um, red flags?
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There are no rules in E Bay or Pay Pal that suggest feedback be set before shipment. Look at his feedback history. The only reason someone would ask for this is he knows there are problems with his item.

Feedback is left after you are satisfied.

You can contact E Bay and get out of the contract with this requirement presented by the seller.
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@HowieE - thanks for the offer, but no, that is not what we are looking for. We have the antenna already. Just need an AZ/EL cap, which seems to be a bracket that bolts onto the back of the dish, supporting both the dish and the antenna and holding them attached to the tripod. The bolts are in a pentagonal shape.

Alas, since it has been so hard to source this one part, we are going to sell our HughesNet dish, antenna, modem, wires and tripod and go with a Starband system. We found a system through eBay, through seller 3dalmations3. The system is complete, so we shouldn't be looking for any parts, thank goodness. I am a little sketched out about the process, though. The seller seems to believe that eBay rules have changed, and that PayPal will not release funds until we leave feedback. The seller wants payment before they send the sat, and have asked us to leave feedback before we receive our purchase. Um, red flags?
My boss 'gave' me a DirecWay system (receiver, dish, etc.). I will look at it, and photograph, the dish portion to see if there is anything you might want off of it.

As far as ebay goes, don't deviate from what ebay has put in place. They will hold the funds. I have dealt with people that don't have a problem with that. If they do have a problem, beware.
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