BIG DISH Re Installation Project.
This is a quick overview of an exciting
new Project that I'm driving...
I recently purchased a pair of surplus Uplink Dishes at
One is a VERTEX 9.3 Metre, Ku Band and the other is an
ANDREWS 7.5 Metre, C Band.
Through the generosity of Michael - VK3MM, these Dish
will soon be "re-installed" on his Farming property in
I am MOST grateful for Michael's generous offer !!!!
This is a huge Project.
disassembled Dish was in it's own 40 Foot
I then had both Containers "trucked" from near Sydney
down to Michael's Farm.
The orders of scale are nothing like I have ever tackled
The Dish surface on the 9.3 Metre alone weighs more than
2000 Kilo's and the supporting Pedestal is 1500 Kilo's.
We already have our Planning Permit but to allow circa
360 Degrees of Azimuth requires
the Azimuth and Support structure to be
Once we have our Engineering Drawings approved... then
we can look to get the extensive Footings built.
The initial Plan is to install the 9.3 Metre and get it
Operational. The 7.5 Metre can follow later.
After Installation, the plan is to "scan the heavens"
looking for signals from sources like Pulsars, Quasars
and other celestial objects.
The hope is also to be able to monitor the Telemetry of
some Man Made Satellites too.
Eventually, it is our Plan to deliver Remote Operation
of this Facility via the Internet and to make this Dish
available for use by "any"
Amateur Radio Club worldwide.
Here are a few Photo's of this Dish Hardware....
This is a photo of the 9.3 Metre VERTEX before it was
Note the small Car in the foreground.
After both 40 Foot Containers arrived @ the Farm,
Michael used his Tractor to drag the 9.3 Metre to it's
new "home" !
This is a montage of Photo's showing the extraction of
the 9.3 Metre Dish hardware from the Container.
Note the huge Cassegrain !!
More updates to this Webpage will follow in the coming