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Vol. 3 - No. 7


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Do you have trouble reading the elevation and skew / tilt scales stamped into the satellite dish?  If so, I have an easy solution to this problem and one that will make satellite dish setup even easier.

Start by removing the section(s) of your dish that have the degree settings stamped into the metal.  On my Dish 500 both the elevation and skew / tilt are stamped into one piece.  Other dishes may have two, separate pieces.  It is easier to make this modification with the parts removed from the dish.

For this project you will need the dish part(s) mentioned above, some black paint, some paint thinner or solvent (not shown), a small, artist type paint brush and a soft, clean rag.  I used an old handkerchief and cut it into 5-6 smaller pieces. 

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Use the brush to fill in all the characters stamped into the metal.  Work the paint into each indent and cover the surface as in the photo to the left.

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When painted, your scale should look like the one to the right.  Do not let the paint dry.  Proceed to the next step.

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Fold one piece of the cut up cloth into a tight wad with no loose ends.  Use the cloth to wipe the paint off the surface.  Don't press too hard, as the objective is to leave the paint in the indents and just wipe the surface.  Make one wipe and refold the cloth to get a clean surface and wipe again.

Then use another clean cloth, damp but not soaked with solvent, to remove the black film from the metal.

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When completed, your markings should look like those on the right and be much easier to read during dish setup.

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