1 x motor + bolts ≈ gbp 50
dish + pole + lnb + motor (+ bolts) ≈ 150
depending on the advice I got at Maplin regards compatibility with my Sky minidish.
So, to Epsom, loaded with questions. (Along the lines of "what bolt fits with what clamp?") and come unstuck at pretty much the first hurdle... what's the difference between the 50 and 60 pound motor?
Not one to make things up, the assistant (who I suspect was a manager) went first to the box, then the computer, then called tech support -- which, quite sensibly was vacant on the Sunday between New Year's Day and a Bank Holiday. So he made a final look upstairs for inspiration, before asking me to come back on Tuesday.
Oh. Let's get as many (known) unknowns answered while we're here... whichever motor I buy, will I be able to bolt my minidish to it?
Maplins do a minidish replacement which my man went off to fetch from the attic, so we could check the fixings out. Back he comes with a 50 odd square centimeter box. And the slightly odd question, "Do you really want to keep you existant dish?"
"All the other options would be more expensive, surely?", replies I.
"We have a ready-to-go package with 90cm dish, LNB, motor, all brackets, and a Freesat viewer."
"But that's 150 quid, and it doesn't exist any more" (I've seen such a thing on their Interweb catalogue - disregarded it because of the unnecessary expense of the Freesat box)
"Ah, but we have one in the cellar, and it's 39.99"
To which I try to figure out any reason not to buy it: er, it's 20% off the cheaper motor (in fact it's 33% off the more expensive unit, included) and free *everything else*
Only downside is that a 90cm dish ain't compatible with the S2000 in any way (actually, if I'd expected to be shipping such a box, an appropriate selection of bungies would've done the trick).
Anyhoo, all's set for Boyce and me to point the thing at the horizon, and it's ...
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And then the LJ mobile app just kept on a-crashing... fortunately that's about all I wanted to say for now; the neighbour's roof might prove to provide for some interesting trigonometry to see Astra 2A... I'm not sure how close to the ridge of the roof the Sky dish is actually pointing.