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Mesh vs Solid Dish

Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:26 pm
by eric
Do you guys use mesh or solid?

Re: Mesh vs Solid Dish

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:32 pm
by sepd
Size makes all the difference. I recommend a 10ft Mesh dish to newbies. You will NOT be disappointed.

Re: Mesh vs Solid Dish

Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:56 pm
by tedsat
In my experience, a mesh dish is a better investment overall.

First, mesh dishes come in 10ft and 12ft sizes and aren't that heavy. You'll be hard pressed to find a solid 10ft or 12ft dish and if you do, it probably weighs like 500lbs!

Second, a mesh dish offers a reduced wind load.

Third, mesh dishes don't rust (at least not as badly) as solid dishes. Over time, a solid dish will rust completely, whereas only the frame of the mesh dish may rust. The panels are usually made of aluminum and don't rust. Any rust on the frame you can touch up with some spray paint.

The only down side to mesh is for ku reception. If some of your rivet pop out of the panels, your signals will start to get distorted, especially for ku reception. This will happen over time. A brand new mesh dish will work well for both C and Ku reception. But after a couple of winters, ice will build up around the rivets and "push" the mesh out. In the summer, the mesh will pop back in and so on. These slight distortions will build up after a few years and you will start to notice a degradation in Ku reception. The only thing you can do is repair the mesh with a rivet gun.