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Satelite Recovery – Lyme

Behind the house - It was nice to see the English countryside again.

Near the new house - It was nice to see the English countryside again.

My mum has recently moved to a new house in a lovely country village near Lyme Regis on the edges of Dorset and Devon. The area is very nice and the house is, ‘in essence’, a very nice little house. Unfortunately, it has some issues. In fact it has a lot of issues. We knew most of these before we bought it but decided (with a very complex budgeting and evaluation I did a few months ago) that it was still a good idea. Amongst the extra problems that turned up, were that the chimney needed replacing. This was taking place at the time I was there and had involved the removal of the satelite dish which was on the old chimney. I was tasked with temporarily hooking the dish back up.

   

Nearby old mill thing.

Nearby old mill thing.

New chimney.

New chimney.

 

The plan was just to bolt it directly to the scaffolding. However, the various available clamps and shackle things were either too big for the dish pole, or too small for the scaffolding poles. The solution, was to mount the garden umbrella stand (a perfect medium diameter) upside down onto the scaffolding and then mount the dish to that. The alignment was done by calculating the magnetic bearing (I think it’s the right-ascension) and using my phone and watch compass to get this direction roughly right. Lacking a signal meter, the fine tuning was done by pointing my mum’s laptop camera at the sky box’s signal screen on the TV, winching my own laptop to the top of the scaffolding and then using Skype to look at the TV through my mum’s laptop’s camera. The slight complication was that the builder was using the winch for a bucket of wet cement at the time. So my poor laptop which has really been put through its paces over the past 4 years, had to be sealed in a bag and put into wet cement, dangling 3 stories above the ground.

Laptop with all my work on, in a bag, at the top of the scaffholding.

Laptop with all my work on, in a bag, at the top of the scaffholding.

Dish.

Dish.

It turned out that the HTC compass is insufficiently accurate even for the first approximation, so some drawing of lines on Google map’s satellite images was used instead.

     

View from the scaffolding. The chimney was massive in the original photos, but stitching them together removed it completely.

View from the scaffolding. The chimney was massive in the original photos, but stitching them together removed it completely.

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