Spent many days scouring the internet (and the garden) for sources of cheap materials. Found a dish for about a third of the price of the place I was first directed. Bought some very sturdy T&K brackets for £9.00 as opposed to the £30.00 some places were charging (and they were not weak and shoddy either). Savings are occurring and I thought a step at this stage would be to join GEO, the Group for Earth Observation who, not only have bags of information available and a quarterly journal, but also sell some of the more exotic bits and pieces that I will need.

http://www.geo-web.org.uk/

Subscription paid for and now I need something to attach a satellite dish to.
Digging around the less well-tended parts of the garden brings up a decent length of sturdy scaffolding pole.

Another saving, hoorah!

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