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Author Topic: Using old Satellite dishes  (Read 1092 times)
ONAIR
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« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2007, 02:43:38 PM »

    You can also use them as reflectors for outdoor lights if you glue some aluminum foil onto the inner surface, or paint it white or silver!
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2007, 02:44:30 AM »

I think you're getting the idea... they're not very good for anything outside the intended use.

WRT WiFi, I have wireless links running long distances on 24dBi dishes that cost... $50.  They all look at a vertical whip antenna, 12dBi with a 3 degree electrical downtilt.  Works like a champ.

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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2007, 11:28:13 AM »

"I think you're getting the idea... they're not very good for anything outside the intended use.
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Of course, you could always put together a microwave station and use them.


That's the intended use ;-)
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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2007, 01:52:28 PM »

Sounds like there is not to many ideas on this. I have found that the mounting has more possibilites than the dish itself. Tnx all for answering anyway. Bill
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« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2007, 05:54:34 PM »

I saw a guy who took 4 or 5 of them  laid flat and made a really nice little watter fall for his bird garden..
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« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2007, 12:12:47 AM »

   You can also use them to make a homemade "boot" for your car so no one can steal it!
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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2007, 11:53:28 AM »

These dishes are in very common use by the microwave crowd.  I have one I picked up for $10 that I use on 10 GHz weak-signal modes.  Very nice dish; the offset feed dishes are preferable because the feed is out of the way of the visible area of the dish.

If you have the feedhorn that comes with it, it's a relatively simple matter to place the feed for your band of choice at that location.

See the W1GHZ On-Line Antenna Book for more info:

http://www.w1ghz.org/antbook/contents.htm

73, Zack W9SZ
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