Uses for an old DirecTV dish?

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Uses for an old DirecTV dish?

Postby Gangrif » August 29th, 2011, 8:13 am

After switching satellite providers, i find myself in possession of an otherwise useless DirecTV satellite dish.

Is there anything interesting I can do with this thing? Or is it just junk?

Thanks!
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Re: Uses for an old DirecTV dish?

Postby asheets » August 29th, 2011, 10:21 am

I've done or seen the following done with spare DirecTV dishes:

1) sell the feedhorn on ebay for about $10
2) re-aim the dish and feedhorn to a satellite offering free-to-air or similar service
3) replace the feedhorn with something appropriate for 802.11, and experimente with long-distance WiFI
4) installed a 1691MHz feedhorn, downconverter, etc, and built a GOES/MeteoSat geosynchronous weather satellite reception station.
5) As #4, but add azimuth and elevation motors so that you can pick up the hi resolution pictures from polar-orbiting NOAA satellites on 1701MHZ
6) get an FCC (or equivalent) amateur radio operator's license and operate a 1296, 2304, or 3456 Mhz propagation beacon.
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Re: Uses for an old DirecTV dish?

Postby Drake » August 29th, 2011, 12:03 pm

7) Get some mylar and make a parabolic mirror for fun in the sun
8) Repurpose it into a bird bath
9) #3 but on a rotating platform on your car
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Re: Uses for an old DirecTV dish?

Postby Seba » August 29th, 2011, 7:45 pm

10) Put a microphone and use it to spy your neighbours
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Re: Uses for an old DirecTV dish?

Postby UAirLtd » August 29th, 2011, 9:22 pm

11) Cover in tinfoil (or other reflective material) and use it as a solar concentrator/AKA "solar death ray"
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