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Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by KD0EHZ, Jul 15, 2008.

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  1. KD0EHZ

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever converted a DirecTV dish for ham radio use? I pulled an old dish (standard DirecTV size) off of a building where I work (they we going to through it away), and thought I could use it for some sort of ham radio communications. Any suggestions? Has anyone come across a good website or book? Thanks!

    73s,
    Adam KDØEHZ
     
  2. K8WPJ

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    I've seen them used for Wifi network hunting...

    I would suppose Ghz band ham radio use would be possible, tho I've never seen it done...
     
  3. WB2WIK

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    I believe it might be useful for 80m DXing.

    If you read what's here:

    unwinantennas.com

    I believe he implies that if you wrap the little dish with a mile of magnet wire and figure out how to couple to that, you have an effective antenna.:)

    Make sure to keep it in equilibrium, though. If you upset that, the balance of life as we know it on this planet could be in peril.

    I think.

    Or maybe not.;)

    WB2WIK/6
     
  4. WA6MHZ

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    They are useful for 10Ghz and work quite well, but you have to make a new feed for it resonant at 10G. I have one I am planning to do that with, and have a 10 Ghz transverter ready to hook up to it, but it is one of those things I have to get around to. Most 10G work is done portable in the field, so some sort of tripod has to be made up to support it and allow for precision pointing. An regular camera tripod won't do, you need a really heft one, but still portable, as the mountaintops are usually quite windy. Also need an accurate compass rose on it as that is crucial. So, if you want to get into 10Ghz, you have your first and one of the most important pieces!
     
  5. K8MHZ

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    I was under the impression that it has been for quite some time now.......
     
  6. KA0HCP

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    Hold onto the dish for 3-5 years and you can use it for ops on the geostationary satellites that will be launched. Expected bands are around 5 Ghz. Checkout the AMSAT site for info.

    Bill
     
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