So there's this dish...

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by AA9G, Aug 23, 2014.

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  1. AA9G

    AA9G Ham Member QRZ Page

    mounted to my house and left behind by a previous owner. It's one of the small ones, DTV I think. Doe's anyone know of anything ham useful that could be done with it?
  2. K8XW

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    Bird bath

  3. W9GB

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    The 18 to 24 inch satellite dishes are designed for reception from High power satellite transmitters 10 - 13 GHz.

    Amateur Radio operators have many allocations above 1 GHz.
    When OSCAR 40 (AO-40) was operational,
    these dishes were a very popular conversion for 2.3 GHz reception (telemetry beacon, linear transponder).

    VHF/UHF amateur radio experimenters adopt these for 10 GHz and 24 GHz usage.
    European Radio Amateurs are more enthusiastic about these frequencies.

    Paul Wade, W1GHZ : 10 GHz and Above enthusiasts web page.

    Paul also wrote articles on how to convert the LNB (Low Noise Block downconverter) for amateur usage.

    What is a LNB ??
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2014
  4. K7MEM

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    I used one to extend my WiFi in the house to the barn. I ripped out the LNB and replaced it with a antenna element. Then ran some RG-6 to the computer. It worked pretty well but I have now replaced it with a small yagi.

    The previous owner for my current house left behind a large 10-12' dish. I had no use for it so I gave it to a neighbor to use as a fish pond.
  5. KE4VNC

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    remove the lnb and coat the surface with mylar - solar soldering iron. wear welding goggles though
  6. KC8VWM

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    Ah yes... fun with a camera tripod with a direct tv dish mounted on top. :)

    Wifi dish to link wifi from the shack PC to the wireless router in the house. (about 150' away)
  7. K8JD

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    I put a little microfone at the focal point and used a battry powered amp and eaprhones to listen to everything around the neighborhood. birds, kids, traffic , dogs brking a mile away. Very directional.
  8. W9GB

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    Robert Suding, W0LMD was very active a decade ago at Central States VHF/UHF, and AMSAT conferences
    in the usage of "Big Ugly Dishes" (BUD) and surplus 18" - 24" satellite dishes (Primestar, DISH, DirecTV).

    He had a dedicated web page ( for the DIY Builder (AMSAT, EME, meteor scatter, radio astronomy, etc.)...
    that web page was taken down a few years ago --

    Paul Wade, W1GHZ analyzed the DIY feed ("L" and "S" band) for these dishes.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  9. W9GB

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    Here is what is possible -- Use the Internet Wayback Machine !!!

    Various amateur radio stations using dishes for EME, satellite, or weak signal VHF/UHF/Microwaves

    Robert Suding, W0LMD -- Dishes he has built or converted for other radio amateurs.

    Dish Rotators

    First Photo
    30" x 20" DirectPC dish on big gear and mini tracker arm mount

    Second Photo
    24" (60 cm) Direct TV dish with 5 1/2 turn Helix feed into AIDC 3731 downconverter on Bowling Ball mount,
    made for AO-40 mobile operation.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  10. KB2FCV

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    Thanks for the links! I saw some good ideas at some of those links. I'm working on getting a 10 foot TVRO dish setup for EME on 1296. I'm still working on some construction items (brackets, plates, etc) but should be playing with az-el control in the basement for the winter project if all goes to plan.

    I know some folks have played on the higher ghz ranges with the smaller dishes. My neighbor just took one off his house.. I should see if he still has it.. could be fun to mess around with.
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