What should I do with my old satellite dish?

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  1. hotwire132002 macrumors 65816

    hotwire132002

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    I have an old Dish Network dish. I switched to Cable, so I'm trying to figure what to do with the dish. Any creative ideas? I'm kinda thinking make a WiFi antenna out of it (I found a tutorial somewhere a while back). Otherwise, anyone know if I can pick up Ku-Band with the thing? Or, any better ideas to get some functionality out of the thing?
     
  2. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    linky
    10 miles line of sight. :D
    edit: I didn't know you already had wifi plans
    You could make a Gazebo
     
  3. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a

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    You can always sell it on Ebay for $15 or $20. People buy those. If you live in a large city, swap meets will buy them for slightly more.
     
  4. hotwire132002 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking WiFi--unless there's a way to recieve a free-to-air Ku-Band signal with it. Anyone know the answer to that one?

    BTW--I can't make a gazebo--it's one of the dinky little 18" or so dishes.
     
  5. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    Fondu pot?
    bird bath?
     
  6. ThomasJefferson macrumors 6502

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    Think healthy.

    Salad Bowl
     
  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Wow, I have one too and I'd love to make it a wifi over the lake....that would be quite cool....I think I'm going to have to try that. :D

    D
     
  8. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps a snow disc?
    You could put a light bulb through it and make a nice lamp.
     
  9. hotwire132002 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I like that idea :D , but I'm still wondering if it's possible to pick up Free-to-air Ku-Band with it (and a new LNB?)
     
  10. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    you could feed your dog out of it or use it to serve food like on the old time warner commercial
     
  11. hotwire132002 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What cracks me up is that I have a Newfoundland--and for anyone at all familar with the breed, if I filled the dish with dog food, he'd have no trouble eating it all :D

    Anyway, sorry to keep repeating this question, but anyone know if the dish can be used to pick up a free-to-air Ku-Band signal (possibly with a diffferent LNB)?
     
  12. echeck macrumors 68000

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    hmmm...Maybe with a different LNB but I still don't think it would work. I have a limited knowledge in this area, even though I use Ku dishes every day (I work at a tv station), I've never really put much thought into using a mini-dish for free Ku... A lot of help I am, eh? ;)

    I still think you should use it as a snow disc. :D

    Or just put it in the back of your closet just in case you ever decide to go back to satellite tv.
     
  13. hotwire132002 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the help! I think I'll have to go on eBay and look around for a Ku-Band dish then. (Our local access station gave me a spare receiver, now I just need a dish!)
     
  14. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    If its the smaller, pizza sized dish, you could try to use it as a frisbee. Or use it as serving plate for food.

    If I were you I'd mount if on top of my car, tune it into a Wi-Fi antenna, and take a laptop and go wardriving. :D
     
  15. hotwire132002 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I like it... I think I'll try it. You win!

    I'm also interested in setting up a Ku-band setup. I know I can't use this dish, but anyone who can help me get going, I have a thread here.
     
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