What can I do with a satelite dish?

TiMacLover

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Original poster
Aug 10, 2001
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Clovis, CA USA
Mom shut our Dish TV off and now we have cable and they don't want the Dish back so its mine, what can I do with it? Anything like I can use It?
 

britboy

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Nov 4, 2001
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Kent, UK
you could stick in the garden, fill it with water, and leave it as a bird bath.

You could use it as a frisbee

Or, you could turn it into a star ship

There are endless uses for stuff like that.... :D :D
 

matznentosh

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Apr 11, 2002
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Use it as a sound collector to snoop on your neighbor's conversations. Any parabola will work.
 

BarneyR

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May 2, 2002
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Honolulu
Use the dish to extend Airport range!

TiMac Lover-

The dish can be used to extend the range of Airport wireless reception up to several miles! Go here for more info:

Practically Networked's page on Wireless Networking Reference - Antennas / Range Boosting

If you're at all handy with tools and curious, you (or a buddy) will soon be experimenting with extending the range of wireless transmissions. I assume from your handle that you have a Titanium Powerbook. If you have an Airport card installed in a TiBook, you know the range sucks and might be curious about what can be done about it. A PCMIA Orinoco card, possibly with a range extender is a practical way to boost your reception. But, heck, that dish can, under the right circumstances and with a little work, extend your range accross town! Though a Pringles can might be more portable!

If you're not interested yet, hold on to it. One of your buddies will be interested.
 

mcrain

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Feb 8, 2002
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Illinois
Dishnetwork or DirecTv?

I'm sure if you do some research on the net you can find some interesting uses for it.

;)
 

AlphaTech

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Oct 4, 2001
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Natick, MA
Use it as a salad bowl, or as a large dish for chips and dip. Use it as a large hat, for when it is really raining out there. You could also use it as the top section of a droid, if you are building one.

Otherwise, put an ad up and see if anyone wants to purchase it from you.
 

mymemory

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May 9, 2001
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Miami
Do a solar barbicue grill!!!

When I was young I saw 3-2-1- Contact! and they took one of those things, put aluminum around it and in the middle they placed a chicken and it cook it!

The problem is that you can not do barbicue at night with it.

Or, you can dig a hole in your back yard, place the unit there, cover it up, and forget about it.
 

Mr. Anderson

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Nov 1, 2001
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VA
This might be a little more practical than the earlier post, but you could sell it and keep the money. I'm sure someone might need a new one to replace one that got damaged?

I love those clips britboy, nice!