Uses for old Satellite Dish?

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  1. Nel frattempo

    Nel frattempo Well-Known Member

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    Neighbor works for TV satellite company. He has dozens of old "dishes" in his back yard. What can one do with an old Satellite Dish? Thx.
     
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    put it over a hayring to keep the hay dry
     

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    Depending on how large they are: make bird baths or if you have an environment where "good bugs" like to hang out, use them as waterers.
     
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    Coolest thing I ever saw done with those old dishes was to use them as the roofs of screened gazebos. Makes me wish I could find a few big ones free!
     
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    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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    I used a 10 ft one to make a roof for a dog kennel
     
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    I've been looking for one of the big 8 to 10 foot ones to make a solar concentrator with. Line it with reflective foil, make a mount to aim it, and it should be able to melt aluminum.
     
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    Line it with reflective foil, make a mount to aim it, and it should be able to melt aluminum.


    Or .. how about hot water for space heating or in house use ??
    Steam for a small generator ??

    I'm sure I'm nuts, but I'd like to weld four together at right
    angles to another and make a giant anemometer as a verical
    axis wind turbine ..


    Triff ..
     
  9. Nel frattempo

    Nel frattempo Well-Known Member

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    Great ideas! We already have one old small dish and now plan to ask the neighbor to swap another! Thanks
     
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    I have a large old white one, filled the holes with liquid nails, turned it upside down, and it is a watering trough for the critters and it has fish in it.
     
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    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Our big one is aluminum mesh. Don't think it would hold anything. One of our neighbors lined his with moss, filled it with potting soil, and it's a beautiful raised flower bed.
     
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    We donated our to our high school - the physics teacher allows his students to tinker and is always looking for items of use.
     
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  14. mike3367

    mike3367 lost in my own mind

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    as much as people spend on tv it shame you dont use them what they are good for. i still use my cband system and only pay 7.59 a month for my 20 or so channels. www.sykvison.com to see the package
     
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    the smaller ones would make a dandy tin foil hat :D
     
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    radiofish Semper Fidelis

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    Mike3367 - I tried the link for skyvision and received "page not found"... Is that the correct link?? When I got my place here on the hilltop, I inherited a large satellite dish and would like to maybe put it to use. Otherwise, I get 2-3 channels ok, then 3 really fuzzy channels over the air using an outside broadcast antenna.

    Otherwise, I may get around to using it for an amateur "ham" radio experiment using microwaves to communicate with ham satellites and maybe bounce signals off the moon. Yes Ham Radio allows you to do that, with a higher class license....
    Dave KK6ZY
     
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    mike3367 lost in my own mind

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  19. mike3367

    mike3367 lost in my own mind

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    free is nice you can get american life network at x4 99 west channel 603 for free
    it plays lots of old stuff lots of black and white shoes from the 60's. with a dish mover and cband/kuband lnb on a cband system will get you lots of free stuff just have to look for it. there lots of web pages for back hauls and sports feeds that are in the clear if you just search for them