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Creative Uses for Satellite Dish?

topic posted Tue, March 1, 2005 - 10:11 PM by  Mmmonte
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What alternative and creative uses have you seen for old satellite dishes. I moved into a place that had one, and I didn't need it, but I did need a place for my bird to shit.
The Dish is PERFECT! See picture I uploaded to this tribe's photo page.
What ideas do you have?
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Mmmonte
Sacramento
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  • Re: Creative Uses for Satellite Dish?

    Wed, March 2, 2005 - 6:09 PM
    How about using the reflector as part of a parabolic microphone..
    mount a mic at the focus and hook it to a tape recorder ..
    listen in on people in the park ....
    • Re: Creative Uses for Satellite Dish?

      Wed, March 2, 2005 - 8:05 PM
      Great Idea! I will see if I can score another dish somewhere. I want to use it from my front lawn. I will point it at people on the sidewalk or in other houses. It would help me meet new people, and provide a character test at the same time. How they respond to a big ugly satellite dish microphone recording their conversations would tell me as much about them as what I overhear them saying.
      • Re: Creative Uses for Satellite Dish?

        Fri, August 4, 2006 - 8:59 PM
        Hi folks:

        Admittedly, I will not likely be around on this thread much, but I just have to show you what I use dishes for. I'm not quite up on this Tribe thing, but I think you can click on my profile and see my tricycle. The front wheel is made of two 8 foot dishes -- the name Bird View comes to mind, but I'm not sure. The rear wheels are 6 footers -- True Focus, I think. The sport is called Kinetic Sculpture Racing.

        I also have a pair of Bird Views rigged like a flying saucer as a Halloween decoration.

        Build something with those fabulous things -- don't just let birds poop on them! ;-)

        Most cordially,
        Elliot
        • Re: Creative Uses for Satellite Dish?

          Sun, August 27, 2006 - 10:46 AM
          The DEFCON Wifi Shootout is a contest held at DEFCON, which, in turn is a hacker convention on the west coast. The objective of the contest is to get a Wifi signal to work from the greatest distance. Either this year or last, can't remember which, the winner used two large diameter dishes, and they hit a distance of over 100 miles (but I don't remember how much over).

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