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    Antennas - Can I use old Direct TV antenna (maybe with modification)

    Have anyone here ever did DIY antennas?

    Do you know if I can modify my Direct TV dish* to make it work as antenna for me?

    (I don't use Comcast or Direct tv or Dish Network)

    (It already on my roof, so I want to make use of it)
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    Re: Antennas - Can I use old Direct TV antenna (maybe with modification)

    I am not sure if I understood your post, but Ill give it a shot!!!

    You said you want to convert your satellite dish to an over the air antenna right? That is not possible because satellite dishes and over the air antennas use different frequencies.
    However you can build your own DIY antenna, its super easy.
    you can search on youtube for "DIY OTA antenna" or "make OTA antenna"
    take a look at this video its very helpful.
    If you are not willing to build one, you can always buy an antenna at your local electronics store and you can modify it if you desire.
    Remember! you will need to have a digital TV with ATSC tuner to view over the air channels.
    If you dont, you can always buy a converter box for your old TV and it will work.


    I have made tons of OTA antennas and I last year I made one and put it on outside my balcony.
    I live on a high rise building and my signal is amazing!!! I receive about 25~ digital HD channels (not including analog)
    I have a 30" Samsung TV and the picture is wow.
    If you have any questions feel free to ask me!!!

    P.S You wont need your DirectV dish anymore and you cant use it for anything else.

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    Thanks man. Sorry I mistyped in my initial post, I feel wasted with this hot weather today. Half awake half asleep.

    Yes, I wanted to build OTA.

    And was kind of thinking maybe I can attach something to DirectTV dish to make it work like antenna (since it is already there, on the roof).

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    Re: Antennas - Can I use old Direct TV antenna (maybe with modification)

    PS. I saw online few people did Cantenna from their old Satellite dish.

    Anyone tried it?

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    You could use the dish for a bird bath.

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    i put my wireless router in the focus of a spare dish and get signal boost from
    ~20% to ~ 35%
    at the far end of my house.
    now wireless doesn't drop out every 5 min's in my kitchen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cariboo907 View Post
    You could use the dish for a bird bath.
    haha thats nice idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Directive 4 View Post
    i put my wireless router in the focus of a spare dish and get signal boost from
    ~20% to ~ 35%
    at the far end of my house.
    now wireless doesn't drop out every 5 min's in my kitchen.
    Do you use the LNB with the dish, or just the dish alone?

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    Re: Antennas - Can I use old Direct TV antenna (maybe with modification)

    You can use the dish as a directional antenna to extend the range of a wireless router. However, you will shorten the distances achievable with others that are not in that direction.

    There are plans on the net for building high-gain antenna's for wireless routers, and I think they use metal kitchen mixing-bowls for the dish. Search DIY antenna's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cariboo907 View Post
    You could use the dish for a bird bath.
    Or you can use it for a 18-24 inch Pizza!!! Take a look at GNU Pizza on the forums btw.

    Quote Originally Posted by Directive 4 View Post
    i put my wireless router in the focus of a spare dish and get signal boost from
    ~20% to ~ 35%
    at the far end of my house.
    now wireless doesn't drop out every 5 min's in my kitchen.
    Do you use the LNB with the dish or no?
    A pic would be gr8!

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