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06-06-2011 09:12 PM #1<-----Real Kitty
I'm surrounded by unused satellite dishes
Since becoming a member here I have looked at a gazillion pictures and read a bunch too. I've become good at looking for satellite stuff and at a glance can often tell it isn't used anymore.More and more I see, and a lot of it for the asking I'm sure. There are some gems out there. For instance there are two cband dishes 10 blocks from here at a bowling alley with Chap Orthos on them. Those dishes havn't seen action in a decade I bet. I've got my eye on a couple commercial Ku dishes, one is total junk but the other looks great. But every where I go now I see abandoned dishes. I need to get a list of the good stuff and start skimmin some cream off the top here. I don't know of anybody around me that has a dish farm. Never seen a one. But I'm thinking I can have some of the best for mine
10'Winegard.Pinnacle.perforated, AJAK 180 H-H, GBox, BullsEyeII-Norsat-8115,4106a
9.5'Laser.C/Ku.mesh, 24"VonWeise, V-Box-X,BullseyeII-Norsat_3220,1208HA
MyTheatre on , 2 NEC LT30 DLP projectors, 52" Samsung, 25.5"ASUS
ASUS Maximus Formula III, Corei7 Quad 2.8 OC 3.66, 3.4g FSB ,16g DDR316000
(2) Nvidia GForce 9800GT PCIe, 240g SSD, 4TB storage.
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06-06-2011 09:22 PM #2
"Yes, Mr Sims, there's only two words in this whole wide world worth hearing: satellite dish."
Al Pacino, in Scent of a Woman (paraphrased)
I got a nice C-band lnbf from a dish that was no good but I took anyway. In ten years a lot of this stuff may be mostly gone, and you're always just one hail storm away from needing spares. One way to look at it.Member
Friends of Montana PBS
06-06-2011 09:32 PM #3
I'm doing the same thing - lots of stuff that seems ripe for the asking. I see a satellite dish mounted on an old gas station, and go up to get the contact information of the real estate company to see if I can pull the dish down. I also visited one of the local TV stations one day. I couldn't get in the front door because it was secured, so was going to walk around back to see if I could find anyone. I ran into the chief engineer back by the trucks! He said that they were going to get rid of a few of them, and we exchanged business cards. I can't wait to see what they want to retire. :-)Blogging my FTA satellite TV experiment at http://ftablog.tumblr.com/
BVOC: BirdView 8½' perforated, H-H mount, GeoSatpro CK1 LNBF
BVOC: BirdView 8½' solid, H-H mount, GeoSatpro CK1 LNBF
(2) Primestar 84E dishes using GeoSatpro SL2 Ku LNBFs
36" Channel Master DTN dish, GeoSatpro SL2 Ku LNBF
AZbox Ultra receiver
4DTV DSR-920 receiver
06-07-2011 11:15 AM #4
only problem around here is people always want $$$$$. it can be sitting there unused- basically junk, but as soon as you ask they think it is worth something and people usually get upset when you offer the price of old iron.If the lunch meat called 'spam' became the catchword for a depersonalized email message, then social networking should be known as 'soylent green'!
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06-07-2011 11:26 AM #5
Other than my own, there are none left in my local neighborhood. Even the difficult to remove ones on top of buildings are gone. This year, 3 more I was aware of were taken down this Spring. Too bad. I know of one long abandoned Paraclipse on my daily commute and another ancient dish near the river behind some trees. Which was the first BUD I ever saw, funny now because it's nearly the last.Dishes in current use...
10' Unimesh. 6' Prodelin #1. 1m Primestar. 90cm Ariza. 6' Fortec Star. 6' Prodelin #2. 6' Prodelin #3.
Receivers in use...
Uniden Ultra C band analog, Diamond 9000HD, Dish Network VIP211K HD, Geosatpro microHD
C band user for 25 years Proud antenna user with 18 OTA digital channels.
06-07-2011 06:23 PM #6
I could probably make a small fortune knocking on doors paying a few bucks for the dishes and reselling them on eBay or on here.