Friday Fun: Mystery Dish

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Well I went to a Doctor's Office the other day and this dish caught my eye.
Not the dish itself that really caught my eye.

I think I've got the purpose figured out, so I thought I'd let you all take a guess.

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Looks like a GSM-based internet access point (Canopy) device by Motorola with a reflector dish.
 
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Wi-Fi... I've heard point-to-point Wi-Fi is a good use for 18-20" dishes. Some even use Primestars for it, but that's a hanging offense in this household :D ...
 
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*sigh* I guess I really did need a side-shot.
With a side shot, the elevation looks standard for a regular Dish Network dish
 
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working theory

I think the little device is to keep bird poop off the dish

Mind you this is only a working theory :eek:
 
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it's a Dish 500 reflector 'n mount, but . . .

*sigh* I guess I really did need a side-shot.
With a side shot, the elevation looks standard for a regular Dish Network dish
If it's a wi-fi USB stick mounted in place of the LNB, it's sure hard to tell from this angle.
And, if the elevation is standard, then the wi-fi dongle would have to be higher than the LNB throat to shoot along the ground...
... reducing the efficiency of the reflector tremendously.

I really can't tell on this LCD monitor.
 
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Mystery dish revealed

Sorry for taking so long to get the pictures.

Well with the these new pictures you can definitely see what it is.
Per usual, the first 2 are cropped while the latter are the full size images.

While I was browsing around this weekend, I ran into a thread dealing directly with what that thing on the arm is.
It is a Sirius/XM outdoor antenna kit bolted on to a "Dish 300"

What I originally thought it was a Dish 500 with "conduit hanger" holding the Sirius/XM antenna at the Focal point.
Since a 500 is aimed at 114W and Sirius/XM have a Satellite at 115W, I thought someone was ensuring no amount of interference would let the Sirius/XM radio go out.

I was all pumped that someone used their head to come up with something useful.
 

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