How do I use a satallite dish as a UHF antenna?

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  1. ken2400

    ken2400 Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Pro

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    I would like use a satellite dish as a UHF antenna.
    I have old Primestar dishes, 18" dishes, offset Ku dish 36", C band 6' dish.
    I was thinking of putting a bow tie antenna at the focal point.

    I have one set of channels I want to get so this being directional is not big deal.

    Anyone have any ideas?
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    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Master

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    You can try, but it won't work very well UNLESS it's at least a 6 FOOT prime focus dish size, and then put a simple 2 bay uhf antenna at the focal point. Haul it up to the top of at least a 30' tower, and then you'd have a uhf antenna that can't easily be beat.

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    Dishes have never been the reflector of choice for OTA TV but some think they look cool so they dummy something up.

    Radio Shack (and by extension, probably RCA) used to hide a UHF loop inside something that looked like a small plastic satellite dish on one of their indoor antennas. Other antennas had the dish but no loop.

    The wavelength of channel 14 is a little over 25".
     
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    I couldn't find a picture of that one. But this one is reminiscent of the wankel rotor! Kind of cool. Indoor HDTV & FM Radio Antenna I thought Radio Shack was completely dead and gone.

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    While not the specific one that I was thinking of (it had kind of a Death Star pattern of raised bumps), here are some other examples.

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    I'm not sure what these are supposed to represent. It looks like they outfitted the dish with divining rods to make some sort of dipole.
    [​IMG] upload_2019-9-14_8-28-57.png
     

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    Here is one for you guys. Picked up WSTR from Cincinnati from Connersville Indiana.
     

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