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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #45 on: November 13, 2015, 01:35:48 PM » Author: Solanaceae
I found an analog tv satellite at granny's place. Is there anything I could do to make it work on radios.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #46 on: November 13, 2015, 06:56:26 PM » Author: ace100w120v
You talking about a rooftop  yagi antenna?
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #47 on: November 13, 2015, 07:18:08 PM » Author: Solanaceae
No, it's an actual satellite dish, and my gramps told me it was for analog tv. I'll get a pic later.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #48 on: November 13, 2015, 08:03:31 PM » Author: icefoglights
Sounds like a C band.  I doubt the dish would be of much use for radio.  For use with radio frequencies, the dish is too small to create much of a focal point, and the antenna inside the feedhorn is very small, as it's designed for microwaves.  However, if the receiver box and rotator are still working and connected and working, you could scan the sky for wild feeds.

At a former job, I used to work on satellite systems.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #49 on: November 13, 2015, 08:27:03 PM » Author: Solanaceae
It was on a 25 foot vinyl pole, and didn't have a rotator.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #50 on: November 13, 2015, 08:30:21 PM » Author: icefoglights
Solid dish or mesh, and about how big?  Feedhorn in the middle or toward the bottom?  Does it say anything on it, such as "PrimeStar" or have any symbols on it, like a red lightning bolt?
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #51 on: November 13, 2015, 08:38:05 PM » Author: Solanaceae
The dish was about 14" in diameter and the little white receptor was about 1.5" diameter and an inch thick. There were no other markings except a very faded silver label and I don't know what that other stuff you said means.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #52 on: November 13, 2015, 08:50:06 PM » Author: icefoglights
Sounds like an 18" DBS dish than.  Probably basic DirecTV or Dish 300.  Would be interested in seeing a picture.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #53 on: November 13, 2015, 08:53:35 PM » Author: Solanaceae
It's a solid fiberglass dish btw.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #54 on: November 13, 2015, 09:30:58 PM » Author: ace100w120v
On wow interesting! Here in our town of 45 people (or about 100 back then) in the late 1970s my dad was the first person to have satellite TV here!  He had a huge mesh dish.  At the first house (which was a rental) it thus wasn't installed permanently and at halftime during football games they'd have to go adjust it!

Hey Icefoglights, the house I'm looking at down in Delta Junction has a huge rooftop yagi antenna.  I'm excited to see what I could get on FM with that hooked up to a nice vintage tuner/amplifier.  From looking at the coverage maps on Radio-Locator.com it's apparently JUST out of range of all the big Fairbanks FMs except a couple (One of which I believe was one of the two university non-commercial public radio stations) but considering their coverage maps tend to be pretty conservative I'm willing to bet I'll hear most of the Fairbanks stations, as well as everything else in Delta.  (I'm a radio nut and as soon as I knew I might be living there I looked on Radio-Locator to see what I should be able to get there.

Your thoughts?  Terrain is pretty flat in that part of the state, and driving out of Fairbanks out to CHSR FM goes quite far!
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #55 on: November 13, 2015, 09:38:20 PM » Author: icefoglights
You should have no trouble picking up most Fairbanks radio stations there.  Most come in clear on a regular car antenna, and you know how un-optimal they are.  It's primary purpose was probably for TV, which is more challenging from Delta.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #56 on: November 13, 2015, 09:41:44 PM » Author: Solanaceae
There's a house which has two huge 75-100 foot towers and each has a massive yagi antenna (15-25 foot across and the tower has some mini antennas on the sides.). Any ideas wat they're for? I was thinking some sort of Ham radio enthusiast or maybe since it was a farmhouse, it needed teh antenna for tv signals and a biggun antenna for their box radios.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #57 on: November 13, 2015, 10:03:02 PM » Author: icefoglights
Most likely ham radio
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #58 on: November 13, 2015, 10:26:07 PM » Author: Solanaceae
That's what I figured lol. Strange, that person lives in the center of a bunch of trees off interstate 97, maybe a retired trucker.
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Re: Maxa 4000 « Reply #59 on: November 13, 2015, 11:16:28 PM » Author: ace100w120v
Yeah, sometimes car antennas are good, others not so much.  I've seen both! Plus mot of the Fairbanks FMs have a huge signal anyway.  (Except for a couple LPFMs).  I'm sure it was for TV.  But that's worthless now anyway right, after 2009?  Would they have been trying to pick up Fairbanks TV though most likely?

If they do well on a car antenna, what about the really cheap radios with the wire antenna, etc?

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