I bought a foreclosed home and it came with two satellite dishes and four
things called "Digital Satellite Receiver", e.g., Sony SAT-B55 with an
"Access Card" in the slot in back.
What would you do with these four satellite receivers?
On Fri, 1 Jan 2010 15:08:45 -0800, Donna DeLong wrote:
I should mention I can call DirectTV to ask them to take them back but does
Direct-TV actually come to my house to get them (which is a pain) and will
they insist on removing the two antennas on the tile roof?
I don't see anything useful I can do with the four Direct TV satellite
receivers so they can have them but I don't want anyone crawling on the
tile roof to break even more tiles (I already have to get dozens of broken
ones fixed, presumably from their installers).
In summary, is there anything "useful" I can do with these four direct TV
digital satellite receivers (what would YOU do with them?)?
On Fri, 1 Jan 2010 15:27:06 -0800 (PST), JIMMIE wrote:
Maybe someone can tell me what good these are.
Here are the four that were left, cordless, in the house (all with cards):
* Sony SAT-B55 Digital Satellite Receiver (card in rear slot)
* Sony SAT-B65 Digital Satellite Receiver (card in front slot)
* DirectTV H10 HD Receiver (card in front slot)
* DirectTV H11 Satellite Receiver (card in front slot)
What would a typical person do with these 4 boxes (and the two dishes on
the tile roof)?
Search "completed auctions" on e-Bay and you will find a bunch of them
that have sold. That should give you a pretty good idea of their value.
It appears that the majority of them bring somewhere in the neighborhood
of $20 each.
If you bother to post an ad, make sure you call the satt company and see
if they can be activated first- that is the first question the potential
buyer will ask. If the magic number off the box or card has money owed
on it, all it is good for is parts. I buy them for the hard drives, if
they are DVRs. I wouldn't go ebay, shipping is absurdly high for the few
bucks you will get. I'd go local ad paper or Craig's List.
On Fri, 01 Jan 2010 19:45:45 -0500, aemeijers wrote:
What exactly do I ask the DirectTV company? Do I ask "can these be
And, how would I know if money is owed on them? I suspect if the previous
ownes were foreclosed, they didn't pay their DirectTV bill (I heard the
gardeners were never paid so they broke all the sprinklers as revenge.)
The one good thing about hard drives is I use the curved magnets on my
refrigerator so it will be interesting if they have decent hard drives in
Good for nothing unless you subscribe to DTV service and activate the
units. Likely they would send a new card (?) for the boxes.
Acquire "satellite" signals from space, for your television viewing.
Are you certain the dishes are mounted on the roof?! They sometimes
need adjustment, so going on the roof is burdensome. In my town of 2
million people, I've never seen one on the roof.
Check to see if they are mounted on the fascia board with lag bolts,
and not on the roof. Simple to remove using a ladder and hand tools.
On Fri, 01 Jan 2010 22:19:00 -0600, Char Jackson wrote:
It was my mistake. The two gray DirectTV dishes are actually on the boards
at the lip of the roof (not on the tiles themselves).
Lots of tiles are broken so I figured the guy who put them up walked on the
roof as the wires are draped across the roof, but maybe he used a ladder.
I'm wondering if I should leave them there (perhaps they are of some use
somehow to me, no or in the future?) or have the DirectTV company pull them
What would you do with the two dishes on the boards near the lip of the
If it were me who purchased a house with a couple of dishes installed
and I had no intention of using them now or in the foreseeable future,
I'd remove the dishes and caulk the mounting holes.
To me, they look ugly. Even more so if they aren't being used.
Secondly, when the wind blows, the dishes are putting extra stress on
the boards on which they're mounted.
On Sat, 02 Jan 2010 01:40:54 -0600, Char Jackson wrote:
I wonder if the two ~18" DirecTV dishes would be useful as a WiFi antenna?
Or maybe I can repurpose the DirecTV dishes as Free-to-Air TV antennas
(with a suitable FTA receiver)?
Any experience out there in that?
Direct TV wont come out to take them down-Unless YOU are prepared to pay for
a Service Call.
Put them on CRAIGSLIST in the FREE section and someone will happily come and
take them down for you.
Explain that they'll need to bring a ladder with them and add in the 'AD'
that the climbing is 'at their own risk".
Have them caulk the holes where the lag screws were..YOU may need to have a
tube of caulking ready when they get there.
If you were in my town (Tus AZ) I' d come and get them.
But do the satellite dishes do anything for me (perhaps in the future)?
Oh. You're right. Both are mounted at the corners (two opposite corners) on
the wood vertical boards. A 28' ladder might get to them w/o walking on the
tile roof so your suggestion is a good idea.
I'm inclined to leave them (in case I need them in the future, but, w/o the
receivers, I'm not sure what good the satellite dishes are).
I checked each of the DirecTV cards in the 4 receivers.
They seem to be the latest DirecTV "P4 ISO7816 smart access cards" (which
came after 2002) as shown in the picture on this web page.
Yep Engadget has a build your own bi-quad using the dishes picks up
wifi 30 miles away and using this bi-quad as digital antennas for tv
are ten times more stronger because of the huge surface area of the
collector concentrating the signal to a focal point verse an array!
Hooked to rotor you can get local stations twice as far away ,as an
On Sat, 2 Jan 2010 02:28:56 -0800 (PST), joeturn wrote:
Interesting. Do I understand this right? You're saying I can "repurpose"
the two spare satellite dishes and 4 receivers as a "regular" TV antenna
(and a WiFi antenna too)?
That would be wonderful!
There is no cable or DSL up here in the mountains so it would be useful to
pluck "regular" TV right out of the air (just like in the olden days).
Is this the article you're referring to?
I'm beginning to realize I should just throw away the 4 satellite receivers
and concentrate on finding a use for the 2 dish antennas.
I noticed there is something called "Free To Air" satellite reception.
Do you think I can use the existing 18" circular DirecTV dishes and just
buy a FTA receiver to replace the 4 DirecTV receivers in the house (as
Do I understand FTA correctly that all I need is one FTA receiver and I can
get free television signals from an existing DirecTV dish?
On Sat, 2 Jan 2010 23:42:36 -0800, Donna DeLong wrote:
Yep - since these are tied to a proprietary receiver box, etc.
Normally FTP requires either a 1.7 meter ku-band dish, or an 8 foot analog
dish. The second one will receive a greater number of interesting FTA
channels - for example Classic Arts Showcase. There are also a lot of
relatively low priced subscriptions services directed at North American
markets, available for the 8 footers. I did my own survey several years
ago, when I decided to drop cable, and as far as I could tell the FTA that
the ku-birds carry is mostly religious junk, though there are exceptions,
things like NASA.
The best way to have fun with ku-band is to move to Europe, where most
material, including some HBO channels, is nationally funded, in effect FTA.
You also need the receiver box, and a motorized mount so that it can aim at
the various satellites. There are kits for this in the several hundred
dollar range that include the dish, mount, and computer card to drive the
dish. You are still limited by the poor selection of channels available in
I'm posting from the gps group - I'd aim a virtual dish at some of the
alt.satellite.tv groups for more info.
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