What's wrong with actually painting the dish?
I've seen painted dishes where the shape of the dish is effectively
hidden i.e. wartime ship camouflage type patterns in suitable colours.
Make the dish look like bush/tree by painting branches and leaves. Paint
it same colour as it's background.
Done that with the first one (matt brick red, contours broken up with
yellow and black to blend into the brick wall background). Still
needed p/p. I might stick the new one in the back garden and
camouflage it to match the shrubbery. but it would need to be on a 9'
mast to "see" over the roofline of the house, and building a mast that
can take 900N wind load at 3 meters = 2700Nm of bending force is a
non-trivial job. Fat steel post, concrete foundation and guy wires
aplenty - I may have to start a separate thread for advice on that ;-(
Possibly, but don't forget that the signals are *very* weak and the
S/N (or carrier to noise) ratio is pretty small. A couple of dBs
here and there can be the difference between success and failure,
especially on the edge of the footprint.
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That stuff they use for signs is only thin polycarbonate isn't it? Any
structure on the side of the house or garden furniture made of it
would do as a box surely? Cold frames, tables, garden wells - comes
with a little man winding it for tracking purposes, bird
tables/houses. (An owl or some such nest box in the back garden even.)
If I was doing it I'd probably cut a section out of a picnic bench and
only put a square of that stuff over it if the bench wasn't enough of
What are you trying to pick up? A dish shouldn't work if flat if you have
the usual off-set dish and not many people have prime focus dishes? I had a
large motorised dish down the garden sticking up between the shed and garage
unless you are requiring two simultaneous feeds. Concealed it reasonably
Actually, it does work with an offset dish, I tried it and reception
was spotless - if you think about the geometry involved, the dish is
just a reflector allowing the LNB to "see upward" at an angle of about
27 degrees. Whether it does that like this:
or like this:
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doesn't matter. In fact, with the dish nearly horizontal it is
possible to modify the angle at which the LNB "illuminates" the dish
and make the whole thing even shallower. I tried it just by holding
the LNB in my hand and moving the dish around. Fiddly, but there was
enough link budget to get away with it.
That should help with hiding it. But how ?
On 26 Aug 2003 11:53:51 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Medallion
Lay it flat and build a small wall around it (1-2 bricks high).
Cover the dish with some of the estate agent board material painted
green. Turn the LNB arm into a plastic bush by cunning application
of plastic foliage (or even real ivy) and call it artwork or a bush?
See also http://www.satellitedish.com/cover.htm
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