How can i build satellite receiver and feed it to television directly?

Asked by 9 years ago

purpose or uses of L1, L5 and S1 band in satellite navigation

I need to know why and what are the uses of L1,L5 and S band in the satellite navigation.

Asked by vpsingh92 2 years ago

satellite patch antenna

Hello, who know the way of making a flat or patch satellite antenna? I want to find a DIY Instructables about this topic. Any ideas?

Posted by sloth 10 years ago

some ideas for old satellite dish?

Got some great comments about old tires, now some ideas for an old satellite dish? Its a small one.

Asked by mrshawklady 8 years ago

Satellite images.

Does anybody know where i can get highly detailed satellite images? Higher than google. Google has this thing that you can pay $20 to get better quality, but to me that seems like a rip off. Anyone know any places to get better pictures? Thanks

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 10 years ago

Does anybody have Satellite Tv for Pc?

Hey, Does anybody have Satellite Tv for Pc or similar program? Or know anybody that does, b/c I've been looking into these type of programs for my house, and I've heard both positive and negative responses. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Asked by bwpatton1 9 years ago

DIY Satellite (BBC Orbiter competition)

Ever fancied making your own satellite?Now you can! The BBC is running a challenge to build a modern equivalent of the old Sputnik 1.Do you fancy building you own Sputnik? We've given you an idea how easy it could be, now the Magazine wants to hear from willing volunteers. We can even come and film you putting it together. We'll also investigate how to get your Sputniks launched.I've already volunteered - just imagine the Instructable that could result; the first DIY website in space!

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

How to build your own Sputnik

It seems incredible that the technology that went into building the first successful satellite 50 years ago can now be found lying around the average house. You could even build one yourself, as Paul Rubens explains below. Fancy having a go?

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

how to build a satellite tv receiver?

Anyone know how to build a free-to-air (fta )satellite receiver?

Asked by 8 years ago

can I use a satellite dish (that does not have service), as a regular antenna to pick up local channels ?

Previous owners left a satellite dish on the roof of the house - is there a way to use that dish, without acquiring service to it, as a regular antennae to pick up local channels only?  thanks for any help

Asked by 8 years ago

How would I go about creating a device that will move on its x and z axis according to an input degree?

I am looking to set up a satellite on my roof and am hoping to be able to control it from my room. For now I just need to create a base that can move on its x axis and later the z axis. I can understand for the first part I would need a motor but have no idea on how to interface it with the ability to recognise the compass degree it is facing. For the second part, I believe I may want a hydraulic arm that is hinged to the base (which the satellite lies on) but again have little idea on how to interface it with the ability to detect the angle it is pointed at. My final hurdle is to be able to control all of this. This may well be ambitious when i have little experience with motors and interface but it's something I want to do.

Asked by pyrosine 7 years ago

Looking for more info on dish actuator

I received a free actuator from my friends cottage. 11 years ago it use to angle a 8ft dish. It was removed some time ago, and the label is fully off. The bottom says its a saginaw performance pak actuator, aka PPA, and it has a 24" arm. I was trying to find more information on it, and all I can find is that it can be heavy, regular, or light, 600-1,500 pounds dynamic linear. Anyone have one or any ideas? I cant find a model number on the case cuz it faded, but the motor says 7821645 or 1821645. Either way I found a tiny chart listing models but not that one. similar to that one there. I just want to find out how much force it has. Most I done so far to test it works aftter 11 years of rusting on the main shaft (the moving piston is fine) is sit on a box. It manage to push me with no change in motor sound. Any more details? Please ask!

Posted by Killa-X 8 years ago

What do you think about this dish as a WiFi signal booster? Answered

Hello everybody, I am in the process of setting up wireless internet at home, but am still a complete novice in this field. I have just bought a ZyXEL G-202 USB wireless adapter and I am making an antenna of sorts following some instructables as we speak. On my laptop I usually get 1-2 stripes at most when it comes to signal strength, so I was planning to do some piggybacking with my desktop. :) (hey, internet is not cheap here in the Balkans. :P) Anyway, I live in the capital where we have many Cafes and institutions providing free wireless, so why not make the most of it, it's not illegal here. :) The only problem is, I live in an block of flats; so many surrounding buildings tend to block and corrupt the signal. For instance, in my room (using an Acer laptop with built-in wireless) I get a list of 5-6 free (read: unsecured) APs, but the signal is so weak, it's good for nothing. :( Now, having examined my options, I was planning to make an antenna and put it on the roof of the building. But, when I climbed to the top, I found this old abandoned satellite dish SEE PHOTO (I asked around the building and nobody knows who it belongs to. Additionally, it's very run down as you can see, and the cables are torn out, so I was planning on claiming it. :p). Now, my questions are: 1. Can anyone tell me if it's a good idea to use this dish as an antenna, if I weather proof my USB receiver and mount it on the focal point of the dish? (Line of sight (aerial) distance from it to the nearest free wifi hotspot is approx. 600 meters) 2. Is there a possibility that my USB will get too hot, maybe catch fire, because of the signal boost? (Maybe this is a dumb question, but I really don't know much about these things) 3. Finally, I would also need an advice in regard to the cables needed. I already downloaded the "How to extend your USB using UTP" instructable, but since the cable should be about 60 meters long, is there a way to make it not loose too much signal? Thank you all for reading this, and thank you in advance for your advice. Any type of help is welcomed. :)

Asked by Kandid 9 years ago

Manual satellite dish positioner.

I'd like to switch the position of my sky satellite dish between two satellites positions from the ground.?

Asked by waldy 9 years ago

How to Install A Satellite Dish?


Asked by 8 years ago

Space Trash Crowds Orbiting Satellites

Two or three times a day, a satellite circling Earth narrowly misses destruction by an orbital hailstorm of junk sweeping the busy super highways of space.A spreading cloud of shrapnel from the collision of two satellites earlier this month is making wrecks for working spacecraft around Earth all but inevitable, analysts warn. As the ninth significant crack-up in two years -- including a punctured nuclear satellite -- the wreckage of Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 is fostering a chain reaction of collisions that puts billions of dollars of spacecraft and manned space flights at risk.Full article and really cool slideshow: Harmless Debris on Earth Is Devastating in Orbit - Wall Street Journal.via benjaneer.

Posted by noahw 9 years ago

Kids Chalk Drawings = Satellite Photography Hacking?

The Kid's Chalk Art Project out on Alameda Point, CA is attempting to break some sort of sidewalk chalk drawing record. That, granted, is mildly ammusing.However, what is really interesting is that they are having a satellite picture taken of their work on Saturday, June 7. So, if you have anything you want to write really big in that general area, now would be the time do it. Thanks Tim!

Posted by randofo 10 years ago

Would I be able to extend an amplified antenna's range with a satellite dish?

Hi all, I have a small portable T.V. that will only work when tethered to a converter box. I noticed that when I attached a rabbit ear antenna to the "TV OUT" port on the box, I was able to get signal from the box wirelessly from a few feet away. I had a crazy idea that if I bought an amplified antenna, replaced the LNB on a satellite dish with it, and aimed it at the satellite closest to Earth, I would be able to have the converter box signal bounce back to the T.V. Is this even possible?

Asked by Joey5802 1 year ago

Satellite to Radio to Pneumatic Valve

I want to receive some sort of satellite signal with a radio and then use the data I receive to control a pneumatic system to replicate a heart beating. I have been talking around with some people who know a bit about radios and the such but haven't gotten much conclusive help.  I would like to build as much of this as I can myself, the entire radio and everything, though I only have about a month to do it. A DIY radio kit paired with an Arduino might be the answer due to time restraints.  What i've learned so far is that I probably want it to be a tunable AM radio. Whether or not I should build that myself from scratch, build a DIY kit, or just purchase one, I am not sure. How to then interface that into a system to then control a pneumatic system, I have no idea other than the obvious arduino. Lastly, I don't need any special signal from the satellite. I really just need to receive a voltage from the radio. Though, hooking into a satellite with an onboard atomic clock so that i can then display the time as well would be great. I am going to keep doing research, though if anyone here can lend a helping hand I would be very appreciative!

Posted by dlandry2 2 years ago

Can anyone think of a way to turn 3 old Satellite dishes into a video game type chair?

 I have 3 of these dishes laying around, the company who's name is on them doesn't recycle any of the outdated equipment they upgrade, told me I would have to throw them out myself... well I dont just 'throw things out'. lol So I have 1 regular small round one, the medium oval shaped "slimeline", and 1 of the larger more rectangular models (each dtv) all with the adjusting arm and all the screws.  When I looked at the pile,  for a moment I saw a gaming chair... but I cant quite figure out a decent design.  Imagine 3 slightly different sized dishes if you can ... I'm not sure if anyone else will see the same possibility?

Asked by justtani 7 years ago

Can you use the cables from your dish to hook up an antenna

I am switching from Directv to a TV antenna...can I just hook the coaxial cables that are currently hooked into the Directv dishes over to the antenna? Or do I have to run all new cable?

Asked by KayJay62 8 years ago

So I'm trying to find the focal point of a satellite dish.

The dish is oval, and I am not sure if it is parabolic/spherical. Here is a picture, with measurements: I'm not too sure how this dish focuses, as it seems that vertical waves will be focussed differently to horizontal ones, due to the oval shape and that the depths are different depending on which axis is measured. I ideally want to make a parabolic microphone from this dish. There seems to be a focal point about 60cm from directly above the center of the dish, but when viewed from very off-centre angles, the dish seem to have other points too. How would I determine the "optimal" one? It is coated in a thin layer of aluminium foil, which I put on to reflect light when finding the focal point. Unfortunately there are no serial/part numbers, and the dish is missing its feed horn and support so I can't approximate the focal point form there or from datasheet(s). Any help would be greatly appreciated. EDIT: Oh and the dish originates in South Africa, and is stamped with a number which looks like a date of manufacture: 19950610. Googling the number yielded no results so its probably a date.

Asked by LinkVanyali 7 years ago

Make wifi extender using satellite dish?

Can someone tell me if I can use an old satellite dish to extend my wifi range?

Posted by roccohhs 10 years ago

Useless WorldSpace

I have a worldspace satellite reciever lying around at home. I'm from India and WorldSpace service in India has been stopped due to low profit. Now that reciever set and the antenna thing are thrown around useless. I wonder what I can do with it? And is it possible to make a mobile phone signal booster with it??? Or any other idea, anything??? 

Posted by pro2xy 8 years ago

Is there a better way than gyros and compass? Answered

Hi All, First of all I'll describe the project I'm working on Then I'll Highlight my probelm 1) Description:     - Now There's a boat travelling on a river. There's a satellite Receiver on the boat so passengers can watch T.V. While Travelling. The river is not straight and there're situations where the boat needs to turn 180 degrees. What I was trying to do is to have a gyro or compass beside the Satellite Receiver and detect when the satellite is not pointing to the right direction (due to the boat going on cureves & turning 180 degrees) and undo that rotations so I can keep the Satellite receiver pointing to the right direction ('cause if not so then they'll lose signal and No T.V any more :() 2) The Probelm:    - I tried to use Gyro ArduImu V3 but the readings aren't helping much .. some times it's wrong and the yaw drifts a lot :(    - I tried to use compass but it's not tilt compensated .. meaning that if the compass is n't on horizontal position it'll get different readings! and when they pass below some high Power Electrical lines the compass Gets crazy :( I hope you got the description & the probelm. Is there anyway else to do it? Or if there's any recommendations I'll be grateful :) Thanks in advance anyways  kind Regards --- Ahmed

Asked by tdk4 5 years ago

Can I make a digital antenna with my old satellite dish?

I have a satellite dish (Dish 500). Can I use this dish to make a digital antenna to use with my digital TV converter (Zenith DTT900)?

Posted by DarkMagePR 10 years ago

Dial up to satellite what do i need to change to play online?

I used to play Halo on my computer with dial up but once we switched to satellite every time I try to play my ping gets jacked up. I want to know what settings I need to change so I can play again.

Asked by PyroTeen213 7 years ago

Would you like your own satellite? (Contest with $1500 prize)

Oh the joy of Twitter!  I just found out about this very cool contest from Discover Magazine via BoingBoing: Imagine having your own personal satellite orbiting the Earth. It’s got cameras and sensors galore, and you can use it to run experiments, take pictures, and even beam messages back to the blue marble. Well, that geek fantasy will become a reality if the ArduSat project, which you can see here on Kickstarter, reaches its funding goal. The general public will be able to rent time on this small satellite and use it for whatever they please, courtesy of its Arduino processor. [The folks] at Discover Magazine think this is pretty neat. And [they'd] like to give away a development kit worth $1500 to the Kickstarter donor who submits the best idea for an in-space experiment before July 15th, 2012. The kit includes Arduinos and an advanced sensor suite shipped to your home address, as well as one week of up-time on the satellite to run any experiment. You’ll be able to build the experiment yourself and have it be sent up on ArduSat when it takes to the skies. Here’s what you have to do to enter the (drumroll) Discover Space Challenge: (1) Fund the ArduSat project, for however much or little as you desire. You’ll receive a personal code that identifies you as a donor. (2) Read the contest guidelines here to learn about how you should design and submit your idea. (3) Enter with this entry form, making sure to include your personal code. (4) Wait for winners to be announced on July 20th, after judging by Discover blogger Phil Plait, Discover Editor-in-Chief Corey Powell, and an expert panel of judges. (5) Rejoice!  

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago

Satellite internet Up-link

Hello, I am looking for a mobile Satellite internet up-link that can hang from a high altitude balloon, I am doing a trans-pacific flight and I MUST maintain communications with for the duration of the flight through the internet for data transfers. Any suggestions?

Posted by RyanWilliamTyler 6 years ago

My laptop has no picture?

I have a toshiba satellite 200cds that my neighbor gave me. When i start it up you can hear it booting and the hard drive light comes on, but the screen has no picture. I tried plugging it into an lcd monitor and still no picture. It doesn't have a battery, could that be the problem? Any help with this would be much appreciated. Also the disk drive wont open, when i push the button it makes a click like its about to open, but doesnt.

Asked by musick_08 6 years ago

I have TWO 38GHZ P-Com 13833 Sattellite Uplink/Downlink. Can anyone think of something cool to do with them? Take a look at the above site.  Mine are just like that. Any suggestions?

Asked by razerzpeed 7 years ago

How do i calculate the size of a dish i need for a specif frequency, specifically around 95 mhz?

How do i do so? I plan on making a home made radio telescope, but i just want to block out non-space made noise.

Asked by natman3400 7 years ago

I need a hardware volume leveller/normalizer for analog audio from cable box to tv. (schematic or product)? Answered

Searching around I've found several shareware software programs - installing an extra computer for this task isn't an option. Ibles doesnt seem to have anything like this... I'm thinking an arduino, a sneaky sketch, and an lm-series stereo volume regulator. All the hardware I've seen dies a quick death - presumably the way of the electric car - too much lobbying from advertising industry to stop them hitting store shelves. Frankly, I think its beyond un-ethical. In my particular situation, its potentially dangerous.

Asked by frollard 9 years ago

A Use for old Bell Satellite Dishes?

We have a few old but working Bell Satellite dishes with LNB with them. We are an amature Radio operator and wondering what we could do with them??

Asked by emit 6 years ago

How do I install a high definition satellite dish?

I have a DirecTV high definition receiver, but need to get a high definition satellite for a 2nd location. Can I buy one and how do I instill and point the dish?

Asked by 9 years ago

Toshiba Satellite A135-S4427 bad power socket?

My wife has a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4427 and at times when plugged in the "plugged in" light isn't lit and the laptop runs on battery. right now we have it on a wood table and not moving it and it stays running as plugged in. How can I determine if the problem is the power cord or the jack in the computer? if it is the Jack, can it be repaired?

Posted by jehanny 9 years ago

how to input fan for my Toshiba Satellite A100?

HI, friends  I had Toshiba Satellite A100 for one year, but now the laptop became very hot, so I bought a new fan from: I test it, it is good, but I don't know how to install it?  can anyone tell me the instruction? thank you.

Asked by Roynorton 8 years ago

What can I do to fix my laptop?

I have a toshiba satellite p100-st9772 laptop model no. PSPAGU-017017 given to me by my neighbor but it doesn't boot up. I took it to PC Geeks and they wanted over $300 to replace the graphics card, which thay said was the problem. The laptop turns on but there is no display on the screen. Does anyone know of a compatible video card that I can use. I have a teacher that will install it (computer maintenance teacher). If possible, I have a $200 amazon card from winning a contest that I could use and am willing to spend more if needed. Any advice is much appreciated!

Asked by Eric_Hill 5 years ago

What would you do with a big satellite dish?

That's right. I have just become the proud owner of a big oldschool satellite dish. It is made from fiberglass and has some of its support/mounting hardware. I have some ideas about what I want to do with it but I'd be glad to hear your ideas too! Brainstorm away!

Asked by snotty 6 years ago

BUD Big Ugly dish, satellite dishes re-use ideas/

I have searched with google to get a lot of satellite dish re-use ideas (gazebo seems to be tops)....I'd like to see more ideas, especially if catered to cats and dogs.

Posted by katerlyn 7 years ago

Can't remember the bios password Toshiba satellite laptop C75D-A7286

I have a Toshiba satellite laptop C75D-A7286 that i have forgot the bios password. I have tried the Esc and F2 start up as well as taking out the cmos battery to no avail. Any ideas ?

Asked by etcuts 9 months ago

can an unused dish type satellite antenna be used with a digital converter box and an old tv?

I see that people are making their own tv antennas and opting out of cable and satellite service, so I was wondering if there was any way I could utilize a no longer used dish type satellite antenna that sits on my roof with a digital converter box and an old tv to get free tv and not have to pay for an indoor antenna....?  And if so, how would I hook it up?  Thanks

Asked by angelinfl 6 years ago

Using wifi to broadcast satellite receiver audio?

I'm looking for a project to build that will allow me to get only the audio output of my satellite receiver and broadcast it via wifi so I can listen to it anywhere in my house. Any idea whew I might find a basic design? 

Asked by erdin 6 years ago

on-line Internet? Answered

How can used satellite for access to Internet?

Asked by feritas 1 year ago

Sattelite radio

I have a satellite radio. Got it from World space satellite radio inc. Since it got bankrupt in India , i cant avail any service. 1.Can i reuse it by subscribing to other company 2.Can i use it for some other technology eg. use it as local receiver. say something compatible with the frequencies that satellite radio use.

Posted by jagmeetsinghsaluja 7 years ago