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DW4000?  Possible Other Uses

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May 19th, 2006 at 9:18pm  
Are there any known uses for the DW4000 Two-Way dish or modem?  I would like to know.  Thank you.
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Reply #1 - May 19th, 2006 at 11:16pm  
The modem is proprietary, but you can retrofit the dish for satellite TV

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Reply #2 - May 20th, 2006 at 8:24pm  
Is there a modem out there,  to use the two-way,  to monitor satellite signals or frequencies out there?  kinda like on 'Contact'... I hate to see my 900$ paperweight (40-50lbs) go to waste.
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Reply #3 - May 21st, 2006 at 6:41pm  
You should be able to use the antenna to try out some of the FTA channels. You will need a IRD that uses the standard 13 vdc for Vert Pol, and 18 vdc for Horz Pol.  Go here to check out some of the stuff that is available:  http://www.lyngsat.com/ia5.html

Any of the FTA stuff on the KU part of this bird should be available.
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Reply #4 - May 28th, 2006 at 10:38am  
Try and get a cheap second hand spectrum analyser with an L band input.  You can then use the dish to observe the frequency spectrums of many satellites.   

You are unlikely to find aliens.  Estimate the possible range using https://www.satsig.net/seticalc.htm and input your dish size and frequency as the receiver.  Perhaps your spectrum analyser may have 100 Hz bandwidth.

Try http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/ if you want to seriously search for aliens with a larger dish and narrower bandwidth.  I have done this for years without success so far.  I am also searching for Mersene primes.

Best regards, Eric.
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