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Re: DirecWav satellite internet useful?




Hi all,

Well, it's been saved from the dumpster, at least for now.  But, I kind of don't care much about the dish itself - it's probably a bit big /heavy for my Az/El rotor setup, though it's hard to tell with the huge steel support mount still attached.  I nearly wrenched my back out carrying it over to my side yard this morning.  (I think the Advil is wearing off...  oow)

But, back to the pre-amp and other electronics pieces...  I found a reference to the Hughes DirecWay (not wav) service on the Web.  Looks like the stuff runs in the Ku Band (11-14.5 ghz, according to Wikipedia), and has a 0.5-2 watt transmitter, depending on model.  Sounds like it's possibly a good bit out of band for P3E needs, and I'm not much good with microwave hacking.  Am I better off taking another two pills and putting it back on the pile, or is there a reasonable chance that I can do some simple (think "Drake") modifications to get it to work?

Greg  KO6TH


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> From: w7lrd@comcast.net
> To: ko6th_greg@hotmail.com; kc6uqh@cox.net; amsat-bb@amsat.org
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: DirecWav satellite internet useful?
> Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 17:14:01 +0000
> 
> Greg- They seem to be an off center feed antenna, similar to the old primestar dish of which I have been successfully using for several years.  If it's free you can't beat the price.
> 73 Bob W7LRD
> 
> --
> "if this were easy, everyone would be doing it"
> 
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "Greg D." 
> 
>>
>> Hi Art,
>>
>> The DirectWav is an Internet link - data, not TV - but good point about LO
>> stability being an unknown.
>>
>> But, my base question was whether any of the pieces can be used, and it sounds
>> like it's worth saving. Thanks!
>>
>> Greg KO6TH
>>
>>
>> ----------------------------------------
>>> From: kc6uqh@cox.net
>>> To: ko6th_greg@hotmail.com; amsat-bb@amsat.org
>>> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] DirecWav satellite internet useful?
>>> Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 22:20:55 -0700
>>>
>>> Greg,
>>> These dishes are used on 10 GHz and lower frequencies. Designed to operate
>>> in Ku Band ~12 GHz they will give ~30 dBof gain. The LNB and feed can be
>>> used , at least the LNA section. As the intended use is television the LO is
>>> not stable enough for Amateur Satellite work.
>>>
>>> Art,
>>> KC6UQH
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Greg D."
>>> To:
>>> Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 8:23 PM
>>> Subject: [amsat-bb] DirecWav satellite internet useful?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi folks,
>>>
>>> My neighbor appears to be tossing their Hughes "DirecWav" satellite internet
>>> dish and associated dish-mounted electronics. By any stroke of luck, is
>>> this stuff reasonably convertable for use with any of the the proposed P3E
>>> up or downlinks? I have no idea what frequency it runs. It appears to have
>>> both transmit and receive capabilities (based on the warnings posted).
>>> There are no model numbers tha t I can find on the electronics.
>>>
>>> I've got my AO-40 S-band receive setup, but nothing for the higher bands.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Greg KO6TH
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