[amsat-bb] 5.8ghz Dish, G5500, and receivers...

Lou Michaels w2lmm.qsl at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 11:44:16 UTC 2017

A pair of 25'' 5.8ghz 29dBi Teletronics International dishes fell into my
lap this week and I'm trying to decide on some projects.

Here's a pic: https://i.imgur.com/W9oeVSv.jpg

I have a G5500 rotor from my previous ground station, and I'm thinking of
doing some solar radio astronomy or transponder chasing.

Without the covers, the dishes weigh 13.2lbs each. Could the G5500 safely
handle the load of one or two of these dishes? I'm not considering roof
mounting, and prefer to do things closer to the ground for the time being.

Via a SDRPlay, my highest receive capability is 2ghz. Short of changing the
feed, what might I do or be able to use to bring the frequency down to
something more manageable or will the dish still feed signals at lower

I'm not beyond changing the feed, or building transverters, but some
searching isn't producing more than commercial wifi applications.

Anyone have any plans, ideas, advice or direction to offer?

Thanks in advance!



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