Rush Job

by Phunguss  

Rush Job

Less than 10 days to the Maker Faire... Most of the mechanical is complete to operate. I just need to glue on some platters.

Revised Concept

by Phunguss  

Revised Concept

After some deliberation, I decided that bending curved pipe and all the welding of the struts was just too complex. I inspected the dish and found a 4 holed mounting area, so redesigned a cart with pivot wheels for straight travel or lazy susan style rotation.

First concept

by Phunguss  

First concept

This was my first concept. I tried to calculate the center of balance and then have the dish pivot at that point. Having the center post would not obstruct solar rays. The lower ring would provide a natural safety zone for observers.

Old Radar, not satellite

by Phunguss  

Old Radar, not satellite

Turns out these are Vietnam era microwave communication or radar dishes. Very sturdy aluminum, wide holed expanded metal mesh. Waiting to attach platters to test the curvature.

Reach Out

by Phunguss  

Reach Out

I posted a couple pics from last year's Make Faire, and a cousin said he had some satellite dishes laying around that he wanted to get rid of. Bonus to me!

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