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Thread: satellite dish?

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    satellite dish?

    What metal is in satellite dishes - Im not talking about the bigger ones. But the ones we have on our home.

    Saw one the other day on the curb and didn't pick it up.
    Maybe I should have.....

    i don't usually scrap ferrous metals. So i neglected it. but im thinking it was maybe aluminum and thats why I regret not grabbing it!.


    Please let me know if you know!



    Thanks!


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    I don't know whether or not it's true for all of them, but all the ones I've tested are ferrous. It would have only taken you a few seconds to jump out and put your magnet on it.

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    There's usually wire inside, and at the end of the long skinny pole that sticks out from the dish to face the bowl, that is something i havent figured out yet, but it's non magnetic.

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    That is a thing they call an LNA, short for low noise amplifier. Don't know what the little ones are made of, the large ones off the 8' dishes were cast aluminum with a circuit board and a lot of minute gold plating. Hope this helps,,,

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    Just took some down from my house.
    It is all steel or whatever, magnet definately sticks.

    The part with the plastic cover where the arm bends - and the wire connects - there is aluminum there.
    Just took down 3 dishes probly about 20 pounds of steel
    and 2- 3 pounds of aluminum .


    Not very lucrative.

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    just thought would write that incase some one is ever curious.


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