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· Armchair Referee
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Apparently, the shallow people that say "Dishes are ugly" still exist.

Not only are the current dishes an eyesore, but a lot of owners move and leave their dish behind. Evidently this is not regulated by anyone. Because of these problems some cities are considering a ban on the dish. Boston was the first large metro area to ban them, and other cities may be following their lead:

Boston may be one of the first cities in the nation to ban satellite dishes. The problem is that many think they look awful. "A satellite dish is a dish-shaped type of parabolic antenna designed to receive microwaves from communications satellites, which transmit data transmissions or broadcasts, such as satellite television."
The blog posting is here
 

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One thing that has come up in some of the discussions about the dish situation (on different web sites) is the fact that there are other types of satellite antennas. For instance, the antenna used on automobiles for Sirius XM (SIRI) Backseat TV is not a dish antenna. I realize that it only receives three channels, but can't this technology be used to redesign the "ugly dish" shape? The new satellite radio antennas keep getting smaller and smaller. And considering how much the dish has changed over the years, someone should be able to shrink it smaller. This picture shows the two Sirius XM Backseat TV satellite antennas (top right) for a car:


There are multiple satellites involved, so a small receiver such as the the one used for Sirius/XM most likely won't work. XM also uses local ground base repeaters to aid reception in urban areas.
 

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Boston may be one of the first cities in the nation to ban satellite dishes. The problem is that many think they look awful.
Oh, the humanity! :rolleyes:

The solution is simple: make the parabolic antenna out of reflective red bricks, the arm to look like a vine or branch, and cover the dish with emr-transparent ivy. Change the name to 'sconce' so's your old lady likes it and tells you to get another one "for esthetic balance".
 

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I do not see this flying at all, mostly because of OTARD and that the dish is the only way to get Dish / DIRECTV signal.

So, unless someone invents a way to get satellite via an antenna array, those dishes are going to stay.

:)lol: that rymes.)

Meh, maybe some entrepreneur will start a recycling business in Boston and take old dishes from prior Dish / DIRECTV customers down and sell them for scrap.

Of course, we can only hope he does not take down the dishes from active subscribers.
 

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machavez00 said:


There are multiple satellites involved, so a small receiver such as the the one used for Sirius/XM most likely won't work. XM also uses local ground base repeaters to aid reception in urban areas.
Not to mention the frequency used for XM is MUCH lower, and is not near as likely to be attenuated by weather and foilage as the bands used by satellite tv.
 

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Nick said:
Oh, the humanity! :rolleyes:

The solution is simple: make the parabolic antenna out of reflective red bricks, the arm to look like a vine or branch, and cover the dish with emr-transparent ivy. Change the name to 'sconce' so's your old lady likes it and tells you to get another one "for esthetic balance".
Fine. How about Cell Towers or Windmills then? Or the really old one telephone poles.

Those been ugly for decades and the telephone poles almost a century. Where are the Ugly Police for those eye sores.
 

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Stewart Vernon said:
I'm always interested by what topics get people up in arms to enact bans (especially ones that will not stand due to the law) vs things that actually matter.

Wouldn't it be nice if these same people got this motivated to change something that is really wrong in our society?
Yeah.....like cell phone use or texting while driving....

Ba Dah Bing. :D
 

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SamC said:
This is the biggest much ado about nothing article I have seen. The FCC specifically prohibits the "banning" of dishes. End of discussion.
Philadelphia passed their ordinance last fall. The SBCA filed a petition with the FCC to block the Philly law. But no answer yet. So until they do, it isn't the 'end of discussion.'
 

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Stewart Vernon said:
Wouldn't it be nice if these same people got this motivated to change something that is really wrong in our society?
It is far too hard to deal with things that really matter; especially if they might, heaven forbid, involve personal sacrifice.

The other issue is that we usually find somebody like the NCTA or NAB lurking in the background of these anti-dish "campaigns".
 
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