The Weber grill antenna
...howto build an antenna from grill equipment
Recently I needed a better antenna very quickly to do some wireless testing. First I thought
about using a satellite dish - but I don't have satellite tv. I first tried a wok but some how
it didn't work. While searching thru the garage our Weber grill passted my sight...
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- ash dish from the grill, our reflector
- small and thin wood or plastic bar
- roll of duct tape, to keep things together
- piece of plastic, for distance tuning
- usb wireless adapter
- some screw clamps (optional)
- camera tripod (optional)
First figure out the focal point of the dish - this is quite easy. Make it wet so that it reflects better (you will want to clean it first anyway), point it towards the sun and use your hand to find the point where sunlight is most concentrated. That is where the adapter must be mounted. Mount the bar on the dish using either the duct tape or the screw clamps. Finally tape the wireless adapter on the bar using the piece of plastic to get the right distance between the adapter and the dish.
The antenna is of course not very good but it slightly increased the range of my wireless adapter to get the connection.
Next time I go on holidays and I need an antenna I will search for a grill.
updated: Mon Aug 9 01:47:21 CEST 2004