How to Use Old DirecTV Dish for an Antenna

By TomL

An old DirecTV dish can be used as an antenna because it is able to reflect and concentrate the signals broadcast by the TV stations. Since they are already mounted outside, already wired and not in use, they can make a good stand and an extension for enhancing the signal coming to a regular antenna. The dish cannot be used as an antenna alone, but rather as a supplement and will make the channels clearer and less erratic.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire-mesh
  • TV antenna
  • Wood - 10 inches by 3 inches
  • Screws
  • Duct tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Box cutter

Step 1

Purchase a small antenna, which will be used to pick up the signal from the TV broadcasters. Measure your dish and record the size of its center when you buy the antenna.

Step 2

Drill a hole in the wood large enough so that the wiring coming out of the center of the antenna can get through the hole. Secure the piece of wood against the inside of the antenna with duct tape.

Step 3

Lay the wire-mesh on the inside of the antenna so that it covers the entire surface. Use the box cutter to cut a hole in the middle of the mesh so that it can fit around the wood, which is installed already. Use the duct tape to secure the mesh to the edges of the dish.

Step 4

Connect the wiring to the antenna that you have bought. Most antennas have holes for wires which can be snapped in with the use of your fingers.

Step 5

Drill small holes in the wood to secure the antenna. If the antenna does not have small openings for the installation anywhere on its base, then drill the holes through it as well. The holes should be smaller than the head of the screw or they won't hold.

Step 6

Secure the antenna to the wood with the screws using a screwdriver to finish creating your antenna. Since the antenna is located in the middle of the dish, and the dish is a curved reflective surface, the signal will be magnified towards the antenna. This creates a much better picture on your television. This uses all of the components in unison to create a very powerful receiver.