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Santa tracking center using tv dish

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I'm looking for a picture of the DIY Santa tracing center that using the old tv satellite dish and shows elves tracking the fat man.  I can't remember where I saw it.

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Nope...but this year on Christmas Eve I was thinking about swapping out virtual Santa in the window and just feed the Santa tracking website to the projector.

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That's IT!!  Oh well, I'll actually have to use my own creativity...lot easier just to copy off some one else.

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It probably isn't the one you are referring to, but here is the one I made:https://www.tooz.us/north-pole-command-center.html

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toozie21, that's very similar to what I'm looking for.  I've got a cement storm shelter (kind of mandatory in Oklahoma) and I always thought it looked like some kind of missile testing bunker.  I asked my wife a week ago to get on facebook and ask if any one had a satellite dish they didn't want anymore.  She gave me a weird look, and when I tried to explain my idea, she gave me an even weirder look.  I though a picture of it would help her to understand.  She does now.  Thanks!!!! 

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Hello

I was trying to remember what you guys are talking about and for the life of me i'm drawing a blank, Was it some kind of a toy or was it a site that was on tv your could go watch.

 

Randy

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If you mess around with THE you tube (yes I am old) you can find a few examples.  It seems like one of the family light display videos on youtube shows one.  They're DIY jobs that really look like elves tracking Santa's progress.  I still haven't given up on the idea, and my Father-in-law was complaining last week about a dish laying around their farm...Bingo!  

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I still use the one I posted earlier in the thread. The original intention was to use a dish someone gave me. But I abanded it when I realized the size and weight of it. I ended up with just a round wood dish, and it is working great, just not nearly as sexy...

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I completely forgot about that.  I went back and looked at it again, and I think I might talk my brother-in-law into helping me try to build something like that.  He's mechanical (takes hammer, beats side of boat motor ...Splash reference).  I could use the real satellite dish just for decorations.

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Not sure if you are talking about my project, but some general comments about it for anyone interested.

I appear to have made it California seismic rated for the MD area.... The base and walls can be made MUCH lighter.

If you see in the videos at the end the linkage for the satellite dish, it is a little heavy. Because of that, I recommend keeping the roof sturdy.

Lastly, doing a homemade dish on top is probably easiest, but hanging a static real dish off the side as well could have a cool look.

I completely forgot about that.  I went back and looked at it again, and I think I might talk my brother-in-law into helping me try to build something like that.  He's mechanical (takes hammer, beats side of boat motor ...Splash reference).  I could use the real satellite dish just for decorations.


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