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Pie Pan Solar Radiation Shield

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Buford T. Justice
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Pie Pan Solar Radiation Shield

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I need to build a better radiation shield. Would pie pans spray-painted glossy bright white work? Would the signal be badly weakened from the transmitter inside of them?

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Re: Pie Pan Solar Radiation Shield

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Assuming you mean metal ones, they won't be suitable. Plastic plant pot "saucers" are much better.
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Re: Pie Pan Solar Radiation Shield

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Yup steel ones. They are bright and shiny though. Oh well.
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Re: Pie Pan Solar Radiation Shield

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They will heat up in the sun and turn into a nice oven, even painted white. And while I am no radio expert, I think they are almost certain to block or severely reduce the signal.
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Re: Pie Pan Solar Radiation Shield

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Alright thanks. I exchanged the pie pans for plastic plates.


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