This form of antenna rig has the benefit of excellent directional beamwidth and
small form factor.

A two foot dish has enormous gain and well employed can bridge islands easily.

The old dish antennas from the satellite providers will work well in this mode.

One may have to pull that old dremel moto tool out and drill a few holes in the the dish but once a backplate is in place the whole device can be mounted on a big tripod.

I was using an old dish from a space heater but the point of focus was rather fuzzy.

I then went to a small microwave dish harvested from the garbage at the UW.

That bowl has gain.