Submitted: Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 19:47
I am resigned to look at satellite for decent TV reception, can any one advise the different types pros cons and price? Are they easy to install or is it a professional job? What are the differnet contracts? I am on the NSW coast
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:00
Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:00
Do some searching on the web but you should be able to get a complete setup for around $300. This will include a decoder box, the dish and a satellite finder plus cables. All you nee dot get free t air tv (ABC + SBS + 7) is an Optus Aurora card. Easy to setup and will give you TV access anywhere.
Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 08:57
Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 08:57
Graham below mentions the brand STRONG. This is the box I have and it works fine. I too went for the larger dish. Shop
around as I said and you shouldn't need to pay more than 350.
Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:44
Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:44
I you want a decent set go here
If you were the poster who asked about aerials the other day I posted a detailed reply.
I got the $539 version plus an free inclinemeter which is a very handy item.
Also a generic card
The 78cm dish is really the minimum size as in this instance bigger is better.
Up to you but they give you a book with all the angles for most towns and usually takes less than 5 mins to set up.
Also provide a step by step setup DVD.
Just by the way a guy with a 60cm dish beside me at Tennant Creek
couldnt get a fix with it when I had perfect reception 20 ft away in direct line with him.
Follow Up By: landseka - Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:49
Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:49
Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:52
Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:52
Beware of really cheap sets .
Some have lightweight Chinese dishes which are very thin as was the one I mentioned above.
It was so thin the badly fitting bracket on the back had distorted it so maybe thats why it wouldnt lock on.
Another vanner left his on the A frame and it was folded around the pole when he got to the next camp.
Most stupid thing to do.
Pay a bit more and get a good one
Mine has a Strong Aussie made set top box and a Taiwanese dish Properly crimped ends on the cables and an Optus card included ($99) worth.
Also has a one piece twist and release LBN arm and not 3 screwons as some have (They are home dishes sold as mobile)
Look at the website and see whats there. Only 4 or 5 days for the postage and you can ring them if any probs they are pretty good about it.
Well worth the money in comparison to some
Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 21:07
Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 21:07
Read your other thread 372442 reply 7 of 7.
There is no contract but if you dont get a card with it you have to buy one and when you get to WA you dont get Imparja or 7
Only GWN and WIN. You always get SBS and ABC If you have Foxtel you can use your home box as its on the same satellite. You can also have Foxtel IQ with a different dual LNB
You have to get the card initialised by Optus and Imparja and tell them when you got to WA to get it re enabled for Win and GWN
However with the right card you dont , you get them all everywhere.
MM me if you want more
Reply By: landseka - Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:48
Friday, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:48
You don't say if you want it for your home (fixed set-up) or for a caravan / camping etc.
If the latter I would recommend getting a dish with a removable LNB arm rather than the fold up, or worse the fixed arm. Much more user friendly.
I also would recommend an 80cm dish for guaranteed simple setup ANYWHERE.
A 60cm will work most places
but accuracy in setup is most important and lots of people get frustrated with them. The 80cm is very forgiving.
For traveling I would choose one of the (few) 12v models as you then do not need an inverter to run
Most people are aware that the common LCD tvs we use in caravans run
on 12v anyway so no need for the inverter there.
If you need any more help just ask, Ive been down this road before...lol
Reply By: BT- Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 01:34
Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 01:34
I've been using a set up from a mob called Vansat up in QLD. They sell a complete setup with a DVD on how to use the whole shebang. They are very user friendlly and regularly update their equipment and software. Try them on 07495558789, or try Ardvaark.com .au. I like these guys because the product is good, their dishes suit our Oz locality and they are always available for help.
Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 12:21
Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 12:21
Yes but a price please
Follow Up By: BT- Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:45
Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:45
Try www.vansat.com.au - current prices are on the website.
Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 11:04
Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 11:04
Yep found that and thought they are expensive.
Follow Up By: BT- Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 17:10
Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 17:10
You get that with quality gear.
Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 19:19
Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 19:19
You can also get overpriced rubbish.
That stuff is no better than what I bought for $539. the box is an unbranded version of a Strong or copy by the look of it.
and its Aardvark
Follow Up By: BT- Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 13:00
Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 13:00
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 14:05
Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 14:05
Richard Banks from Vansat has been a long term advertiser here on ExplorOz too. You will find his listing in our Directory or try this link to their Vansat Business Member Profile page
Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 16:08
Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 16:08
Firstly let me say I was not referring to anyone in my comment about overpriced rubbish. It was merely an observation that does happen.
EG some Ebay goods and not only in this field.
I did look at the website and the boxes I saw were advertised as Signal master Pro
They look identical to the Strong box I have except do not have the Strong name on them hence the feeling of being copies.
A reasonable assumption.
Had I decided to buy a satset before I left Qlnd I maybe would have bought from them.
However what I bought is doing the job and is very similar for a better price so i am happy.
Probably the cheapest and best value for money is Johnnys Electronics in Katherine
Provided you get the right stuff his service and prices are excellent.
Unfortunately I got impatient and ordered mine the week before I got there due to a mix up in his name.