TV Satelite Dishes

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 20:54
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Hi Guy's,
I want to buy a Satellite Dish for my caravan TV, can anyone recommend a good unit at a reasonable price ?
It also needs to be portable.

Danny J
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 23:43

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 23:43
I take it you mean a VAST system. Have a look at Satplus, or Satgear,or Accesss Antennas. The prices are much of s muchness. You have to decide on whether you want a recording one or just s single tuner type.
Whatever you get, make sure you get s programmable digital signal finder.
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Reply By: Racey - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 08:50

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 08:50
Danny, I see you are in Vic. Contact Satplus Satplus

They are located 223 Nepean Highway, Edithvale, Victoria 3196. I've bought a few things there and found them very knowledgeable and helpful.
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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 09:30

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 09:30
I would advise that you get the type with a triangular base (on the ground) with a single adjustable pole for elevation adjustment. These types are far easier to set up and align than any of the tripod style of dish bases. I think they are supplied by either Satplus or iTech

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Reply By: Danny 1 - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 10:54

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 10:54
G'day Danny
i would recommend you don't get one of those triangular base setups..they are very hard to set up on rocky uneven ground..i use the tripod & very rarely have to peg it down..
also don't get too small a dish..they are hard to set up & you will not get service in some spots in the centre of oz..mine is a 65cm & still had a battle in some spots..
if you have room go for the 80cm..
cheers Danny
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Follow Up By: Racey - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 16:36

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 16:36
Danny, I agree 100%. many of the newer tripod have adjustable legs which do make it easier to setup. Once you start heading into central Australia you can experience signal strength issues. with the anything less than 80cm. The guy in Katherine will tell you need a 1.2 metre dish, we managed with the 80cm.
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:44

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:44
Interesting comments, I used a tripod for about 5 years a real PITA requiring four wing nuts to be loosened etc to adjust the elevation, plus three legs to be pulled out and pegged down. I then moved onto the triangular base model when they first came out... magic - only one large knob on a extending pole to set the elevation. I have never had a problem on any sort of ground and we bush camp all the time. I use the WDH bars from the caravan across the base and it has never blown over with these weights on - unlike the tripod that had to be pegged securely.

From unzipping the carry bag to getting a very good TV signal originally on analogue and now on VAST - 5 mins max and I only use a very cheap $25 sat signal finder.

My dish is only 68 cm and I have been all over the west top to bottom, around the Territory and east, west and north of Alice and most of central and northern Qld - again never a problem getting a signal.

I reckon the dude in Katherine must have a lot of 1.2 m dishes he is trying to get rid of. Just my opinion.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 14:57

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 14:57
Each to his own I suppose. I found the triangular one too flimsy and a PITA and went to a sturdier low mount tripod and dish. Only one wingnut for the elevation setup. Unless it is a cyclone I don't bother pegging it down.
Maybe it depends on the quality of components.
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Reply By: OBJ - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 14:07

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 14:07
I am putting together a setup to use on the Vast satellite network. I 'sourced' a dish from the local tip, which was an old Foxtel dish. I already have the Vast box and it works. So, try the tip first. Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 21:15

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 21:15
As OBJ said,
I paid $10 at the local recycle yard at the tip, works perfectly, the last trip that we took the telly was for 20 weeks outback and gulf country and failed to get reception on 5 nights only.

I used a section of star picket with the "fins" ground to make a taper at the top, then a piece of pipe in the normal clamps of the dish jambs down over the taper after the piece of picket is driven into the ground.

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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 18:42

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 18:42
I’ve looped Australia twice including across the top with 800mm disk and never had a problem and have received signals when those with smaller disks were struggling.
Make sure you get a good digital satellite finder I have both the Prof SF-500 and the Satlink WS6906.
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Reply By: two_ks - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 01:54

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 01:54
Hi Danny,
easiest way to set up sat dish. Use ipad, down load Wikicamps,very good section on sat dish alignment including use of camera to be sure of line of sight to satellite, also many camp sites around Australia.
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Reply By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 14:37

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 14:37
I have a cheap "screamer" Sat finder, and a Digital Sat Finder that only sounds when you are on the chosen satellite. I have found that the screamer is easier to use finding the satellite, and then use the digital one if I need to check that I am on the right satellite if not getting a response from the box. I have found that it can take 20 secs or so for the Fox Box to respond to the incoming signal, and the VAST box longer. An 80 cm dish is the way to go I have found, and we carry ours on the bed when travelling. I rarely peg mine down, and recently watched it float past the window when hit with a strong gust of wind …. lesson learned.

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