SATELITE TV

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 11:05
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Getting old and the wife wants TV when we travel. Have a camper trailer and get into the bush a lot. No TV and sometimes little or no radio. Can anyone advise what is the best option for decent reception of both regardless of where we are in Oz.

Regards Garry
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 11:36

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 11:36
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 12:02

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 12:02
Two of our mates have just set up their own system using an excess satellite dish from home with a set top box that receives all the commercial stations plus ABC and SBS, no fees. The set top box cost between $250 to $400, some of em have a card others not.

Standard 75 CM dish with home made mounting.

I could find out more if it would help.
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Follow Up By: Garry - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:21

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:21
Notso,

Thanks for your help. Yes more info would be greatly appreciated.

Regards Garry
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Follow Up By: Notso - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 07:53

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 07:53
This is what you need to be legal. 1 satelite dish with a LNB thats the thing that sits out the front of your dish. An old foxtel dish and LNB will do fine a couple of cables a decoder (which is very similiar to a set top box) a tv. and an aurora card see ebay item number 9700814721 and it will also tell you what channels you will receive. almost forgot the compass and satellite finder to point it in the right direction. The system is meant for people in remote areas or cannot get a reception by other means. KDs doesn,t have access to the free to air channels but tunes into foxtel off the same satellite by using his foxtel box. . With the card they can turn you on or off. If you ring up and tell them you are travelling outback they will turn it on for you and when you travel over west it will be another call. There is no fee involved. Plenty of sites about on the subject.
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 12:09

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 12:09
Greetings

Go here Satellite TV for travellers - Campertrailers.org site

Regards

Paul
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Follow Up By: Garry - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:23

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:23
Paul,

Thanks a lot. I looked up the link and it seems to explain everything. I'll follow up and let you know the outcome.

regards Garry
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:21

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:21
In the Queensland Country Life newspaper we saw this ad for VANSAT known as DIY satellite TV systems. Special $999 (incl GST). Call on (07) 4955 5879 or www.vansat.com.au - Aardvark Electronics.
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Follow Up By: sandbridge - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:23

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 19:23
What's so special about $999 !!

andrew
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 08:18

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 08:18
I would have no idea - the question was asked and I replied with something read in the only newspaper we get. When you live in the real outback most of the communications (particularly TV) comes from satellite - $999 is a lot cheaper than $5,000 or $10,000. If you know of or have cheaper Sat TV for a caravanner or camper then let other people know.
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Follow Up By: sandbridge - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 08:24

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 08:24
Yeh,

Not attacking you....just saying something tongue in cheek. It sounds like a big profit margin in it......

andrew
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 11:43

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 11:43
Then please give some cheaper examples and advise where and how to buy them. Not only for the people who asked the question but for us - that's why I have the clipping on the fridge because we are interested as well.
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Follow Up By: sandbridge - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 12:36

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 12:36
Ruth,

I don't understand your reasoning for asking for me to provide a cheaper alternative??? If i knew of one, i would have no doubt said so in my first post..... I just did a quick 30sec search and came up with http://www.satplus.com.au/prod3.htm at $748. If all you want is TV, then it sounds cheaper than $999!

BTW the vansat site list the price as $899 now (?).......just got cheaper :-)

regards
andrew

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Follow Up By: Peter - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 13:08

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 13:08
Am also in the process of locating a satellite system. Have looked at the VanSat and CamperSat setups but they are fairly expensive.
Try www.accessantennas.com.au, they provide virtually the same system for around $550. There are some systems available for around $300-400 but they seem to be lacking in some of the smaller items, such as protractors on the dish etc. The tripod also seems to be something that needs to be looked at. Some of the cheapies seem to have very lightweight tripods that may not stand up to windy conditions etc.
No doubt whichever system I end up purchasing will not be the best option!!
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 14:45

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 14:45
My newspaper clipping is Nov 2005 and like most anything electrical it seems to get cheaper the longer you leave it! Thank you for the information - I'll add it to the wish list. It is very difficult to "shop" or "window shop" from here and always constantly amazes us when we do get to the east coast how many new things, products, foods are available. One of our best discoveries was the CAMEC shop where you can buy anything from a nut or bolt upwards to build & equip a caravan. It's one of the reasons I like to look in the Forum - I've learned heaps and heaps - I also look at every rig be it tent, camper, caravan, 5th wheeler which comes through here - some great ideas and adaptions, because I am not able to go to camping/4Wd shows during the year.
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Reply By: Morgan VIC - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 21:38

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 21:38
great sat info http://members.dodo.net.au/~landline/tvsatellite.htm
we purchased on wednesday from the gentleman a 80w solar panel and 3 stage regulator for $700 delivered and 150w sine wave inverter $200 delivered to power the lights and sat tv
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 15:01

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 15:01
If you are going through Katherine contact Johnny's Electronics at 22 Katerine Terrace (Ph 08 89721102).
If not going to Katherine ring him anyway and he will arrange delivery for about $35.

Last year we were at Barn Hill W.A. and Johnny had delivered around 60 units to the crowd there.
As we were going back through Katherine we picked ours up there.
He spent about 2 hours helping us set it up at the back of his shop.

Cost was $450 for unit and another $80 for tripod.
Well worth it for those out of the way places where there is no or limited coverage with normal Happy wanderer antennae.

Pedro

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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 16:06

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 16:06
Chasing more free advertising Ozi?
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Reply By: Member - Stephen H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 09:07

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 09:07
Gary,
Vansat have a special on now,$899.00. You can also have paytv if you have it at home,also you can pay extra for the internet,really worth looking.
Good luck,must keep the boss happy.
SWH
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