Excellent Satellite Finder.

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 19:41
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If you want to take the hassle out of lining up the Sat Dish – the Satlink WS 6906 finder is streets in front of the old squealer boxes. Just got one - $96 on ebay from china.
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Reply By: SuperGrover - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 21:46

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 21:46
I agree. These little sat finders make it easy for anyone to align their dish. I purchased one when I bought my VAST setup and despite paying $250 for it at the time it was still a good investment after watching others setup their systems.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 22:20

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 22:20
They are magic, but $250! - thats a bit rich.
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Reply By: terry j2 - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 22:53

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 22:53
Don't usually use the squealer box now. Have had the system for 4 years now and when we put it up point dish in the right direction and then gently move it around. One of us moves dish and the other watches TV untill good signal strength is found. Occasionaly gets a bit frustrating but generally get it right within a few minutes but sounds like the sat finders you are talking about takes all the guess work out of it and and makes it very easy.
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Reply By: P2D2 - Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 23:13

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 23:13
SF500 digital satellite finder is streets ahead in price and ease of use compared to the WS6906
SF500 $48
Can set the SF500 so only sees C1 which is the only satellite you want to receive from. Can set for other satellites as well as fully and easily programmable.
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Follow Up By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 07:46

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 07:46
Hi there,

Where can you get the SF500 for $48 ? I am interested

Regards GT
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 09:17

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 09:17
Had a look at the CF500 it’s certainly cheaper than the WS 6906 and looks like it does a good job.
I went for the 6906 not on price but because it had a few more features that I like.
I had no problem setting the 6906 up to receive 1 channel.
As for ease of use – I can’t fault it.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:22

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:22
One of the features of the WS 6906 I wanted was that it came with 2 chargers (240 AC & 12v DC) and built in rechargeable batteries. Another was a miniature TV sceen that showed the actual picture of the Auroa tunning channel. There are a number of other features, but I won’t go into them as they are easily researched on the internet.
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Follow Up By: P2D2 - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 18:51

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 18:51
[/url]SF500 Prof Tuner Satellite Meter

Definitely the best satellite meter on the market. If you buy 2 price works out at around $42 and if you buy one $48 including postage. Price at Satplus is $139 plus postage and Campersat about $200.
Very easy to setup. Delete all the satellites and only put in settings for C1. Has signal strength and quality readout, no batteries and is definitely best and easiest satellite meter to use.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 10:50

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 10:50
The SF 500 is not the best, there are many better but they are more expensive.
One of features I liked about the WS 6906 was that it had an internal power supply – which powers the LNB - enabling you to set up the dish without the need to connect it to a TV and decoder box.
With the SF 500 you can’t do that unless you purchase a separate power supply.
The advantage I find, particularly when I get asked to help with someone else’s system, is that I can disconnect their coax cable and check their dish alignment prior to checking for a fault elsewhere.
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Follow Up By: P2D2 - Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 21:34

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 21:34
Dennis as usual another don't know what you are talking about answer. The SF500 comes with a power supply included in the box. You can also power the SF500 from 2 x 9V batteries in the field.
The SF500 is absolutely the best and the cheapest for consumers.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 22:43

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 22:43
Now that you are getting personal this will be my last word on the subject. I don’t want a micky mouse setup where I have wires attached to a battery or an extension cord running out from a genset or a motor vehicle to run the finder. The WS 6906 is a complete unit with an internal rechargeable power supply - suits my needs better. You needs are obviously different to mine. The price isn’t the sole consideration for me – ease of use and additional features are.
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Follow Up By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 08:36

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 08:36
Thanks for your input ..... I have ordered the SF500 ... if it lives up to expectations that's good.

GT

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Follow Up By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 10:43

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 10:43
Hi there P2D2,
Received a SF500 the other day and wonder if you can give me any tricks to using it? It looks pretty straightforward. Mine came with a manual written in ????? looks like Russian!

regards GT you can pm me if you like.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 19:58

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 19:58
Hi Gee Tee,
You need to connect it to a power source – either through your decoder box or an external supply.
Add a new satellite.
Enter the Transponder data.
Enter your LNB data.
Have a go by fiddlling around with it - you wont damage it.
If you can't get it going let me know and I will follow up with more detailed instructions
Regards Dennis
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Follow Up By: P2D2 - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 17:46

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 17:46
Gee Tee what is your e-mail address? Will send you English instructions and details needed to enter into the unit.
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Follow Up By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 04:21

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 04:21
Hi P2D2, Thanks for that email address is graydonn at ozemail dot com dot au .

regards GT

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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 00:07

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 00:07
Best Satellite Finder SF-500 or WS-6906
About a month ago I posted my results using the WS-6906 satellite finder.
ExplorOz member P2D2, responded by saying that the SF-500 was better and that in fact it was the best satellite finder available.
Based on this advice I advised a friend to buy one – he is now a bit disappointed.
While the SF-500 is better than the old squealer type strength meter - it doesn’t match up to the WS-6906 for accuracy.
I tested both meters side by side and while they are better than the old strength meter, in that they ignore bad signals from other satellites, they both lock onto the Optus B3 and Optus C1 satellites.
Only the WS-6906 has the ability to differentiate between the two.
That being said; I have nothing against the SF-500, its good value for money, it is easy to operate and it doesn’t take long to adapt your technique to deciding which satellite you’ve hit.
It’s a bit a disappointment that people don’t do some simple research, before making misleading claims about their equipment on this website.
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Follow Up By: P2D2 - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 06:41

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 06:41
"they both lock onto the Optus B3 and Optus C1 satellites."
Obviously somebody that doesn't have a CLUE about setting equipment up. The SF500 ONLY locks onto the selected satellite which if the settings are correct is C1.

The WS6906 is a painful heap of manure to use and operate compared to the superior SF500.

"people don’t do some simple research" why not check your facts before making false and misleading and stupid statements.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 13:10

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 13:10
G'day P2D2
I just got a SF500 and also require English instructions. Can you please email to rodnjudy at gmail dot com.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 15:47

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 15:47
P2D2 – My mate is now happy with his SF-500 - I checked and reset the device to recognise Optus C1 only.
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Follow Up By: Adam B1 - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 15:16

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 15:16
Hi every one. Is there any chance you could send me the manual in english an settings as the one supplied is in a different language.it looks a good product and took under a week to get here.my address is aburnell@adam.com.au cheers
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Reply By: steved58 - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 00:57

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 00:57
If you have a smart phone android try wki camps Australia app it has a satellite finder built in looks really easy to use have not have yet had a chance to try it at $6 for the app good value and also lists all the camp sites in your location
Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:00

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:00
Just one thing to be aware of and that is that the Optus satellites have a 25 degree skew and some finders and charts do not take this into account.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 17:37

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 17:37
To correct my previous post, Optus satellites have a 45 degree skew and some finders and charts do not take this into account, even the SF500 doesn't. You need to subtract 45 from the skew reading to get the start point and then fine tune with the SF500.
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Reply By: choc - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 17:07

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 17:07
Has anyone used the model SF 3239.... I find it very difficult
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 17:50

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 17:50
Contact P2D2 in the post above - you will find that it is the same as his SF500 digital finder - they go under a couple of different names.
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Follow Up By: P2D2 - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 06:43

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 06:43
Choc what is your e-mail address? I will send you all the settings and instructions. The SF500/SF3239 with the correct settings is magic and the easiest and best unit available.
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