Alternatives To Oyster Sat Dish

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  1. oldfozzie

    oldfozzie Funster

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    Anybody had any experience of alternatives to the Oyster self-seeking Sat Dishes like the Telco?
    It's been suggested to me that I should fit the alternative as it's cheaper;
    Would be grateful for any suggestions
     
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    Just recently fitted an Alden, supplied by @eddievanbitz and I am really impressed..

    It was easy to install , came with everything you need for a DIY, Sikaflex, etc ..

    Install took about 2 hours.. most of the time deciding where to fix it to the roof..

    From pressing the 'on' button it is up and locked on in around 35 sec..

    It comes with a Lifetime guarantee.

    A nice bit of well made kit.. you won't be disappointed..

    I also bought the 12v Maxview HD FTA decoder from vanbitz
     
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    in my opinion none of the other motorised dishes come close to the oyster. when you strip one down they are so well put together with quality materials. i have worked on most of the other makes and i would definately spend the extra bit for an oyster every time.
     
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    Snipe
     
  5. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    a rather sweeping statement.. have you any experience with Alden ?

    do Oyster come with a lifetime warranty ?
     
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    We have a Maxi view and its been fine
     
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    Had an Oyster on the last van, now have a Snipe, the performance of the little Snipe is not far short of the 85cm Oyster and has the advantage you can use it in high winds. Not bad for something a quarter of the price.
     
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    We had the original Snipe version fitted in April, got it new for a very competitive price from the inter web, shipped from Germany with 2 years warranty. To be honest, whilst it does work pretty well, I can see us having to change it in the next couple of years - a couple of incidents with it not parking correctly makes me think so...
     
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    I looked at several systems.. from the cheapest to the most expensive.. . did a lot of research and read up on them.. my decision wasn't based on cost, the main criteria for me was Quality, Ease of Use, Reliability, Guarantee and Backup .. cost wasn't a factor.

    The Alden ticked all the boxes and after speaking to Eddie, (who knows thing or two about sat systems,) I decided on the Alden.

    Will give a full review when I return from France in a months time..
     
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    We have bought off eBay the Max View dome, we have just returned from Holland and received English TV all the 2 weeks, very please with it
     
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    We've got the 40cm Roadpro satellite dome only because that's what our dealer supplied and fitted. It performs as well as the Oyster we had on the last van with the added advantage there's no need to fold it in high winds. Disadvantage, if it is, it takes the van over the "magic" 3 metres.
     
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    Thanks everybody, I've got to go with the 85 as we travel south a lot
     
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    We have the Mobilsat system fitted ( 80cm dish, but rated at 85cm dish ) and use it all over EU and never had problems getting Sky UK with it. 20/30 seconds locked on picture running.
     
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    We had the Mobilsat on our last van for two years and never failed to watch Sky all the way down to the Algarve, we now have the Snipe and that has worked fine down to just below Limoges which is the furthest south we have been as yet Our first van had an Oyster on and it could be a nuisance in breezy gusts your money so your choice
     
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    you missed out the bit "in my opinion"
    plenty of experience with alden , they dont like the wind and will start to get very wobbly if used too much when windy.
     
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    as promised..

    very impressed, no problem locking on to Astra E 28.. all the way to south of France.. only once did it fail and that was due to being surrounded by tall trees.. and no problem when it was windy ..

    While at Mimizan I got chatting to a chap with a brand new Oyster 85cm dish who had problems getting it to lock on , he finally managed by moving his van a few meters out, finding the signal then reversing back into the pitch .. he was impressed by the Alden's speed at finding the signal and ease of use .

    so thumbs up for Alden (y)
     
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