Maplins satellite suitcase.

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  1. Bushtrekker

    Bushtrekker Read Only Funster

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    I've noticed these over the years and the price seems to drop by £50 every so often. Has anyone tried one and with what results?
    Cheers, John
     
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    That was soooo spookey. I have just come on to ask about this as well.

    Unfortunately I don't have a TV and don't want one either so I will need a scart to USB converter as well :Doh:

    I only want it to watch the F1 on RTL. Not prepared to spend a fortune on it or use valuable storage space...
     
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    You might be better off with a digital dongle.

    I've used these before and they do work quite well, Maplins do them, but they may be even cheaper online.
     
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    Still need the satellite system to recieve RTL
     
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    When they drop to the £50 ish level then they are a good buy as a starter kit.
    The receiver is the most valuable bit. The dish is "adequate" as a starter but screws and holding bolts will fail over time. However you can get a cheap Sky dish off ebay as a future replacement. Cable in these is low quality but again will do the job and you can always buy better at a later date.

    Aldi are the biggest importers so catch them when they do the deals. Maplins also discount at times.
    An alternative is to buy the kit parts via ebay and get a slightly larger dish. Most of these receivers all come from the same source and re-branded ie. Commag, Maxview, etc
    Get a 12v version as you can wire direct to your vehicle supply.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Silvercre...Freeview_RL&hash=item2316b65efb#ht_3290wt_202
     
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    Thanks

    I'll look out for those. I don't actually watch much live TV, even at home, preferring to watch on catch up when it suits me, but it would be useful to have live TV on board.
     
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    I have an almost new Maxview suitcase system in the shed if anyone wants to make me an offer :Blush:

    Only used a couple of times then replaced with a dome. No receiver with it - we use an old Sky box. PM me if interested.
     
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    Hi

    The maplin one to be the same as the one I use, which came from Lidl.

    I use it with the laptop feeding it in as the thread http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/tv-satellite/34264-satellite-tv-laptop.html

    The only problem can be aligning the dish without a seperate meter, this can be a slow job due to the delays in processing the digital signals. This delay makes the built in tone indicator slow to react and often you will have passed the satelite position before it has time to react.

    Mike
     
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    They work ok, the trick is to align (move) the dish a fraction at a time and stop giving the rest of the gubbings time to catch up as said can easily go past the setting you want, and i will tell you the first few times you try to set it up you will probably be swearing and ready to launch it but dont just take it slow and easy - remember a fraction of movement at the dish is a big movement by the time it is at the satellites and they are in a group of four so it is easy to locate the wrong one.
    It is one of those things that practice makes perfect - within reason. you not only have the vertical but also the horizontal movements to get used to
     
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