Satellite System

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  1. colin&lesley

    colin&lesley Read Only Funster

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    I am considering a satellite system for my motorhome. I noticed while away this week a system that included a dish that was stuck on the drivers window, by three suction pads. Does anyone know what system this is and where I can get one.:thumb:
     
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    Maplins sell these or Lidl and Aldi. They are loved by some hated by others. I had one and found it fairly easy to set up. Expect to pay less than £100, they have been as low as £35 when on offer in Lidl.

    Andy
     
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    As a user of a fixed roof dish with autoseeking I envy those with non fixed for two reasons:
    1. When the wind blows the van rocks and so the dish goes off aim
    2. When we are stuck under trees, we can't run the dish from another spot like many non-fixed do.

    Based on that, I would go tripod rather than sucker fixed to the van.

    Patrick
     
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    Thanks

    This does have mixed reviews. What system do you have currently.
     
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    Currently I use a Sky Dish on a tripod, connected to a reciever from a 12v comag reciever ( this is what comes with the Lidl system ). The benifit os the tripod is when away we use the M/H as a car, so we just disconect the cable and drive away. The only problem is like this weekend we are at Santa Pod and on hard standing so no way to peg the tripod. So I will use the suction dish.
    I have thout about a roof mounted dish a few times but at £400 ish and the inherent flaws I will stay with what I've got.

    Andy
     
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    The benifit os the tripod is when away we use the M/H as a car, so we just disconect the cable and drive away.

    Andy, you must be the most trusting (or foolish) bloke to walk the earth.

    how many dishs have you had nicked so far....:Doh:

    i'v found if you left a bucket of sh*t outside the van some scrote would nick it!!!
     
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    This is true some scrote took me little chocks that go with me levelling ramps God knows how as most of the M/H was on it..and they nicked a bag of rubbish I'd put outside the van and forgotten to put in the bin that was in France this year on an Aire
     
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    Aaa!!! now there could be a genuine reason for these incidents.

    being a french aire they are very much aware of the holiday-headed englishman so to do you a favour a frenchman/woman realised you had forgotton to take the rubbish to the bin so did it for you...:thumb:

    re...the blocks.

    they didnt want you to try reversing over them in a moment of absentmindedness so removed them earlier for you.:BigGrin:
     
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    grab a bargain

    Hi
    As echoed from previous posts, the SAT systems in a suitcase are brilliant. Shop around and ensure you buy the kit that includes the sat box receiver (have seen them for as little as £70,Maplin,Aldi). Most include the sucker fixing you mention and various other fixings-G clamp and brackets. I have used mine all through France way down to nearly Barcelona-still getting UK programs,just suctioned onto our camper/fold up table. Any further south than Barcelona and you are moving out of the Sattellite footprint and need larger dishes. I was even using the kit in Spain- Santa Pola,(clamped onto an upstairs window) to pick up the UK programs being broadcasted by the Spanish TV companies !!. When we moved bact to UK, simply packed the system back into the suitcase, very easy. I would advise you also buy a signal finder(about £10-15)!
    All the best

    Paul
     
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    Hi Paul

    I'll look for this system at the retailers mentioned. The signal finder; is this available at these stores or is a specialised item?

    Hey thanks again for your assistance and opinion.

    Regards:thumb:

    Colin
     
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    Bought a 12v sat reciever from ebay, 18 quid.

    Cadged sky dish and some coax and mounted on pole attached to tow bar (scrounged that too!)

    Worked around France & UK, borrowed a sat detector nd already had compass.

    Thought I might have to keep adjusting elevation as I travelled south, but kept the same setting as at home in North Wales

    Went as far as Luembourg

    Can also pick up other satellites for a European flavour

    Give it a try

    Pete
     
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    Signal finder for sat

    Hi again
    Yep, sure, the signal finder can be Maplin, don't go mad on price. One with display+audio signal is best, still expect to pay £10-14. If I can use one anyone can, without one you'll be faffing around for hours trying to lock onto a signal. While you've got your hand in your pocket check out the short piece of flat cable(approx 4-6ins long) that will allow you to thread your arial cable through a door or window while it is closed ...some kits include this.

    Happy shopping
    Paul
     
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    The kit we bought from Aldi didn't have a sucker mount but we have thought that one might come in useful from time to time.

    Does anyone know if/where the sucker mounts can be purchased separately?

    Graham
     
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    Contact the number in the back of your handbook that will of come with the kit, I needed a new lnb and arm for mine, contacted them got both items posted to me. cost £10 total., cant even get an lnb for that from the shops. Word of warning, the suckers dont allways stay stuck to where you put them, mine went for an impromtu flying lesson hense the need for a new lnb, and i have seen reports of the same on other forums about the sucker foot
     
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    Thanks Chatter - but that solution isn't appropriate in my case I'm afraid. When I said the kit didn't have a sucker mount I meant that a mount wasn't part of the kit, rather than being missing.

    Graham
     
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    Colin

    The Maplins kit has a signal and audio meter built in. You simply press the info button on the remote and a signal strength and quality bar comes up on your television screen. Pressing another button opens a sound signal. My kit also came with an in-line signal meter but I found the built in one excellent and very accurate.

    The kit is fabulous, easy to set up and is exactly the same one as the Maxview one at twice the price. The receiver is so good that I have kept it to use with my Camos roof mounted satellite dish.

    The dish stand in the kit has three pressure suckers which allow you to fix it to non-porous surfaces. I have fixed it to glass and to the van roof but to be honest I used to just mount it on the dashboard. The only thing to watch is the position of the dish which must be vertical.

    Pat
     
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