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Message posted by bodie12/4/2007 at 2:20pm
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Any advice on Sat dishes?just started looking for my husbands birthday present and havent got as clue,

Thanks


Message posted by AndyVines12/4/2007 at 4:45pm
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Are you looking to mount on the van or floor standing?



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Message posted by AndyVines12/4/2007 at 4:47pm
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Just got my Maplins newsletter, complete sat system in a box for £79.99 if thats the sort you are after.

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Message posted by Griswolds12/4/2007 at 8:22pm
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Bodie

Not to want to confuse you too much Ė but I purchased one of those Maplin kits and they are OK if you are in a clearing that has no obstacles. Youíll need some form of tripod if you are looking at floor mounting. Might be worth upgrading the dish if you travel considerably. Also worth noting that you will require a compass to find 28.2į East and possibly a signal meter to determine the signal strength of your system.

 

Actually once you have set the dish up a couple of times itís quite easy, all you need to remember is that the dish elevation changes slightly when you mover from place to place. Have a look here, itís the Astra web site and it gives lots of good information about dish sizes and what channels you can get. Most importantly it details how to set the dish correctly.

 

Astra provide free to air channels so there is no subscription and they are, in the majority receivable in most of Europe.

 

http://www.ses-astra.com/consumer/sites/uk/home/index.php

 

Hope that helps

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Message posted by bodie18/4/2007 at 10:40pm
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Many thanks all,am looking for one that can go on top of the van

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Message posted by vikki7519/4/2007 at 7:26am
Outfit:  VW T5 Campervan     Location:  Lancaster
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we're thinking about this one.

http://www.travel-sat.com/

I just worry about the suction cups causing damage to the van. I posted in the equipment section for peoples opinions but didn't get many responses. It looks a good idea though as you can mount it anywhere on the van including the roof. I also wanted to know how people get the wires inside their van. I have an external ariel point but not a satellite connection, how easy/expensive would it be to change this? What do the rest of you do?


Message posted by JohnG19/4/2007 at 7:57am
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I have the Maxview Semi Tronic which I fitted to the van roof 12 months ago and I very pleased with it.

It is not self seeking but remembers a pre set angle of inclination and you then use a meter to find the satellite.

They cost about £450 plus fitting

Have a look here for fully automatic etc

http://www.leisurepower.co.uk/acatalog/Fitted__Automatic.html



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Message posted by Travelling-man19/4/2007 at 8:48am
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Quote: Originally posted by JohnG on 19/4/2007

I have the Maxview Semi Tronic which I fitted to the van roof 12 months ago and I very pleased with it.

It is not self seeking but remembers a pre set angle of inclination and you then use a meter to find the satellite.


I might opt for the max view you mention but I'm also thinking  about a self-seeking type. Are they very expensive?

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Message posted by JohnG19/4/2007 at 9:09am
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Between £1500 and £2000 was the norm but some on the above listing seem to have come down in price.

I went for the Semitronic because the load is taken by a pole attached to a cupboard side inside the van rather than the aluminium of the van roof.

Also the Semitronic could be fitted with a twin LNB for Sky+ which the dome type could not at the time I bought mine 



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Message posted by Travelling-man19/4/2007 at 12:19pm
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Thanks John. Much food for thought there but the semitronic will probably be the most sensible way for us to go.

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Message posted by AndyVines19/4/2007 at 12:57pm
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We have one mounted to our van roof that you push up from in the wardrobe on a pole, even though it is completley manual I find that with a compass, a look out the van windows at where others have theres pointed and I can get it set up in less than 5 minutes.

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