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Old 11-06-2018, 01:46 PM   #1
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Looking into satellite tv antenna to mount on the roof of a Flying Cloud Does anyone have any experience with the Winegard Dish Traveler or any other roof mounted satellite?

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Old 11-06-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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Well, I am going to try and talk you out of a fixed mount. With a fixed antenna, if there is an inconvenient tree in your way, you are out of luck. With my Kingquest 4100 and 50' of cable, I can wander about my campsite until I get a clear view of the satellite (I have a handy APP on my phone that guides me).

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If you decide to go with a portable and want HDTV you will have to go with Dish. AFAIK there is no portable that will do HDTV on DirecTV. While SD is available now on DirecTV there are persistent rumors that they will cease broadcasting SD in the near future although some rumored deadlines have passed.

I have a Winegard Trav'ler for DirecTV. I really like it when I can park with a clear shot to the satellites. As a backup I carry a standard Slimline dish and a tripod. I read multiple places that it is hard to manually align an antenna with a SWM (single wire multi-switch) LNB (all the new DirecTV receivers require antennas with a SWM) and that the standard inexpensive pointing meters don't work with them. I think the part about the meters is true, but the part about manual alignment is not. I just get the Az, El, and Tilt numbers for the nearest zip code from my receiver, set the dish for Elevation and Tilt, turn on the receiver, go to the signal meters page set for the 101 satellite. I use a compass or an iPhone app to find the approximate location of the 101 satellite and point the dish, moving it a few degrees at a time. Once I find the 101, I change the meters to the 99 satellite and peak it up. It's not as easy as the Trav'ler but it works when the Trav'ler won't.

Unless you have satellite at home, you have another choice to make - DirecTV or Dish Network. I have had satellite at home for years with DirecTV so that's what I use on the trailer. If I didn't I'd probably go with Dish since they have an RV plan that you can turn on and off on a monthly basis. DirecTV only lets you turn off once a year (or maybe it's 6 months, I don't recall). As an added benefit the Dish Network antennas for HDTV are about half the price, or less, than the Trav'ler for DirecTV. I understand that with Dish Network there is a master receiver that controls which satellite the antenna points to. The other receiver(s) can only watch programming that is on that satellite.

If you decide to go with the Trav'ler, get the steel mounting plate. It can be securely mounted to the roof and provides a sturdy foundation for the Trav'ler.


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Old 11-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #4
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Putting aside the whole theft idea, which I admit is definitely a significant consideration, why not just get the Trav'ler and place it on the ground with a clear view of the satellites? Then it doesn't matter where you park your trailer.

You could secure it with a cable just as with any other portable dish antenna. Of course, as with anything valuable (like a generator), a determined thief can always find a way to bypass your security measures. And, unfortunately, that might be an expensive lesson to learn.
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