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Old 06-30-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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Satellite recommendations

Are there any suggestions for satellites that would occupy less space on the roof that the Wineguard Road Trip. With 2 AC units, solar and skylights, the roof space is getting very limited.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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Why do you want to watch TV?
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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I work while traveling so I need to be current on business news which I get from both the TV and connecting to my office with my pc.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:00 PM   #4
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a portable Directv dish on a tripod that you set up manually. We see lots of those set up at campgrounds. They are movable so that if you park under trees you can still pick up a signal...You can add a HD DVD receiver for $5 a month to your home subscription and even record your PBS shows..........pj
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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v cube-portable satellite dish

Someone else here asked about a V Cube....but it doesn't have HD for Directv yet.....pj
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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Are there any suggestions for satellites that would occupy less space on the roof that the Wineguard Road Trip. With 2 AC units, solar and skylights, the roof space is getting very limited.
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With our roof loaded with A/C, solar panels (2) etc, I built a 4" high aluminum bracket for our MotoSat. Provided just enough clearance for the bath exhaust fan. The MotoSat find and stow features are all a push of a button. Just don't forget to push the stow button before hitting the road.
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tslanier, which satellite dish did you choose? i am also planning on working from the road, and while i am not so much interested in TV reception, i definitely want to maximize my Internet connectivity without having to bounce between metropolitan wifi hotspots... any advice?
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:27 PM   #8
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Stewart, I happen to know you installed the Motosat HD and that your post is somewhat old. Are you now doing something different? Why not us an aircard or is that too slow? I've used both the AT&T and Verizon versions with good success. Hope to see you for the HH closing week. Dick
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tslanier, which satellite dish did you choose? i am also planning on working from the road, and while i am not so much interested in TV reception, i definitely want to maximize my Internet connectivity without having to bounce between metropolitan wifi hotspots... any advice?
If your "work from the road" is at all sensitive to latency, you definitely do NOT want anything to do with stinky awful slow laggy satellite internet "service." Fixed service costs more than the 3G service available from the various national cellular carriers, so I can't imagine mobile satellite internet is any cheaper.

If you do anything with ssh/telnet/remote-desktop kinds of access, you'll hate the awful latency as well.
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We have a MotoSat mounted on the roof now. If I were purchasing one now I would go with the VuQube. We fulltime and at times have found it impossible to get a signal due to trees blocking it. We used the old tripod and dish and will never go back to that setup. HD does not really concern us.

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I find that a portable Winegard GM-1518 works well with Direct TV. It's automatic and locks on in a minute in most cases. The bottom of the unit has a metal circle that protrudes to the outside of the base so it can be locked to another object by using a cable.
Mine has a white dome but I see now that Wineguard is supposed to make a replacement dome out of a black plastic soon.
If any of you search and find the black domes, let me know, I'd like to order one.
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check the Winegard web-site. They were showing that they have the replacements for the domes in black.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:15 PM   #13
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check the Winegard web-site. They were showing that they have the replacements for the domes in black.

I could not find it on their web site, but you gave me an idea, and I sent them a contact email asking where to purchase one.
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When I upgraded my home system to HD they installed a new HD dish and a new HD receiver. I kept the old receiver and dish and use them in my trailer. The receiver all said and done only costs me $5/month for the trailer and is on my home plan. I put the dish on a tripod and all is well. I like camp sites with lots of trees and shade so this setup allows me to put the dish where needed to get a good signal. On the other side way a TV in the trailer??? Well, I do travel with young family members so in the evenings I stay close to the trailer. So if I get bored or the weather is bad I have backup entertainment.
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