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Old 08-16-2017, 07:20 AM   #1
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Portable Satellite Dish

Good Morning Everyone,

We are considering Satellite TV again and am leaning towards a portable system as opposed to the fixed Traveler Systems. Could you recommend which Portable System has worked well for you and thank you in advance!

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Good Morning Everyone,

We are considering Satellite TV again and am leaning towards a portable system as opposed to the fixed Traveler Systems. Could you recommend which Portable System has worked well for you and thank you in advance!

Jeff and Lynn
Depends on service (Dish or Direct). I have Dish and am happy with a Winegard Pathway X2 and a Dish Wally receiver. Max cable length is about 50' which allows placement on most treed sites.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:34 AM   #3
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I have Direct tv and use the older King Flex satellite antenna. Now King has the King Quest. These antennas are fully automatic and easy to setup as long as there are no obstructions in the line of sight to the satellite. I just set it on the ground and turn on the controller that automatically locate the satellites. It takes about 5 minutes. These satellite antennas also takes up less room in a storage compartment than a full sized satellite dish and tripod.
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I have a Winegard Carryout that I use about once a year. I only gets SD channels but once a year I can put up with it.
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Jeff if you go with DISH as your provider one of the Winegard small automatic domes works well. Even though I have the Travle'r on my 2017DS I kept the small dome from my Airstream. Using it this week while I am in the building at HWH having Active Air installed.

DISH will give you HD channels. DirecTV is SD only.
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We have Dishnet. We take our home receiver with us when we travel and I use a antenna and tripod.

I normally don't set up the system if its just an overnight stop. It takes about 15 minutes to set up and aim. I did a short article on how to set it up, aim, and changing "Service Location" with Dishnet.

Using our home Dishnet VIP222 receiver while on the road – 1999 Southwind 35S

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I have the KING VQ4550 Tailgater for dish Tv. I have had it for three years and have great reception on all hd channels. With dish you pay as you go so you can get one month at a time with no connection fees or cancellation fees. With the 50' of cable you can move it away from trees and not have any problem worrying about where to park.
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X2 on the Tailgater. I have an one LNB crankup ant on the MH and a Slimline and tri-pod in the basement. But I use the tailgater most often. Quick, auto search, and a small package.
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We have Dishnet. We take our home receiver with us when we travel and I use a antenna and tripod.

I normally don't set up the system if its just an overnight stop. It takes about 15 minutes to set up and aim. I did a short article on how to set it up, aim, and changing "Service Location" with Dishnet.

Using our home Dishnet VIP222 receiver while on the road 1999 Southwind 35S

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Can you use the new dish wally receiver for your home AND then take it with you in the RV when you go on the road using the winegard fixed sat system on the roof?
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Wineguard Pathway X2 w/Dish 211k receiver. It will work with up to 100' of RG6 cable even though the book says 50'.

Don't take out home receiver with us as it's still recording out favorite shows while continuously hooked up at home.

It's only $7 a month tacked on to our home bill.

Added a small external hard drive and now it will record.
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Can you use the new dish wally receiver for your home AND then take it with you in the RV when you go on the road using the winegard fixed sat system on the roof?
I have no idea???

The receiver we have is a two receiver unit (two receivers in one) so we can watch two different channels on two different TVs. The dish antenna on my tripod is exactly the same one that mounted on the side of our antenna tower at home, a 1000.2, three LNB antenna.
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I have no idea???

The receiver we have is a two receiver unit (two receivers in one) so we can watch two different channels on two different TVs. The dish antenna on my tripod is exactly the same one that mounted on the side of our antenna tower at home, a 1000.2, three LNB antenna.
Which receiver model is that one?

I do not record other shows and do not need a DVR. My practical question was it makes little sense to me to pay for a home service if you are in the RV for 7 months and can use the same receiver.

The new wally receiver has the clicker that can go through walls, cabinets etc which is great I only watch one TV at a time so it is ok if the wally is connected to the front TV and then via splitter it is on the same channel when I turn on the bedroom TV. That is the good part of the new clicker, I think I can change the channel on the wally when I am in the bedroom. But I am not sure?
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Its a Dishnet VIP 222... It has two remote controls, one for each sat receiver. The main sat receiver has an IR remote (needs to be in view of the receiver). The second receiver uses a UHF remote, so the TV can be in another room. The remote has some very good range, a couple hundred feet.

We have the sat receiver in the front room so the IR remote can see it. the other remote we use in the back of the MH for that TV.

The Sat receiver also has a built in modulators for each of the two receivers, so these are easy to couple in to the regular antenna feed with a splitter/combiner. I seem to remember we put Rx#1 on channel 55 and #2 on channel 60 (over the air channel assignments)

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Using our home Dishnet VIP222 receiver while on the road – 1999 Southwind 35S

IMPORTANT - If the two channels you are trying to watch are not on the same satellite, I'm not sure how the VIP222 would reconcile this if it was tied to a single LNB dish... I believe most of the small portable self aiming antennas are single LNBs and can only see one satellite at a time. (Don't quote me on this, as I'm not sure)
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I have Direct tv and use the older King Flex satellite antenna. Now King has the King Quest. These antennas are fully automatic and easy to setup as long as there are no obstructions in the line of sight to the satellite. I just set it on the ground and turn on the controller that automatically locate the satellites. It takes about 5 minutes. These satellite antennas also takes up less room in a storage compartment than a full sized satellite dish and tripod.
X2 for the Flex....it'll support 2 receivers, will work with 100' of cable, is Direct, Dish, and Bell compatible......and if you can tell the difference between std def and hd, you need to upgrade your tv's.....using Satfinder Pro, easy peasy...I have 2 receivers that stay with trailer, and never disconnect service, as they're only $7 each per month...
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