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Old 10-15-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Amazing iPhone tool for finding satellites

I have just started using a new iPhone (& Touch) app for finding satellites before you park your RV. This amazing little app connects the GPS, Compass and camera to let you see the satellite arc and location of specific satellites at your campsite. For the first time I can determine where to park and be assured of satellite reception (or in some cases no reception) - no guessing.

This is a bit hard to explain, but is shown on this youtube video.


This satellite finder works for any satellite, in any location and is truly a step forward for those of us who are on the move and need to find our favorite satellites in ever changing locations.
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I have just started using a new iPhone (& Touch) app for finding satellites before you park your RV. This amazing little app connects the GPS, Compass and camera to let you see the satellite arc and location of specific satellites at your campsite. For the first time I can determine where to park and be assured of satellite reception (or in some cases no reception) - no guessing.

This is a bit hard to explain, but is shown on this youtube video.


This satellite finder works for any satellite, in any location and is truly a step forward for those of us who are on the move and need to find our favorite satellites in ever changing locations.

Just what satellite(s) are you trying to track?
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Just what satellite(s) are you trying to track?
When I pull into a campground, I want to know where my intenet satellite and direct TV sats are located. In my case I am looking at 91W and 101 (and more for HD via Directv). Launch the App, hold up the iPhone against the campsite and if you see sky where the sats are located on the screen, you are good to set up camp. We use a motosat f1 on the roof of the motorhome, so often just a few feet of movement can mean a shot through the trees to the sats.

Up until now, this was a trail and error process. Using this software makes the process much more exact and certain.

It is useful for finding ANY satellite that RVers may use. Also of course, if you use a portable dish, it will give a precise location placement.

Once again a great tool for those of us who want to remain connected when we are on the road in our RVs.

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This is a great app! This app would be good for sitting out and looking for visible satellites. I currently use the free Satellite Tracker app for this.

But, I have a 1st generation iPod touch and it doesn't have a camera or a GPS.

I do see a DishPointer Maps app that does not require a camera or GPS. Most news networks are using this to point their dishes according to DishPointer. I may install this app.

Thanks for posting this.

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stupid question but i assume you need sevice to your iphone so it can work?i camp where i get no sevice.

would it still work?
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With an iPod Touch all you need is a WiFi connection. I have an iPod Touch.

I think an iPhone can connect to an available WiFi signal if there is no AT&T data service available.

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With an iPod Touch all you need is a WiFi connection. I have an iPod Touch.

I think an iPhone can connect to an available WiFi signal if there is no AT&T data service available.

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Actually, neither device requires an internet connection. This software uses the current located (determined by the GPS) and the compass. The iPhone also uses the camera but still does not require an internet connection.
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Actually, neither device requires an internet connection. This software uses the current located (determined by the GPS) and the compass. The iPhone also uses the camera but still does not require an internet connection.
Thanks for the update.

My problem is that I have a 1st generation iPod Touch and it has no GPS.

I have an auto sat dish on the roof so these apps aren't that important to me.

I did a search on iTunes apps for RV. Came up with some interesting apps for RVers. One that looks promising is RVParks. It's $14.99. I did install an Escapees Club app, SKP Parks that was free.

The iPhone and iPod Touch are simply amazing devices.

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Having a 1st gen iphone is a problem as this software will not work.

I find this invaluable with the roof mounted sat. I am always having to jockey back and forth to get a clear shot at the sats. This way I can walk the campground to find an useable site. This is one of our main criteria for choosing a campsite and often two neighboring sites will have very different sky views. This is not such a problem in the western US where trees are sparse, and the sat view angle is high in the sky.

As far as RVParks software - it is bad news. Use you browser in the iPhone to look at RVParkreview.com. This is a much better and comprehensive site (and free).

One of the recent RV mags had a listing of the RV related websites but there were only a few. Another was a check list site.



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Thanks for the update.

My problem is that I have a 1st generation iPod Touch and it has no GPS.

I have an auto sat dish on the roof so these apps aren't that important to me.

I did a search on iTunes apps for RV. Came up with some interesting apps for RVers. One that looks promising is RVParks. It's $14.99. I did install an Escapees Club app, SKP Parks that was free.

The iPhone and iPod Touch are simply amazing devices.

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FINALLY got a NEW iPhone!

I've been happily iPhoning along with my first-generation iPhone since the very first day, way back in 2007.

Broke down and upgraded to the iPhone 4 last week (actually got it on 06/23, a day early ) ---- one of the first things I did was to purchase the Dishpointer Augmented Reality app.

It ROCKS!

Great tips here really helped me decide . . . thanks.
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RVNavigator - what exactly does this mean?
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In a motorhome with a dish on top, where should I place the iPhone to truly indicate satellite 'visibility'?

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The camera needs to have the exact same view as the dish to get an actual representation. If South is facing off the right side of the coach, it might be possible to stand on the opposite side of the coach where you can see the dish and get precisely behind it and give it a try. That's something that will take some practice. I haven't tried it on the roof, but have looked at many DSS antennas on roofs, tripods, and the one on my tower, and it quite accurate.
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