MiniMax Mobile VAST Satellite TV Kit

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MiniMax Mobile VAST Satellite TV Kit
MiniMax Mobile VAST Satellite TV Kit
MiniMax Mobile VAST Satellite TV Kit
MiniMax Mobile VAST Satellite TV Kit
MiniMax Mobile VAST Satellite TV Kit

MINIMAX PORTABLE, MOBILE SATELLITE TV DISH SYSTEM FOR YOUR CARAVAN

The MiniMax satellite TV dish is the original design introduced to Australia by SatPlus in 2009 (beware of copies).  Since then over Seven Thousand have been purchased.  The popularity of this dish is due to its all in one design - integrated base with no need for a separate tripod. 

PROS and CONS

The benefits of this style of dish are:

  • Integrated mount so no separate tripod is required.  This reduces weight by up to 5KG.
  • Less space.  As there is no tripod required, only the dish needs to be stored.
  • Setup time is about 30 seconds to have the dish ready for alignment.
  • Alignment is easier than a standard tripod mount dish.  This is due to the placement of the elevation tube on the rear of the dish.  Each 5 degree graduation is about 1.5 inches apart so it is much easier to locate the signal.  On a traditional dish, 5 degree increments are about 5mm apart so greater accuracy is required.
  • Lower cost.  The MiniMax dish comes complete with LNB and padded carry bag and is around $80 less than a tripod mounted dish with bag.

The disadvantages of this style of dish are:

  • As the dish and base are one, it is more difficult to move the dish side to side on rocky terrain when compared to a tripod mounted dish.
  • It cannot be pole mounted.  Many travellers choose to take their dish off the tripod and mount it on a mast on the drawbar or rear bar of the van.  This isn't a practical option with the MiniMax75 dish.

EASY ADJUSTMENT

Setting the elevation angle of the dish is easy.  You can see from the picture below that the angles are in five degree increments.  Each increment is about 1.5" apart so locating the satellite is much easier with this style of dish.

 

STORAGE

The LNB arm folds in on the front of the dish and the reflector then hinges down onto the frame. 

The unit then packs away into its included padded bag and stored on the mattress or rear of the 4WD.  The package is 83cm tall but only 76cm wide.  Weight is around 5KG in the bag.

CONSTRUCTION

The dish reflector has been zinc coated prior to painting so will resist corrosion.  The frame is painted mild steel.  It is necessary (as with any metal outdoor product) to maintain the dish using silicon spray in the moving parts or wire brush and primer as time goes by.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

SATELLITE METER

You'll need to align your satellite dish to the satellite and to do this we include a needle and tone satellite finder as standard.  This is a basic meter as sold by most other satellite companies and does require a little patience and understanding to get the dish aligned correctly.  The meter is connected inline and gets its power from the connected coaxial cable coming from the van. A sensitivity dial is adjusted on the side of the finder and the dish is rotated until a signal is found.  This is indicated by a rise of the needle on the display.  If the needle goes off the scale, it can be adjusted lower and the dish fine tuned for maximum signal.  If no signal is being received by the decoder inside the van, then you may be on the wrong satellite.  Repeat the above until the next satellite is found. Recommended if you've owned a system in the past and are familiar with this type of meter.

All too hard?  Upgrade to the ClearSat 3240 digital satellite meter and hit the right satellite the first time.  Switch on the 3240, turn the dish until the meter indicates SATFOUND and the beeper is sounding.  Done !  We rarely sell our sat systems with the basic needle and tone finder and always recommend upgrading to the digital 3240 meter as it simplifies the entire process.  However, this upgrade is optional (choose from the options above).  The 3240 digital satellite meter has an inbuilt, rechargeable lithium battery so you can position the dish while connected to the 3240 meter and align it first, then connect the coaxial cable from the van.  The ClearSat 3240 features an LCD display that alerts you both visually and audibly when the satellite has been found.

CLEARSAT 3240 SCREENSHOTS

This is a screenshot of the meter when first turned on.  We have modified the software so that it starts up and goes straight to the alignment screen. Notice no SIGNAL QUALITY and the NO SAT label.

Now when connected to our dish and aligned correctly you'll see the SIGNAL QUALITY is high and the label now reads SAT FOUND....easy.  Visit our YouTube channel to view a demonstration video on the ClearSat 3240

UPDATE:  13/02/15 New software with big bold easy to read signal bars.

COAXIAL CABLE

Supplied as standard, RG6 quad shield cable @ 10 metre length.  This is to connect from your satellite dish to the caravan wallplate.  Our cable is professional grade as used by pay TV installers.  Each end is fitted with weatherproof compression fittings by us.  As we also fit our dishes with a short coaxial cable used to connect the meter, we include cable joiners for when the meter has been removed.

COMPASS

A basic compass is supplied with our system.  You don't need to be a scouts captain to align a dish. The compass is used as a reference to North.  When you read through our instruction manual, you'll notice that the direction charts relate to North.

WEATHERPROOF WALLPLATE

You'll need a way to connect that external coaxial cable in through your van wall.  We can supply our EziPlate weatherproof wall fitting that is easy and neat to install.  The EziPlate can adjust to wall thicknesses up to 35mm and is a direct, no loss connection from outside to in.  You may already have something similar but unless it is a direct connection from outside to in with no joins or splitter in between then it will not work.  This is an optional add on and can be chosen up the top of page near the add to cart button.  If you do add on this plate, we'll also include an internal 1.5m coaxial cable to connect from the inside plate to the VAST decoder.

SATKING 800CA VAST DECODER

The SatKing 800CA VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) is undoubtedly the best decoder for use in a caravan and motorhome.  Its small size and low power consumption as well as 12V and 240V operation coupled with features like PVR ready (recording direct to an external USB drive), easy to use on-screen menus, IR sensor port (so you can hide the decoder away in a cupboard and have the sensor outside the cupboard), HDMI output and more.  You'll get access to the complete range of free to air Australian TV channels almost anywhere in Australia.

Optional extras to compliment the above decoder are 12V cigarette lead and IR sensor.  These optional components can be chosen from top of this page.  The 12V lead will enable you to run the SatKing decoder from a cigarette socket.  The IR sensor is plugged into the back of the SatKing decoder and allows it to be mounted inside a cupboard while the sensor is routed to the outside.  You now point the remote at the sensor for normal operations such as channel and volume changing.  

This complete MiniMax75 VAST kit will provide you with years of trouble free operation.  You'll be able to access the full range of VAST digital TV channels as well as local weather and news feeds.  We offer unparalleled technical support 40 hours per week if required.  Thousands sold and used all around Australia from local to remote areas.  Best price too on this system

 

 

 

 

 

 

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