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The Sphere Automatic Satellite System is fully automatic in every way. Turn the power on, press the SEARCH button and the system will deploy from its park position and locate the satellite generally with about 4 minutes. The dish reflector is 85cm and offers coverage in most of Australia although the Northwestern region of WA is challenging for any automatic system to lock on. New software available as of August 2016 further improves its search capability in remote areas. Download the updates from our HELP PAGES section.
Solid steel gearbox and components mounted on the roof of your van need to be able to handle the corrugations and potholes commonly encountered on Australian sealed and unsealed roads. However, software plays a vital role in driving this hardware. From time to time (perhaps once every three years), updates are necessary to keep your Sphere satellite dish up to date . Not only is it important that updates can be easily installed (the Sphere features an SD slot), but also that the updates are locally available. The Sphere is supported by Coast RV, a subsidiary of Jayco and an Australia wide network of dealers can offer warranty and support if needed.
What good is a warranty if you're in Darwin and you need to return your satellite system to Perth or Melbourne for a fault? What good is a warranty if your supplier can't be contacted and offers little in the way of support? Coast RV offer a 12 month warranty on all of their products including the Sphere and have a network of agents and distributors all over Australia. SatPlus offer unparalleled support during and after the warranty has long since passed.
Simply turn the system on and let the Sphere search for and lock onto the Optus C1/D3 satellites. Simple to use and the best quality available (Korean electronics are highly regarded). The Sphere's gearbox features steel worm gear with brass main gear. The dish reflector measures 85 x 90cm (edge to edge 86 x 92cm) so will provide good coverage Australia wide for reception of VAST or Pay TV (VAST or Pay TV set top box required and not included). When in the home folded position, the Sphere is low profile at only 202mm and will sit lower than your air conditioner so no need to worry about clearance under your carport. Easy DIY installation as it comes complete with aluminium mounting plate ready to be glued (Sikaflex) and screwed to the roof. We can also offer a fitting service in certain areas so please call as we may even be able to install it at your home.
With a twin output LNB (device on the end of the dish) you can connect a VAST decoder or even a satellite Pay TV decoder and watch your TV at night while camping by your favourite river. Connect to a VAST decoder for access to all of the free to air channels. Consumption is only 2.5A while searching and then a mere 0.1A when locked on to the satellite. Powered via 12VDC too. Total weight of the Sphere is 16KG up on the roof and 3KG for the indoor unit (IDU) and cabling. The IDU can be mounted ontop or under a shelf.
Thousands installed on Jayco motorhomes as the Sphere is offered as an upgrade option at the time of purchase.
A link to the installation manual can be found HERE.
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I am wanting to buy a complete system to hand over to my caravan builder. Are there any other items needed other than the antenna and Vast set top box? Is there a choice of single channel or twin channel set top boxes in the Vast brand. I don't understand these things and need some guidance please.
Hi there Colin,
We can supply the Sphere system with a standard satellite decoder for watching only. We would supply the SatKing 800CA decoder for this purpose. If you required twin tuner with the ability to record a channel while watching another then we would supply the Altech DSR 4639 decoder. Both of these units are 12 volt.
You do only need the Sphere system with a decoder but decide which one suits you best.
Also, we're able to ship to your caravan manufacturer and offer them guidance during the installation if required.
How do you tune the Sat Dish and Decoder for the first time?
The Sphere is automatic so you press the power on, press search and wait for about 4 minutes for the system to lock on to the satellite. You will have to register your smartcard for your VAST decoder at www.mysattv.com.au
Can you advise the approximate cost to install on top of Caravan please. Probabky worst case sinareo woukd be OK please. Thank you
Our installer up here in QLD charges $580 for installation on a standard van to one satellite decoder point. We can wire up for additional points as well for instance to outside the van. This would be additional to the $580.00 This price includes GST.
What are the dimentions of the Vast Decoder and the I D U unit please .
The dimensions are:
Sphere control box (IDU) - 263mm wide, 130mm (depth) and 45mm height
SatKing box (decoder) - 220mm (wide), 130mm (depth) and 47mm height
The above measurements exclude the connections on the back so allow an extra 40mm for depth.
is it possible to get internet using your sat dish??
No, not possible as internet reqauires two way communication (transmit and receive).