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The TravelSat dish has been a stock item of ours for over 8 years and over that time, thousands have been sold. They've been used all over Australia from Burnie to Bamaga and beyond. The dish measures 83cm x 75cm. It features a rolled edge for extra strength and is zinc coated then painted.
The rear bracket is a simple pivot design with a single wingnut to loosen to adjust the elevation of the dish. We've always favoured this design as opposed to other brands like Azure Shine or Triax with their over complicated mechanism and difficult to read elevation scale. There's even a plastic retaining clip to hold the U bolts together and stop the dish from sliding down the mast while you're sorting out the alignment.
For quick set up and pack up, the front LNB arm can be easily removed by loosening the knob on the rear of the dish.
A padded dish bag is included and protects all of the components. It has internal pockets for the small components, padding all round and enough room to store the cables too.
A sturdy tripod is included which has adjustable legs for uneven ground, bubble level and peg holes in the feet. This weighs about 4.5KG and packs down to 600mm.
Setup and ready to go, the TravelSat dish with tripod will look like this.
It's important to know which decoder you have so that we can supply the right package. A standard pay TV decoder which cannot record will work fine with the standard inclusions in this system so no need to make any changes at all - choose the option "I have the standard pay TV decoder".
If you have the Foxtel IQ or MyStar decoder (ability to record programs), you will require the LNB (on the end of the dish) to be upgraded to a twin output version as these decoders required two cable inputs. As part of this upgrade, we'll include a twin 10m external coaxial cable, a twin Eziplate weatherproof entry plate and twin internal 1m coaxial cables. Choose the option "I have the MyStar or Foxtel IQ decoder" from the option above."
Most customers prefer a self powered handheld meter which enables them to setup the dish with only the meter connected. This eliminates the need to connect the coaxial cable from the van during the line up stage. Our 3240 handheld digital satellite meter is rechargeable and super sensitive too. So when you're moving the dish while searching for the satellite, the 3240 will slowly beep when weak satellite signal is being received then get faster as you fine tune for maximum signal. Super easy to operate too, simply flick the slide switch on the top and the 3240 will go straight to the search screen. As soon as you 'hit' the satellite, the meter will display SAT FOUND, showing SIGNAL QUALITY as a percentage measurement and will also beep to alert you. Then, when fine tuned for maximum signal, simply switch it back off. With a full charge, you can expect around 4 hours of power. Comes complete with a power pack recharger, basic compass and instructions. We have a sample video HERE of the 3240 meter. Programmed for the Foxtel/Austar satellite so you pickup the right satellite everytime.
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.
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: As of the 13/02/15 the ClearSat has new, even easier to read, big and bold signal bars. See image below.
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. If you've chosen the MyStar or IQ option above then a twin, siamese coaxial cable will be supplied. This is 10 metres in length and is two cables in one.
You'll need a way to connect that external coaxial cable in through your van wall. The EziPlate can adjust to wall thickness 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 now a standard inclusion and comes complete with internal 1.0m coaxial cable.
If you've chosen the Foxtel IQ or MyStar decoder option from above, we'll include the EziPlate TWIN. You'll also get the twin 1.0m siamese internal cable too.
A concise TravelSat manual is included to guide you through the alignment process and we're here 40 hours per week for support if you need us.
To summarise, you'll have your dish out on the grass and your finder connected to the dish, cables from the dish to the wallplate then from the wallplate to the pay TV decoder. Remember to bring your power and AV cables from home and don't forget the remote control either !
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