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Old 04-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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Looking at satellite dish for use with my directv receiver....

I believe I've narrowed my decision down to two products - the winegard portable manual and a standard 18" round dish with tripod.

The receiver ill take from home for camping use is an hd 21 model. That said I don't have a need for hd programming while camping.

The winegard is interesting to me as it breaks down into the nice protective case. I must say, I'm leaning that way.

Any words of wisdom?
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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I believe I've narrowed my decision down to two products - the winegard portable manual and a standard 18" round dish with tripod.

The receiver ill take from home for camping use is an hd 21 model. That said I don't have a need for hd programming while camping.

The winegard is interesting to me as it breaks down into the nice protective case. I must say, I'm leaning that way.

Any words of wisdom?
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I also take my shop receiver from home.

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Old 04-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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I believe I've narrowed my decision down to two products - the winegard portable manual and a standard 18" round dish with tripod.

The receiver ill take from home for camping use is an hd 21 model. That said I don't have a need for hd programming while camping.

The winegard is interesting to me as it breaks down into the nice protective case. I must say, I'm leaning that way.

Any words of wisdom?

Mine looks like turbos but in Directv . Maybe I'm spoiled but if u have a HD TV in he camper (and watch a lot while camping), then you might want a HD dish too.

What service do you have?
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We have the Winegard Carryout Portable (with DirecTV) and I have to say we love it. Pricey, yes. But so so easy to use. Saves so much frustration.

We've used two different receivers from our house with it, both times with no problem. Just have to change the settings on the receiver and then let it do it's thing.
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Rracer5 - I currently have directv so basically all I need is the dish and other required hardware (short of the receiver).

Any issues setting your dish up? There are a few campgrounds where I'd probably not obtain a signal (too many trees) but other campgrounds would be fine.

Where did you get your equipment? There are some package deals via amazon from oasis - good and bad reviews, so I thought I'd ask for opinions from the forum instead!

Dkb74 - looks like you have the auto find version, I'm looking at the cheaper manual version. That said, no problems so far obtaining a signal?
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Anyone know if an HD receiver will work with a standard round dish? We have 2 standard receivers for the bedroom and living area but it would be nice if we could take one of our HD receivers to use for the bunk room tv.
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An hd received should work with a round dish, but you'd be limited to sd picture and not be able to view hd programming.

The round dish doesn't tune in to the requires satellites for hd. I believe the round dish is to tune in to 101 only.

If you want hd programming you'd need the egg shaped dish and potentially other equipment. You might run in to other issues from what I read depending on the model receiver you have.
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Dkb74 - looks like you have the auto find version, I'm looking at the cheaper manual version. That said, no problems so far obtaining a signal?
No. It took a little longer under a tree canopy than open sky, but still found it and worked great from that point on.


We use our HD receivers with our Winegard with no problem.
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Rracer5 - I currently have directv so basically all I need is the dish and other required hardware (short of the receiver).

Any issues setting your dish up? There are a few campgrounds where I'd probably not obtain a signal (too many trees) but other campgrounds would be fine.

Where did you get your equipment? There are some package deals via amazon from oasis - good and bad reviews, so I thought I'd ask for opinions from the forum instead!

Dkb74 - looks like you have the auto find version, I'm looking at the cheaper manual version. That said, no problems so far obtaining a signal?


I got the 5 LNB dish from an online supplier a few years ago (can't member the name) then I got the heavy duty tripod from Camping World. With the HD dish, you must get the tripod as level as possible. Then I use the "Satfinder" app on my smart phone to locate the 101 degree satellite and start tuning with a satellite the tone meter. When I have the 101 on a strong signal, then I tweak the dish settings to get the rest. I've been doing it this way for 3 years and have never not gotten any signals. It has take me anywhere from 5 minutes to over an hour to set up. So, unless you have patience, $1500 will get you a fully automatic one from CW
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An hd received should work with a round dish, but you'd be limited to sd picture and not be able to view hd programming.

The round dish doesn't tune in to the requires satellites for hd. I believe the round dish is to tune in to 101 only.

If you want hd programming you'd need the egg shaped dish and potentially other equipment. You might run in to other issues from what I read depending on the model receiver you have.

Glad to hear that! Now we can take one of the HD receivers from home for the bunk room, even if we don't get HD. I wanted to buy an HD dish but the DH said "Honey....we're camping!!" so we'll stick with the standard for now. Just glad that we'll have channels for the kiddies & guests in the bunk room. Thanks for the info!
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