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Old 06-14-2014, 07:25 AM   #1
Wayne & Kim
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Location: Nassau County, FL
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Winegard Pathway X1 Portable Satellite Antenna

I wanted to post some thoughts on the Winegard Pathway X1 Portable Satellite Antenna since I didn't see much on forum about it. Our 36CKTS has the connections on outside to easily hook up satellite to both the living room and bedroom TVs so I decided to get a dish solution that could support 2 receivers (The Tailgater only supported 1), and this one fits the bill. It worked pretty well; we did lose some signal when we used it down near Tampa as a pretty bad storm came through, but it was only for a short while.

The dish and moving parts are fully contained inside the dome; from what I could tell the X2 has at leas the top portion that rotates. It also has built-in capability of being mounted to roof if one wants to take that route. We use ours on ground so I can move it to prime location, and lock it with a chain to the 5er receiver area.

I may add an external hard drive or 2 to get DVR functionality out of the have we gotten spoiled!

One note: the primary receiver dictates which satellite is available for the secondary. With Dish Network, I have access to 3 satellites, 110, 119 & 129, the latter being mostly HD feeds. On the main unit, it is easy to switch between the 3, but whichever satellite is tuned to in there has to be watched on the secondary, although you can change to various channels on that same satellite (and thus also watch different channels on each receiver at same time). You may have to run a quick diagnostic on secondary unit if you changed satellites on the primary. (I wasted a bit of time thinking something was wrong and trying to troubleshoot with Dish Network; I shoulda just read instructions more carefully from the start!). Sticking to HD channels and thus 129 gives you most bang for the buck, and the Channel Guide can be set by default to show HD only by default.

BTW, I was gonna hold off on even getting a satellite, as we are not full timers, most places we go to have cable, and we had been watching less TV when camping anyhow, but on recent trip the place we had booked had no cable and local channel offerings were lacking. DW quickly decided we were buying a satellite and 2 receivers right then, so we did (TOWMBO, happy wife happy life, all that ). Now we can get the same programming we do at home when we go out, and if desired, also have access to campground cable when available if I opt to hook both up (which might help with the common satellite issue when it arrises, though I have not yet tried this).

I hope some find this info helpful (albeit a bit wordy)!
Wayne and Kim

2014 Cedar Creek 36CKTS
2011 Ford F250 King Ranch 4x2 Diesel, added springs
Nights camped: 2014 - 32; 2013 - 23
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