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Old 02-24-2016, 10:00 PM   #1
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Talking Recommendations for portable satellite dish

Hi everyone,

Considering buying a portable satellite dish. Does anyone have recommendations? I have Directv at home, so will be using a Directv receiver. Not sure if I'm going to get a SD or HD receiver, but thinking HD receiver.

I was initially going to get a satellite dish, the kind that go on your roof, but now I'm thinking of getting the fancier ones that look like a dome.

I've heard that the HD types require power, is that the same for domes as well? Will take any advice. Thanks everyone!
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:39 AM   #2
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I have Dish at home and I bought the King Tailgater which has a grey dome. I went with Dish because I could get HD. I think Direct TV only provides SD portability. I talked to a guy that had a tailgater and he was paying $14 a month for the receiver on his boat and had same service as home, which was with Direct TV but could only get SD.

I pay $7 a month for my receiver and get all the channels I get at home including HD. I like the portability of being able to move the tailgater around. It gets its power from the receiver through the coax cable.

It is easy to set up. You just turn on the receiver and a screen comes up where you select what state you are in and do a scan. It automatically finds the satellites and downloads the program guide and that is it.

I could have opted to use my receiver at home and not pay the additional $7 a month but it was a pain swapping from house to RV.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:33 PM   #3
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+1 on dish. I use the winegard X1 antenna but didn't permanently attach it to the roof. I have the tripod for it (never opened the box). I usually hook the cable from the X1 to the cable connector in the power compartment, climb the ladder and rest it on the roof at the best location for access to the southern sky. My receiver is in the bin above the sink behind the TV. I have the 211z receiver but am not that happy with it (infrared only). Also have a hard drive on the 211 for recording. Although you can add an over the air receiver to the 211, you won't be able to record shows from it (trust me on that). I've also added a 4 receiver tivo to the mix and upgraded to a much better roof antenna. Mama is very happy with not missing her shows. To get connected, I ran an extra cable from the bin over the passenger seat into the tv compartment--this way the OTA antenna and cable/dish line are both accessible. The other TVs only access the OTA signal (no TIVO) the way I have it configured (I can switch them to park cable but it isn't easy).
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Old 02-25-2016, 03:20 PM   #4
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I have the winegard portable dish for my directtv system.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:49 PM   #5
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The only way to get HD on Directv is to have the 3 LNB portable dish or the one mounted on the roof.
You could go with the newer swim model or the older nonswim model.
Those portable dome dishes do not pick up HD Directv, only SD Directv.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:14 PM   #6
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Thank you! Everyone has been so helpful. Looks like Dish might be the way to go. I have Directv at home now but maybe I need to think about switching to Dish at home too.
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:00 AM   #7
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The only way to get HD on Directv is to have the 3 LNB portable dish or the one mounted on the roof.
You could go with the newer swim model or the older nonswim model.
Those portable dome dishes do not pick up HD Directv, only SD Directv.
Is it complicated to set up the portable 3LNB dish? I looked into it and almost went for it but I think you need to have some sort of power supplied to the dish as well?
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:28 AM   #8
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Is it complicated to set up the portable 3LNB dish? I looked into it and almost went for it but I think you need to have some sort of power supplied to the dish as well?
Not at all complicated once the initial dish adjustments are made.
It typically takes me 10-15 minutes from dish set up to watching tv. Most times less.

The dish (actually the LNB's on the dish arm) will be powered through the coax by the receiver.
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Old 02-26-2016, 01:43 PM   #10
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I have the Wineguard x2. I plug in the coax cable to my receiver and it automatically searches for and finds the satellites. It can use Eastern arc or Western arc satellites. Just make sure your receiver is the correct model that will power up the dish. Several models will work. I can also go pay as you go so a Dish contract is not required. Very happy with it.
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