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We recently purchased a Dish Playmaker. Does anyone have a good app for smartphones or androids to help locate satellites?


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I use SatFinder Lite on my iPhone. It's free. It works.
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Just set the antenna down looking at the southern sky. It will find the satellites automatically. That's what it's supposed to do. Same as the tailgater. Thus, the convenience.
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Just set the antenna down looking at the southern sky. It will find the satellites automatically. That's what it's supposed to do. Same as the tailgater. Thus, the convenience.
True, but if you are in the trees or have other RVs/obstructions around you a sat finder app helps you find a spot with clear view. We use Satellite AR on our droids.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:03 PM   #6
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Just set the antenna down looking at the southern sky. It will find the satellites automatically. That's what it's supposed to do. Same as the tailgater. Thus, the convenience.

I spoke with a tech today from Dish Outdoors and he suggested getting an app to help with location. He said there are a number of these out there so I was testing the waters to see what everyone else is using. Thanks everyone!


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True, but if you are in the trees or have other RVs/obstructions around you a sat finder app helps you find a spot with clear view. We use Satellite AR on our droids.
OK fine but then what do you use as a reference for pointing the antenna directly at that spot. The antenna is a multi gimbaled dish that drives to locate the satellite beams, wherever they are. The only fixed reference point on the dish is the handle and it is construed to be the back of the antenna so the opposite side must be the front which is positioned toward the southern sky. In reality the dish will rotate and elevate looking for the satellites no matter where the front is positioned. The problem with the carry outs is that they have a very small dish and therefore sometimes it's a crap shoot to get a good satellite signal when obstructions (trees etc.) are involved.
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OK fine but then what do you use as a reference for pointing the antenna directly at that spot. The antenna is a multi gimbaled dish that drives to locate the satellite beams, wherever they are. The only fixed reference point on the dish is the handle and it is construed to be the back of the antenna so the opposite side must be the front which is positioned toward the southern sky. In reality the dish will rotate and elevate looking for the satellites no matter where the front is positioned. The problem with the carry outs is that they have a very small dish and therefore sometimes it's a crap shoot to get a good satellite signal when obstructions (trees etc.) are involved.
As was mentioned, the app helps you find a spot to set the portable so it has the best chance of finding the sats itself. But thanks for the detailed description of how a portable works (which can be found in the product description). You are making this very simple process way too hard. The phone app works just fine for us😀
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