Satellite TV - For A Perfect Picture
Any Where... Every Time

Television reception, while travelling the vast Outback Regions of Australia, is pretty much a hit and miss affair. For us, it was frustrating at times, not being able to keep up-to-date with the latest news, current affairs and the occasional favourite show.

Our solution to this dilemma was to install a Satellite TV System. I read as much as I could on the subject and had decided to purchase a Kit from a company called Access Antennas & Satellites, a West Australian company in Perth, with offices as well in Bunbury and Brisbane.

I was ready to order their full kit for $584, when an email changed everything.

I'm a subscriber to the popular Caravan & Motorhome on Tour Magazine (now defunct), which I enjoy reading each month. In November 2014 they sent out an email to entice new subscribers and to get current subscribers to extend. To sweeten the deal, they were offering a Satellite Dish Kit, along with a 15 month subscription, for $149 !

Every month, I'd pick up the Magazine at the Newsagent and pay my $9.95. Now, 15 issues @ $9.95 comes to $149.25. Just so happens, the Kit they were offering is the Access Antennas kit, selling on their website for $339. This is the full kit, but without the Decoder Box.

I had to buy the VAST Decoder Box separately, which cost $235 postpaid. So I got the full kit, worth $584 including the Bag, plus 15 issues of the magazine ($149.25 across the counter) for only $384!
Now that's a deal !   
 

"But What About Me?"

Now all this is great for me... but what about you?

Since that time, I've been able to learn a lot about Satellite TV for RV's. Heck, I've even written a Manual on how to set up and align your Satellite Dish quickly and accurately.

And in my estimate, the following components make up a great Kit:

  • A 85cm Satellite Dish - a great size to get good reception across Australia.

  • Satking HL-10700 KU Band LNB (Low Noise Block)

  • The SatKing DVB-S2 800CA VAST Satellite Receiver - fantastic 12v unit with extremely low power draw.

  • The ClearSat 3240B (new model) Sat Finder from SatPlus. Built-in lithium battery and pre programmed for Optus C1. None better.

  • A Tripod and/or Drawbar Pole Mount

  • A Clinometer to get the angles right for a fast set-up

With that Kit and my Alignment Manual, you'll be a happy camper!

Want some ideas of where and how to mount your Satellite Dish on your Caravan for travelling?
See here...  and here...


 

 

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