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.
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.
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
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)
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
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