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Old 07-19-2011, 03:26 AM   #21
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RE: DirecTV on the boat without the antenna

The folks I have talked to have no problems with it at anchor.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:13 AM   #22
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Check out Track it TV, formerly Followme TV. http://www.track-it-tv.com/default.aspx?From=FollowMeTV

Less than $900.
Has anyone used or any experience with this system?

Sounds practical from a technical point of view. *It is based on an electronic compass and tracks the compass bearing not the sat. pilot signal. *However, electronics *and step motors stuffed in a PVC pipe makes me suspicious though. *I think I would want to see one or talk to people who have one, before handing them my $900*

*We have been using the Follow-Me/Track-It system for ten years now and it works great. You will loose the signal in rolly conditions, but it has worked for us at anchor in 30+ winds blowing the boat around. Here is a photo of our current set up

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:42 AM   #23
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DirecTV on the boat without the antenna

>>Has anyone used or any experience with this system?<<

I have Track it TV with DirecTV and it works fine at the dock, at anchor and while running. I bought my Track it used for $400.


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Old 07-19-2011, 02:31 PM   #24
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>>Has anyone used or any experience with this system?<<

I have Track it TV with DirecTV and it works fine at the dock, at anchor and while running. I bought my Track it used for $400.
*Wow!! *That was a deal, where did you find it used?

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So is that a permanent mount and what did you use for a support extention? *Do you plan to change the mount?

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Old 07-19-2011, 03:32 PM   #25
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They probably dont want it erected / attached to the dock or piles, but you should be able to mount it on your boat. *If you don't want it permanently mounted, they make an RV model that is mounted on a flat compass rose plate that folds up for storage. *Set it on any highpoint on the boat with a clear SE view (on the west coast), point and shoot and you should be good to go.

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*I was not clear earlier, my marina does not allow dishes on their property. On the boat they don't care.

Larry, where did you get the fold up unit you mentioned above? And are the small dishes as good at receiving sat signals as the larger ones?

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RE: DirecTV on the boat without the antenna

When I say small I mean an 18" round. *The newer dishes are oval shaped and a little larger with multiple LNB's. I have a 18" round Directv Ant. mounted on my mast, which works fine while at a dock, but no good for anchoring or underway.*

The compass rose dish was on the bow of a sailboat. *He said he bought it from an RV dealership and I have seen them on line a number of different versions as well. It was like the one below .
<table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr class="bg_odd"><td class="p_img"></td><td class="p_title">Winegard Carryout MP1 Portable Manual RV Tailgate Satellite Dish - S310-221334</td><td class="p_rating">
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*They also have a tripod model which might work for you as well.*
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #27
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Larry, Yes that is a permanent mount. It is 4 inch PVC that is attached to the corner stanchion with supports running from the PVC to the top stainless railing. The Track-It sits on top of the PVC pipe. It fits the 4 inch perfectly. Here are some additional photos during and after the installation. Chuck

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I use Track-It TV and it works great.
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>>Wow!! *That was a deal, where did you find it used?<<

Found it at last years (2010) *MTOA Northern *Rendezvous in Baltimore.* Bought it at the flea market from a DeFever49 owner who didn't want it.
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GonzoF1 wrote:timjet wrote:my marina doesn't allow dish's and I would like to get programming when away from my dock.
*The way I understand it, The Freedom of Information Act does not allow them to do this. Lots of court challenges of HOA rules overturned the restrictions on communication antennas. YMMV

*Sorry but a marina is not a Home Owners Association, it is Private Property and the property owner can pretty much do anything he wants and establish any rules. Chuck
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Why not pick up a cheap used antenna, take a box from home of buy one on Ebay and for $6/month you have DirecTV.* It's worked for me for several years.*

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*After much thought, I think that's the way I'm going to go. We get limited but good enough programming with the on board antenna when we anchor. But I would like DirecTV when at the dock.

So John how does this work, just get a new or used sat box, antenna and hook it up?

Since I already have a DirecTV account I can some how get a duplicate card to put in the new sat box?
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Buy a reciever from a box store like Best Buy or another store. You can pick a dish up on line cheap. Receiver will cost about $65 and comes with a card. Take it home and plug it in, call 1-800-directv and tell them you added a new receiver in your bedroom. Unless they changed policy,*if you tell them it is for a boat moored at a marina*they will want to sell you another subscription. *Once you have your new receiver registered, you can take it wherever you like , no problem.*

Don't buy a used receiver from somebody. Directv will make you buy a new card for it, they're $20.

Also give some thought to how you will mount the antenna. Home dishes have a mount which is designed to be mounted on a flat surface and once setup they are not swung. *Your antenna has to be level so when you swing it around to acquire the sat. it will be at the correct elevation. Maybe an RV dish would be best for you?

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RE: DirecTV on the boat without the antenna

>>After much thought, I think that's the way I'm going to go. We get limited but good >>enough programming with the on board antenna when we anchor. But I would like >>DirecTV when at the dock.So John how does this work,

>>*just get a new or used sat box,antenna and hook it up?Since I already have a DirecTV account I can some how get a duplicate card to put in the new sat box?<<

Basically the answer is you buy/acquire a DirecTV antenna. If you buy a new box* you have to get another access card from DirecTV.* The access cards are identified to a single box so you cannot just bring the card from a home unit and put it into another box. At the dock you can even mount the antenna in a rod holder if you don't want it up all the time.

Remember that the local channels at the boat will be the same as home if you are within range.* Otherwise you will not get local channels.* Drop me a line if you want to chat about this..
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Tim, The simplest solution is to call DirecTV, tell them you want another receiver for a bedroom, have them set it up and then take it to the boat. You will need a separate dish for the boat and they will charge you $5.00 per month for the second receiver. Don't make it too complicated. Chuck
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RE: DirecTV on the boat without the antenna

Thanks again guys for all the advice.

I'm going to get a new sat box and leave it on the boat. I thought about using it in the bedroom but then I would have to lug it back and forth. We have a TV in the bedroom that gets its signal from a composite cable from my current sat box. That works fine but no HD. I'm OK with that. My family room TV gets its signal from a HDMI cable direct from the sat box. Some day I may get a component video cable and run it from my current HD sat box to the bedroom and then I would have HD there also. It eliminates the cost of another box, but both TVs always view the same channel.

Concerning the dish at the boat, I'm going to mount it on a piling that's located midway abeam the boat. I'm going to fabricate some rod holder system like John mentioned, one that will be easy to put up and take down. I may put an indexing pin so as to eliminate the necessity of realigning it every time. If anyone has a good system one they put up and take down every time they're at the boat, post some pics.

It's too bad internet access is so expensive. They're some great options for very little money if you can get broadband. A roku box and slingbox are just a couple of examples.
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