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Old 03-24-2018, 07:02 PM   #21
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That link doesn't seem to work for me. What's the cost?


I'll fess up, I have a dummy dome for exactly the reasons stated. It would look really odd having just one testicle off on the side, where two look much better. I got mine used from the installer and don't recall the cost, but a quick google search suggests around $300.
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:44 PM   #22
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TT, if you have a close up picture of the Sat Domes on your mast, could you post or send me a PM?
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:07 PM   #23
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You mean for roughly a boat buck, I could look like the big guys?!
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That link doesn't seem to work for me. What's the cost?


I'll fess up, I have a dummy dome for exactly the reasons stated. It would look really odd having just one testicle off on the side, where two look much better. I got mine used from the installer and don't recall the cost, but a quick google search suggests around $300.
Not sure why the link doesn't work for you (are you on your phone or tablet?).

They range in price from $300 to $1k.
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Not sure why the link doesn't work for you (are you on your phone or tablet?).



They range in price from $300 to $1k.

IPad. Thanks for relaying. I probably wouldn't have paid $1000, but for $300 it would be worth it to me again.
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:07 PM   #26
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TT, if you have a close up picture of the Sat Domes on your mast, could you post or send me a PM?
Does this help?
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Both are the real deal here. Empty domes go up in price as the size goes up. I bought my KVH Tracphone V7 used and replaced the dome. $1200 for a new V7 dome.

Twistedtree I love your boat.

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Hey Ray, is your dome real or a dummy and is it used to house other equipment or is it empty?
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If I'm going to have two fake domes on my boat, I want to make them look like this. Hoping it will cut down on rude wakes!
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Does this help?
Yes, Thanks.

Is that a heading compass on the very top?

I am going to put a SC30 heading compass above the domes and NXT Doppler Solid state. Furono TS said the top of the SC30 could be at the same elevation as the top of the Sat Domes, and the SC30 would still be happy.

With that config, the I3 obstructions drawing is not met (angle greater 10 degrees) but Intellian TS said reception should still be ok but I should get an App to track satellites. Do you use an App or anything special in this regard?

Any issues with the Tv Sat dome being obstructed by your gear up there?
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Reminds me of the plastic testicles, available in various sizes, that some folks have installed in their neutered (male) dogs. Presumably so that their precious won't be embarrassed during sniff-ins.
That’s a THING?? People really DO that???
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We have a second “dummy” dome. It was added by previous owner. It is actually useful. It has gps and AIS antennas in it.
+1. Our boat came with the dummy dome in place and when we did our electronics upgrade our guy suggested using it to hide the new GPS and satellite radio antennae. Hadn't even occurred to me and it was really a great solution in my opinion.
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That’s a THING?? People really DO that???

I've only seen them hanging from trailer hitches on pickup trucks. I guess if you are not a man, you need to constantly reming people you are a man.
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Yes, Thanks.

Is that a heading compass on the very top?

I am going to put a SC30 heading compass above the domes and NXT Doppler Solid state. Furono TS said the top of the SC30 could be at the same elevation as the top of the Sat Domes, and the SC30 would still be happy.

With that config, the I3 obstructions drawing is not met (angle greater 10 degrees) but Intellian TS said reception should still be ok but I should get an App to track satellites. Do you use an App or anything special in this regard?

Any issues with the Tv Sat dome being obstructed by your gear up there?

Yes, sat compass at the top. In practice I have had no interference in any other devices from the sat dome. And no interference in the sat from other devices, though I did make sure the sat and other things are out of the radar beams.

I'm not familiar with any app, or how it might help. The KVH figures out where the sats are, picks the one to use, and tracks it. You just turn it on and wait for it to come online. I'm not sure what the app would do.

Along the way I have learned two things about the KVH that might be applicable to your intellian. First, it uses a ton of power. 140W all the time when on. It's 3x the daily power of my sub zero fridge. Definitely turn it off when not in use, or at least at night. Second, it's worth hooking up the NMEA 0180 feed to the sat dome such that it gets location and heading from the boats instruments. It noticeably speeds up acquisition when you power it on.

And I guess I too have another dummy dome if you count my head :-)
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On the inland waterways its always been a problem getting TV for the admiral.
I've spent thousand on various Omni directional aerials, boosters, cabling and satellite dishes.
Now its all redundant, we use Google Chromecast.
We both have a glass of vino collapso, she has the TV, I curl up with a book.
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Reminds me of the plastic testicles, available in various sizes, that some folks have installed in their neutered (male) dogs. Presumably so that their precious won't be embarrassed during sniff-ins.
Not just for dogs I know a testicular cancer survivor who has a silicon implant. Gotta keep the balance man!
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Yes, sat compass at the top. In practice I have had no interference in any other devices from the sat dome. And no interference in the sat from other devices, though I did make sure the sat and other things are out of the radar beams.

I'm not familiar with any app, or how it might help. The KVH figures out where the sats are, picks the one to use, and tracks it. You just turn it on and wait for it to come online. I'm not sure what the app would do.

Along the way I have learned two things about the KVH that might be applicable to your intellian. First, it uses a ton of power. 140W all the time when on. It's 3x the daily power of my sub zero fridge. Definitely turn it off when not in use, or at least at night. Second, it's worth hooking up the NMEA 0180 feed to the sat dome such that it gets location and heading from the boats instruments. It noticeably speeds up acquisition when you power it on.

And I guess I too have another dummy dome if you count my head :-)
I had a dome on a previous boat but it was at the top of the mast and never had any tracking issues. I am now looking at a horizontal layout similar to what you have across a radar arch. Good tip on the NMEA feed.
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