Portable Satellite Dish

Television and radio broadcasts provided by satellite are very popular with many people around the world. For those in remote locations, these broadcasts are often their only source of information and entertainment. A portable satellite dish is a great way to receive broadcasts while traveling. They are compact and lightweight but also expensive, costing hundreds of dollars. They can be setup in a few minutes but it takes a bit of practice to adjust them for the strongest signal.

The most common reason for buying a portable satellite dish is to watch television while on the road. A dish can also be used for satellite internet, provided there is a way to send signals as well. It is impractical to have a fixed dish on a caravan because it would need to be realigned at every stop, and it could easily be damaged while driving. A portable dish is a better alternative because it is quick and easy to setup and it take up very little space when folded. It can also be taken away on camping trips and used with a laptop.

The main parts of a portable satellite dish are the base, dish, and the feed. The base and support arms hold the dish focused at a point in the sky. Satellites used for broadcasts are geostationary, which means they remain in the same spot in the sky. The dish, also called a reflector, increases the strength of the weak radio signal by focusing it towards the feed. The feed has a waveguide that directs the signal into the low noise block (LNB). The LNB converts the radio signal into an electrical signal, which is sent through a coaxial cable to a television receiver or computer modem.

When choosing a portable satellite dish, it is important to check what accessories are included with it. A spirit level, compass, and inclinometer are essential for setting up the dish. They will need to be purchased separately if they are not part of the base or included in the box. A satellite finder can save time when setting up the dish. It is a small meter that measures the strength of the signal when connected to the coaxial cable. A solid carry case is also good for protecting the dish while it is being transported. Some models even have the base that doubles as a case, with the lid section attached to the dish.

Setting up a portable satellite dish takes only a few minutes. The base is placed on a level surface and the dish is pulled into the upright position. The base and dish are then pointed towards the satellite. There is usually a spirit level, compass, and inclinometer built into the base that helps with the setup. With the coaxial cable connected and the receiver turned on, the process of adjustment to get the best signal can begin. Digital signals can take several seconds to appear so there should be a pause between each move of the dish. To pack the dish away, simply disconnect the cable and fold the dish and base together.

A portable satellite dish will work flawlessly most of the time. To get the maximum signal strength, the dish needs to be pointing directly at the satellite and have a clear path between it and the sky. When a problem does occur, it is usually the result of a drop in signal strength. This can be caused by trees, tall buildings, weather effects, or a change in the position of the dish. There may also be a loose connector or a break in the coaxial cable. A damaged or warped dish may also be the problem because it will reflect less of the signal. There may even be a fault with the receiver or the television.

This Portable Satellite Dish Review is Written/Updated on Dec 9th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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