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 #101122  by Serviceman Dave
 Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:00 pm
Hi all, I have a friend who wants to get a 45cm dish to carry in his small van. Are they big enough or will a bit of light rain upset reception. Are they trickier to adjust? David
 #101125  by Karmann57
 Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:50 pm
I have used a small portable dish in my LT35 2 berth for the last two years with no problem. It is easily set up using a compass and the satelite finder. I connect the lead to the skybox decoder and turn the volume up high, then can easily line up the dish by hand listening for the sound from TV, then fine tune with the satelite finder to get strongest signal. Gives a good strong signal, have not experienced rain fade at all although can't remember being away in really severe rain.
 #101139  by Doit
 Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:40 am
I use a small dish. For a while I had two LNBs so could watch D1 and D2. I can line mine up just as fast as most people I see with roof mounted dishes.
 #101147  by scubadoo
 Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:05 pm
Serviceman Dave wrote:Are they big enough or will a bit of light rain upset reception.
Yes but slightly more susceptible to rain fade. Normal rain will have little effect.
Serviceman Dave wrote:Are they trickier to adjust? David
Easier than a larger one.
 #102900  by NeilV
 Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:51 pm
Any tips on lining them up?
I finally put mine together today, but didn't manage to make the "sensor facing 8 O'clock" and "slowly move through NW quarter" give me any useable signal (in 30 mins before the guests arrived)
 #102907  by Serviceman Dave
 Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:24 am
My friend bought the 45 cm dish on Trade me & I set it up outside the workshop door & got a pic. no trouble after changing the box to the correct LO frequency. Moved the test TV so I could see it & peaked on bar graph after using info button. Didn't need to use signal strength meter. Far less critical to set up than the standard house dish. After that I played with a even smaller dish (Ihug internet ?) Fitted standard LNB & to my surprise works 100pc so far. Didn't bother getting out of bed during the electrical storm Sun. night to see. David
 #102908  by Karmann57
 Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:31 am
I have this guide printed off and carry it in the vehicle ... s%20D1.pdf . You need one of those cheap $20 plastic "hiker" compasses from Burnsco or a camping shop to line the dish up to roughly 318 degrees magnetic, then set the elevation to around 44 degrees and you should be very close to the mark.
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