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Winegard Trav'ler SK-1000 or Dome Minimax?
Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:34 PM
My question is... for roof-mounted satellite reception, should we install a Winegard Trav'ler SK-1000, or a Dome minimax?
The cost delta appears to be about $600 more for the Trav'ler, but I would be inclined to pay if improvement in the 'responsiveness, reliability, quality reception' part was noticeable. Anyone have any experiences or advice that they would be willing to share?
Posted 06 October 2012 - 10:03 PM
Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:38 AM
Also, the Dish service is provided from 3 different satellites (more is you want to discuss Western Arc and Eastern Arc) and a dome can only see one satellite at a time. This would limit or eliminate the use of a DVR or dual tuner box if you choose the dome. The dome and Dish work best together if you plan to only use one signal tuner receiver. For anything else I would recommend the open faced antenna.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:20 AM
I'm not sure of the model number of the Winegard, but there is a model for either Direct or Dish with full HD. Either one can be retrofitted to receive the other for around $200 if you become unhappy with the provider. Motosat will tell you they are the only one that will allow you to switch; that is not true.
My suggestion is that you work directly with Winegard. They have a phone number to deal directly with the user.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:46 PM
There is no dome presently on the market that can provide more than one satellite at a time. So unless you wish to only watch one channel at a time, unless they happen to be on the same satellite, then a dome would suffice.
If you wish to have the full featured functionality of the receiver, then the Traveler is the way to go.
I personally would opt for the Traveler.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:13 PM
My suggestiion would be to go with the 3 LNB dish.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:07 AM
I switched to winegard last year after 4 years of hassel and frustration with Motosat. To locate the satellite is a piece of cake. The quality of the equipment is far superior. I am on Bell TV and when I am in Florida I would lose alot of channels and the signal quality was generally weaker on all transponders. With winegard everything is perfect just like at home. I have 2 receivers which permits viewing different programming. My winegard is an open face model traveller 1000
Hope this is helpful
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:33 AM
On a note separate from the Trav'ler, do you know that Bell has now reduced the area where the signal is available? Bell changed the US footprint on the HD signal (82 sat) awhile back and now they appear to have change the other satellite (91 sat) footprint as well. There are reports that neither satellite is available after you get a few hundred miles S. of the border. It appears to be along a line somewhere around the middle of OR (44th parallel?).
Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:32 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 02:20 PM
To use two bell receivers do I need two coax's coming into the coach or can I use a splitter within the coach?
Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:09 PM
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