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Hi.

 

Think that my basic non selective sat finder is on the blink and so looking for a replacement.

 

Had two of this type post-1814-0-51304900-1505381964_thumb.png over the years so this time I thought of one of those digital types which only respond to the particular satellite set, i. e. Astra 2 and ignore the rest with no more buzzing from surrounding satellites.

 

Anyone using this type of finder and recommend a particular model?

 

Thanks.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

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I don't think that there is a Sat Finder which is selective. If you can find such a thing, I love to hear about it Griff. I use the combined resources of a similar finder to yours and a trusty old Silva compass. Sometimes takes a little while and sometimes it's spookily spot on first time. I have also experimented with Apps downloaded to my iPad which list the satellites but I've returned to the finder and compass.

 

John. :)

 

I've just proved myself wrong, here are two, at a price which has persuaded me to stick with my old but not entirely trusted methods.

 

http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/sat-finder-plus-sf-9000-schwaiger/302441423741?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119. m1438. l2649

 

and

 

http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Axing-SZU-21-00-Sat-Navi-Professional-Satellite-Finder-Sat-meter-with-Digital/252988446034?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119. m1438. l2649

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Wondered about these http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Digital-Finder-Satlink-SF-500-Digital-Satellite-Finder-Signal-Meter-Sat-Dish-Fin-/282507811761?hash=item41c6c71bb1:g:-lUAAOSwYvFZMroz

 

Think they will only register with the satellite selected from within the menu. ....not sure. :unsure:

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I use the rudimentary scream at all unit but with an Easy Find LNB to tell me the screaming is on target or not. Plus aiming is based on finding 140 degrees using a Silva compass knowing I need a touch to the south. A budget solution given the TV has built in Easy Find system.

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I have one of those and it has remained in its box for the past couple of years.

 

I use a compass to rough aim. A camera-phone app if there are trees or such to avoid (you can see where the satellite lurks in the sky). After that, I use the signal meter on my sat receiver for fine alignment. .. (mine is a Humax PVR and I find that vintage TV is a weaker channel to maximise signal on).

 

Proper signal meters are many hundred of pounds and intended for professional use: e. g. http://cpc. farnell. com/c/test-equipment/signal-generators-signal-analysers/aerial-satellite-meters

 

A few people on here have spent something in the region of £70-£100 to get a device - sure a search should find the specific one(s) . .. but IIRC they were DVB-S only not DVB-S2 as well which would be preferred. Personally I can't justify that sort of expense when the receiver metering is available for free and I get equally good reception results.

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Wondered about these http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Digital-Finder-Satlink-SF-500-Digital-Satellite-Finder-Signal-Meter-Sat-Dish-Fin-/282507811761?hash=item41c6c71bb1:g:-lUAAOSwYvFZMroz

 

Think they will only register with the satellite selected from within the menu. . . ..not sure. :unsure:

That's what I have now. It came from China and was programmed with all sorts of satellites except Astra so I had to prog that in. I removed all the others so in effect it now ONLY responds to Astra. I picked up the know how on here so a search would find it I'm sure. I also made a stand alone power supply using two 9v batteries which I connect to set up the dish before attaching the TV etc. I put pics on here. The Quality strength meter is the clincher as it identifies you have got the correct Sat.

I have a compass to get me pointing in the general right direction OR just copy existing dishes on local properties. Takes about a minute to lock on and find the best % strengths (Signal & Quality) and you're done.

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Yup its the SF500 for me to excellent-dirt cheap-you can find them with the Astra set of 28. 2 satellites preinstalled or d-i-y.

The cheapest version-and there are many-comes with chinese? satellites installed just delete them and input the 28. 2 info.

The beauty of the SF500 is it works on an 18 volt supply so you site your dish plug the SF500 into it adjust to maximum signal and quality and you are guaranteed a picture!

Note it produces results for BOTH quality AND strength!

You need both for a picture

The SF500 has been covered at length previously on two threads.

I think this is one

http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/114684-sat-finder/

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Thanks for your input chaps.

Stay safe - Griff.  :ph34r:

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http://www. pulsat. com/products/Manhattan-DSM%252d4S-Intelligent-Satellite-Meter. html

 

 

This does exactly what you want, but at a price!

 

I bought one a few years ago at a price a lot lower than it is today. I still have it and it still works, but I now use IPTV and Intelsat 907 in Spain so no longer use it!

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I got a cheap satlink a couple of years ago. Works a treat, and was able to help a guy out in France this summer, who couldn't get a signal. All sorted and too less than 2minutes.

Also, if ever wanting to sell it, you get virtually your money back off fleabay

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two problems with the Pulsat satlink -and many more like it!

 

1 it costs almost £200!!

2 it needs an 18 volt feed from your sat box-this is claimed to be a desireable feature-the SF500 can use battery power or the box feed-a big plus.

 

I see the SF500 is on ebay for £37

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I got a cheap satlink a couple of years ago. Works a treat, and was able to help a guy out in France this summer, who couldn't get a signal. All sorted and too less than 2minutes.

Also, if ever wanting to sell it, you get virtually your money back off fleabay

Snap satlink ws6933 for me, set it up in 2 minutes in France this year.

I use a phone app to get the general direction and then connect this for the final alignment.

Pricey I know compared to others but I could never get on with the other type and spent hours cursing.

This has a host of other satellites pre loaded so you can just choose which one.

It buzzes and gives strength and quality when it locks on. I didn't see the need to have one that has a picture.

Imo fantastic bit of kit and works out the box.

 

Currently £53 on Amazon which is where I got mine and it has an internal rechargeable battery so is self powered.

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Here it is for £45 on ebay(ws6933) so for an extra £10 on the SF500 you get internal battery included-or-power from sat box.

BUT you still need to programme it for the Sky/freesat 28. 2 satellite(s).

WS6933 satellite finder

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I originally got the satlink ws-6906.

Gone up a little bit now, but find it really useful to show the tv picture as it's saved me many an hour faffing about on the wrong satellite in the past!

 

FIELD MEASURER DVB-S SATELLITE FINDER https://www. amazon. co. uk/dp/B009H8TUCK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_0iqVzb5TVX2SE

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Wondered about these http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Digital-Finder-Satlink-SF-500-Digital-Satellite-Finder-Signal-Meter-Sat-Dish-Fin-/282507811761?hash=item41c6c71bb1:g:-lUAAOSwYvFZMroz

Think they will only register with the satellite selected from within the menu. . . ..not sure. :unsure:

There was a thread a couple of years ago on these .

 

 

I use a Sat link 9608 for a few years now . As said I can set up the dish before setting up the receiver and TV and know it is working before going In the caravan using the TV in the meter .

 

 

Dave

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:ph34r: Still reckon the receivers' built in meter does all you need for free. .. although these ones, with -S2 capability, under £50 are tempting for the geek in me. :beardy:

 

The major benefit of one that can be used (and read in sunlight!!) adjacent to the dish is no need to look at the TV in caravan. .. but I need the exercise of the walking to and fro :P so I must resist.

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:ph34r: Still reckon the receivers' built in meter does all you need for free. . . although these ones, with -S2 capability, under £50 are tempting for the geek in me. :beardy:

 

The major benefit of one that can be used (and read in sunlight!!) adjacent to the dish is no need to look at the TV in caravan. . . but I need the exercise of the walking to and fro :P so I must resist.

If I did that the missus would be pecking away at me to get it sorted. Means I know I can have it up and running before she knows. ..
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:ph34r: Still reckon the receivers' built in meter does all you need for free. . . although these ones, with -S2 capability, under £50 are tempting for the geek in me. :beardy:

 

The major benefit of one that can be used (and read in sunlight!!) adjacent to the dish is no need to look at the TV in caravan. . . but I need the exercise of the walking to and fro :P so I must resist.

But the meter is on the TV screen in the caravan!

In my experience the dish is seldom visible at the dish

 

or

 

the sun shines on the caravan window or tv screen or both!

 

or

The Wife and I are reduced to apoplexy shouting at each other.

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Here it is for £45 on ebay(ws6933) so for an extra £10 on the SF500 you get internal battery included-or-power from sat box.

BUT you still need to programme it for the Sky/freesat 28. 2 satellite(s).

WS6933 satellite finder

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Mine was ready programmed.

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I really want a tripod with two adjustable legs - ensuring the pole is dead vertical guarantees the correct dish elevation and LNB skew - a simple compass allows the magnetic bearing to be set easily - the receiver then just confirms I've got 100/100 for strength/quality on both channels.

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An Inclinometer temporarily mounted on the dish will provide the accurate elevation setting irrespective of the tripod.

 

The Azimuth must be set accurately with no more than 1˚ of error. A cheap “boy scout” compass cannot do that!

 

Before I gave up active caravanning I simply obtained the relative co-ordinates for the desired satellite from Dishpointer. com.

 

I then set the dish elevation using an Inclinometer temporarily mounted on the dish, followed by the azimuth setting using a marine compass mounted on the dish with the aid of a homemade inverted “T” section bracket.

 

A winner every time and all achieved in minutes without even having to switch on the TV.

 

Vin Blanc

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I took VB's advice and use a cheap inclinometer to get verticality. Quick and simple.

 

I then took his idea of a powered device with a screamometer to get the Sky satellite before swiching on the TV. So quick and in 8 years I have only ever found the Sky satellite and never found any other.

I do agree that at the beginning it was a bit of a nightmare but advice from CT members along with the satelliteforcaravans website helped so much. Unfortunately that site is no longer live.

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So quick and in 8 years I have only ever found the Sky satellite and never found any other.

 

Yes WispMan, by pointing the dish roughly SouthWest then panning towards South, the Astra 2 cluster (Sky and Freesat) would be the first satellites that you encounter. Whether you then receive Sky or Freesat depends on which receiver you have installed.

 

Out of interest, if you are using a Freesat receiver and select “other” in the menu, it is possible to continue panning South until you find the Astra 1 cluster at 19. 2˚, these are mostly German channels but very handy if you’re a footie fan!

 

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