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Old 17-05-2017, 15:28   #1
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Satellite TV systems

Some of our marina friends have satellite TV systems mounted on the roof, Dish or DirecTv. I presume these systems have a controller that seeks and locks into the satellite, wherever you are. Now, because our aft deck profile is so large, we tend to swing a lot when on the hook. Like, it's not unusual for us to swing back and forth 20 degrees if the wind is blowing. Plus, we move with tidal changes of course. So, do satellite systems compensate for that movement or do they lose the lock and the picture pixelates until the system requires a signal?
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My KVH TV5 will stay locked in storm conditions as long as the rain is not strong, heavy rain and it will not receive. However it will work great in waves that are throwing everything around in the boat, has to be gyro stabilized I think.
Now it does have a power saver mode where if it hasn't moved for awhile, it powers down, then you may lose signal for a few seconds until it relocks on the satellite, you can disable this power saver mode if you like.
Dish or direct TV is determined by the receiver so only thing you need to change service is a new receiver, they are relatively inexpensive
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My KVH TV5 will stay locked in storm conditions as long as the rain is not strong, heavy rain and it will not receive. However it will work great in waves that are throwing everything around in the boat, has to be gyro stabilized I think.
Now it does have a power saver mode where if it hasn't moved for awhile, it powers down, then you may lose signal for a few seconds until it relocks on the satellite, you can disable this power saver mode if you like.
Dish or direct TV is determined by the receiver so only thing you need to change service is a new receiver, they are relatively inexpensive
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Thanks for the info. Good to know. Something for us to consider.
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