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Old May 24th 08, 03:14 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Hirem Firem
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Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I think it
is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance


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Old May 24th 08, 06:32 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Woody[_3_]
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"Hirem Firem" wrote in message
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Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I
think it is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance



Questions: do you want to use it in Europe? If for the UK do you want to
use it in Scotland. Do you want to watch five/five US/fiver?

If the answer to any of these is yes then don't buy it.

The dish is not big enough to use very far south of the English Channel.

The dish is not big enough to use in Scotland or the very north of
England.

The receiver does not decode encrypted signals, currently five, five US,
fiver, Sky 3, and Film 4. For these you will need a Sky box and a
'FreeSat from Sky' card.

If you go across the channel go to one of the DIY sheds - Mr Brico at
Boulogne is a good one - and you can buy yourself a 60cm or 80cm dish
that will work pretty well the whole of Europe complete with LNB (the
bit that sticks out the front) for less than 30. A digital receiver
that will get any European sat (not just Sky) will cost you about 60. A
worklight tripod stand on whcih to mount the dish will come in at about
12. Total about 100 or around 80. You are no worse off in terms of UK
stations you can watch, but have bought a kit that will work almost
anywhere in Europe.

Look on eBay or Gumtree for a used but working Sky box at about 30, and
get a 'Freesat from Sky' card (once off 20) and you can watch anything
FTA that you like. If you are feeling expansive get one of the 75 Sky
offers from Currys and you get a new box with guarantee and a dish -
you'll just have to tip the installer and tell him you don't want it put
up. (On the other hand you can have it put up and take the box with
you - you don't have to keep it connected to a phone line for FreeSat.)


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Old May 24th 08, 07:34 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.rec.gps
Richard Cole
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On Sat, 24 May 2008 16:14:30 +0100, "Hirem Firem"
wrote:

Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I think it
is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance

It's probably worth posting to uk.rec.gps (where this message is cross
posted to).

Richard
See http://www.caravanningnow.co.uk where my caravan's for sale.
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Old May 24th 08, 08:14 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.rec.gps
Woody[_3_]
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"Richard Cole" wrote in message
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On Sat, 24 May 2008 16:14:30 +0100, "Hirem Firem"

wrote:

Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I
think it
is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance

It's probably worth posting to uk.rec.gps (where this message is cross
posted to).



GPS? What has that got to do with sat TV?

uk.tech.tv.sky more like.



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Old May 25th 08, 08:43 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Hirem Firem
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Cheers Woody, use in U.K. only, so 75 from currys is looking good
Thank you
"Woody" wrote in message
...
"Hirem Firem" wrote in message
...
Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I think
it is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance



Questions: do you want to use it in Europe? If for the UK do you want to
use it in Scotland. Do you want to watch five/five US/fiver?

If the answer to any of these is yes then don't buy it.

The dish is not big enough to use very far south of the English Channel.

The dish is not big enough to use in Scotland or the very north of
England.

The receiver does not decode encrypted signals, currently five, five US,
fiver, Sky 3, and Film 4. For these you will need a Sky box and a 'FreeSat
from Sky' card.

If you go across the channel go to one of the DIY sheds - Mr Brico at
Boulogne is a good one - and you can buy yourself a 60cm or 80cm dish that
will work pretty well the whole of Europe complete with LNB (the bit that
sticks out the front) for less than ?30. A digital receiver that will get
any European sat (not just Sky) will cost you about ?60. A worklight
tripod stand on whcih to mount the dish will come in at about ?12. Total
about ?100 or around 80. You are no worse off in terms of UK stations you
can watch, but have bought a kit that will work almost anywhere in Europe.

Look on eBay or Gumtree for a used but working Sky box at about 30, and
get a 'Freesat from Sky' card (once off 20) and you can watch anything
FTA that you like. If you are feeling expansive get one of the 75 Sky
offers from Currys and you get a new box with guarantee and a dish -
you'll just have to tip the installer and tell him you don't want it put
up. (On the other hand you can have it put up and take the box with you -
you don't have to keep it connected to a phone line for FreeSat.)


--
Woody

harrogate three at ntlworld dot com



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Old May 25th 08, 10:39 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Richard Cole
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On Sat, 24 May 2008 21:14:46 +0100, "Woody"
wrote:

"Richard Cole" wrote in message
.. .
On Sat, 24 May 2008 16:14:30 +0100, "Hirem Firem"

wrote:

Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I
think it
is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance

It's probably worth posting to uk.rec.gps (where this message is cross
posted to).



GPS? What has that got to do with sat TV?

uk.tech.tv.sky more like.

Where in the original post does it mention TV?
Maplins sell portable GPS systems too.

Richard
See http://www.caravanningnow.co.uk where my caravan's for sale.
--
I am the Dis-organizer Mk II, with many handy hard-to-use features,
Insert Name Here! - Jingo by Terry Pratchett
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Old May 25th 08, 05:44 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Woody[_3_]
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"Richard Cole" wrote in message
...
On Sat, 24 May 2008 21:14:46 +0100, "Woody"

wrote:

"Richard Cole" wrote in message
. ..
On Sat, 24 May 2008 16:14:30 +0100, "Hirem Firem"

wrote:

Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I
think it
is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance

It's probably worth posting to uk.rec.gps (where this message is
cross
posted to).



GPS? What has that got to do with sat TV?

uk.tech.tv.sky more like.

Where in the original post does it mention TV?
Maplins sell portable GPS systems too.



Because Comac is the manufacturer of the sat-in-a-box kit that Maplin
sell. Sometimes a little knowledge does you good.....


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Woody

harrogate three at ntlworld dot com


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Old May 25th 08, 05:46 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Woody[_3_]
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"Hirem Firem" wrote in message
...
Cheers Woody, use in U.K. only, so 75 from currys is looking good
Thank you
"Woody" wrote in message
...
"Hirem Firem" wrote in message
...
Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I
think it is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance



Questions: do you want to use it in Europe? If for the UK do you want
to use it in Scotland. Do you want to watch five/five US/fiver?

If the answer to any of these is yes then don't buy it.

The dish is not big enough to use very far south of the English
Channel.

The dish is not big enough to use in Scotland or the very north of
England.

The receiver does not decode encrypted signals, currently five, five
US, fiver, Sky 3, and Film 4. For these you will need a Sky box and a
'FreeSat from Sky' card.

If you go across the channel go to one of the DIY sheds - Mr Brico at
Boulogne is a good one - and you can buy yourself a 60cm or 80cm dish
that will work pretty well the whole of Europe complete with LNB (the
bit that sticks out the front) for less than ?30. A digital receiver
that will get any European sat (not just Sky) will cost you about
?60. A worklight tripod stand on whcih to mount the dish will come in
at about ?12. Total about ?100 or around 80. You are no worse off in
terms of UK stations you can watch, but have bought a kit that will
work almost anywhere in Europe.

Look on eBay or Gumtree for a used but working Sky box at about 30,
and get a 'Freesat from Sky' card (once off 20) and you can watch
anything FTA that you like. If you are feeling expansive get one of
the 75 Sky offers from Currys and you get a new box with guarantee
and a dish - you'll just have to tip the installer and tell him you
don't want it put up. (On the other hand you can have it put up and
take the box with you - you don't have to keep it connected to a
phone line for FreeSat.)


--
Woody

harrogate three at ntlworld dot com






Beware, you may still suffer the same problem. Unless you live in
Scotland Sky will supply the standard 45cm dish that may be a bit thin
north of the border if you go travelling that way. If you live in
Scotland they usually fit the bigger dish which will work anywhere.

You will still need something fairly substantial to mount it on that you
can peg to the ground, as as the Sky box does not help you finding the
sat, a satfinder from Lidl/Aldi is still a must have.


--
Woody

harrogate three at ntlworld dot com


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Old May 30th 08, 07:27 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
tony h
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Woody wrote:
snip
You will still need something fairly substantial to mount it on that
you can peg to the ground,


I use a rotary clothes airer, upside down with a tent peg on each corner
just in case! asda about 10


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Old June 1st 08, 04:21 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
John
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"Hirem Firem" wrote in message
...
Just been looking at the portable sat system from Maplin, Comac I think it
is by, anyone got any oppinions on it.
Thanks in advance


Got one and used it all over the UK. You might struggle in the top of
Scotland. But I managed to watch it on the Black Isle.

John.


 


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