Author Topic: Do I need a satellite meter to set up a bell satellite dish for Camping?  (Read 3651 times)

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Offline Sabrina

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I want to bring my Bell Receiver with me for camping!  I have extra dish , tri pod and Cable. ....thinking of buying a satellite meter ... Do I need a satellite meter  for  just occasional use?   Any suggestion  ? do not want to spend too much ....

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Although you are able to use the signal meter accessible off the "Point Dish" screen, this would usually involve bringing both your receiver and TV outside along with a power extension cord while aiming which could be inconvenient to do every time you move to a different location or need to realign the dish after it gets bumped.

Having an analog satellite meter would allow you to aim your Bell dish without having to bring your receiver and TV outdoors.

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Offline AddictedToTV

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I've used a TV near an open window or a pair of wireless home phones on intercom to listen to the receiver tuning signal. Another person can help to peak the signal. A good signal meter will be more convenient for multiple dish setups.

A level (for the mounting pole) and decent compass are a worthwhile investment as well.

Offline Sabrina

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Thanks for the suggestions , I will try to setup  without meter this weekend ...

Offline joshua minaya

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Thanks for the suggestions , I will try to setup  without meter this weekend ...


Have you had any positive outcome please let us know.

Offline Johnderman

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Well I think it's a good investment. Of course, try it first without it, before you actually realize you will need it, and then you'll know for sure. How far away are you going for camping?