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Portable Dish for Tailgating

Metropolis777
06-16-2006, 10:15 AM
Does anyone on here have any experience with setting up a dish at a tailgate? Trying to get an idea what I need to get for this season.

Which tripod would be the best for setup?
How hard is it to gain a signal?


I'm looking to get a package that includes all of the ESPNs, CSTVs, FSNs, plus gameplan.

Any suggestions would be very welcome.

rockaway1836
06-16-2006, 11:46 AM
You need a dish, 2 pieces of 3/4 in plywood, a 2x4, compass and a level. Build an A frame out of the lumber. Mount the mast plumb. Level the mast when you get to where you wish to put it. Using the compass point the dish. I built my first one 10 years ago and take it with me on vaction sometimes. Oh! You will also need the Zipcode of where your going to be so that you will know where to point.

Beck38
06-16-2006, 01:15 PM
You don't say exactly what signals/programming exactly you are trying to get. Since this forum is about HD, can one assume you mean HD too or...? Makes a difference as to 'which' dish you would need to 'make portable'.

If all the programming you are wanting to get is all at the 101deg location, it's easy. That's the first thing I did in 1994, I still have the dish and cable for that setup. I got so good I could /drop/ the dish on the ground and get a signal simply by looking slightly at my compass, doing a slight aim with my thumb, rarely having to hook up the signal tracker/strength box in the coax run.

Doing 'current' HD would require a minimum of the triple LNB dish, with the newer Ka/Ku if you wanted to get Mpeg4 HD locals, or later on, the national Mpeg4 HD feeds. I haven't heard of anyone giving that a try yet, too new. The aiming of the that dish is quite a bit more than the older ones, but from watching (like a hawk!) my installer do mine, it's something that would get eaiser with practise. Of course, until the 'new' dish comes out, the current Ka/Ku is about twice the size/weight of an original single lnb 18" dish.

But, have at it.

rockaway1836
06-16-2006, 01:54 PM
Bringing an HD set to a tailgate party. Now, that's one Helluva tailgate party! I have done a phase 3 also. The AT-9 is no big deal. Just heavier. In that case I would add extra weight on the back side of the A frame. BTW I use 2ft square on the ply and 2ft of 2x4. The advantage I found using an A frame is you can also put it over a roof ridge as well as a flat or semi flat surface.

maicaw
06-16-2006, 03:15 PM
Does anyone on here have any experience with setting up a dish at a tailgate? Trying to get an idea what I need to get for this season.

Which tripod would be the best for setup?
How hard is it to gain a signal?


I'm looking to get a package that includes all of the ESPNs, CSTVs, FSNs, plus gameplan.

Any suggestions would be very welcome.Check this thread - coincidentally -somebody there asked the same question only one minute earlier - High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource > High Definition Programming Providers > DISH Network Forum
Portable Dish for Tailgating (http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=24660)