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Old 01-21-2018, 08:48 PM   #1
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Which Portable Dish?

2010 Suncruiser, built-in Kingdome is one of the original antennas and current receivers are not compatible. So, we have two Dish Wally receivers for two of the TVs and are now looking for recommendations for the best Dish compatible portable antennas. I see the Tailgater, Playmaker, and others on Amazon and Ebay. We are not tech savvy in this area and just want access to clear TV with easy hookups. We do not watch the same channels - his and hers is a necessity. Any recommendations appreciated.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:02 AM   #2
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I had enough of Direct TV (long story)....switched over to the pay-as-you go and got the Tailgater VQ4500 with 2 wallys.
The Tailgater support 2 separate receivers and the dome can be permanently mounted on the roof if so desired. The other reason I decided to go with the portable I don't have to look for that wide open site with little or no shade. I can now move the portable to a spot that will find a signal and have some cover.
For changing over from direct, I saved some money and I get HD which I was not getting from direct tv. Very easy to set up and the programming is about the same.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:56 PM   #3
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we had a tailgator and was easy to use but when we purchased our Journey it already had the dome on the roof so we sold it. Liked the portable unit a lot, only issue was in Texas when there was heavy dew I had to wipe off the unit to get a signal while I had my morning coffee. The tailgator only works on Dish Network but does get HD. Our unit only operated one TV but it was a few years older, newer models may be different.
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Here’s the thing with small dome automatic SAT dishes that support two receivers, the Dish is so small that as you move between channels the Dish also moves between the 2 (3) SATs. So, if you’re watching a channel on SAT 110 and move up a channel or two the Dish inside the dome will physically move to pick up the SAT at 119. This is no big deal if you’re using one receiver, but when using two receivers you can watch different channels as long as they are on the same SAT. As soon as one receiver requests a channel on a different SAT location than the other receiver you’ve got a problem. The Dish can’t cover two locations at the same time.

This is why big SAT dishes have multiple LNBs, so they can cover multiple SAT locations at one time without repositioning. It’s also why those big dishes are oval and not round.
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The latest technology for two Dish receivers is the Dish Playmaker Duo. It is a new design that acquires and changes between sats faster than any other portable receiver on the market.

The only CON for the Playmaker is that it can only receive the "Western Arc" (WA) Dish Sat Positions - 110, 119, and 129. Certain market areas only have local channels on the "Eastern Arc" (EA) Sat Positions - 77, 72.7, and 61.5.

Here is a map showing which local TV markets use WA vs. EA. Good news is that there are now only a few local markets that only use EA.

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The latest technology for two Dish receivers is the Dish Playmaker Duo. It is a new design that acquires and changes between sats faster than any other portable receiver on the market.

The only CON for the Playmaker is that it can only receive the "Western Arc" (WA) Dish Sat Positions - 110, 119, and 129. Certain market areas only have local channels on the "Eastern Arc" (EA) Sat Positions - 77, 72.7, and 61.5.

Here is a map showing which local TV markets use WA vs. EA. Good news is that there are now only a few local markets that only use EA.

This is true. However, if you travel in the Northeast, you might not be able to pickup SAT 129 because it would be very low on the horizon. This might limit your channel selection.

For flexibility in a portable dish, I personally prefer the Winegard Pathway X2. It is capable of receiving the Western and Eastern Arcs. Sometimes being able to switch arcs allows me to obtain signal through tree cover.

The Pathway X2 also has two receiver capability. However, if you configure it for dual receivers, it locks on and stays on one satellite. This limits the usable channels. You can configure it for a single receiver and still connect two. However, the main receiver controls which satellite the dish is pointing to.
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