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    Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    What do you use to set up your satellite? I took my old dish and the pole from my old place when I left and I was thinking of going low tech and setting it in a 5 gallon bucket with cement. I have adjusted my dish before so I am not worried about getting it dialed in, but I am worried about stability in the grass lot and the overall weight. Anyone have any suggestions?

    I plan on building new bumpers for my bus next that I will weld a permanent holders to so I don't really want to buy one of the portable tripods this year if I can help it.

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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Wow! Been lurking a while?

    My group uses small portable dish that is set on the ground. As long as it doesn't get touched we don't have a problem. It sounds like yours will be pretty sturdy with the bucket of cement. If you want even more support you could probably put some stakes in the ground around the bucket and connect the stakes to your bucket for even more support.



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by steveocy View Post
    What do you use to set up your satellite? I took my old dish and the pole from my old place when I left and I was thinking of going low tech and setting it in a 5 gallon bucket with cement. I have adjusted my dish before so I am not worried about getting it dialed in, but I am worried about stability in the grass lot and the overall weight. Anyone have any suggestions?

    I plan on building new bumpers for my bus next that I will weld a permanent holders to so I don't really want to buy one of the portable tripods this year if I can help it.

    Thanks --Steveo
    Let me be the first engineer to recommend that you use concrete for this project instead of just cement.

    My invoice for professional services will be in the mail...



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    We created a mount on the top of our RV. Keeps people from running into it which does happen. Last time it mangled our dish so up to the roof it goes!



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndCyCE View Post
    Let me be the first engineer to recommend that you use concrete for this project instead of just cement.

    My invoice for professional services will be in the mail...
    I was going to mention this if someone else didn't. I see I was several hours too late though.



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Directv sells portable dish stands for camping/tailgating

    Satelite City has them for around 50 bucks.



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndCyCE View Post
    Let me be the first engineer to recommend that you use concrete for this project instead of just cement.

    My invoice for professional services will be in the mail...
    Maybe we should explain that cement is that powdery gray stuff that you buy in a bag. You mix the cement with water and throw in some gravel and that mixture is called concrete. (That's just the simplified version.)


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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    A word of advice if you tailgate in the student lots. Try to get a spot by the road. If you park by the trees, it is very hard to get a signal; at least with Direct



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    If it is dish network get a tailgater.



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    I went the easier, but a little more expensive route and got a Winegard Minimax. It autotunes, so I do nothing but set it up. I would recommend if you want simple and fast.


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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    Directv sells portable dish stands for camping/tailgating

    Satelite City has them for around 50 bucks.

    Thank you for this suggestion. I stopped in the store in Ankeny and the guys there really hooked me up. I got the tripod, used LNB for my slimline dish, a new control box (whole home DVR control box so I can take my slim reciever), 50 feet of cable, a new pole, and a magnetic mini level all for $100. I have nothing but great things to say about their knowledge and service!



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by steveocy View Post
    Thank you for this suggestion. I stopped in the store in Ankeny and the guys there really hooked me up. I got the tripod, used LNB for my slimline dish, a new control box (whole home DVR control box so I can take my slim reciever), 50 feet of cable, a new pole, and a magnetic mini level all for $100. I have nothing but great things to say about their knowledge and service!
    That is exactly what I did yesterday, I was very impressed with them.



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    We are thinking of adding a dish to our tailgate setup. Has anyone aligned a 3 LBN dish for the HD receiver? The guy in our group in charge of getting this put together went to Satellite City and the sales rep was saying aligning the 3 LBN dish was incredibly difficult to do yourself. I was thinking it wouldn't be any harder than aligning the regular dish with SD signal. Anyone have experience with this?



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by isu_oak View Post
    We are thinking of adding a dish to our tailgate setup. Has anyone aligned a 3 LBN dish for the HD receiver? The guy in our group in charge of getting this put together went to Satellite City and the sales rep was saying aligning the 3 LBN dish was incredibly difficult to do yourself. I was thinking it wouldn't be any harder than aligning the regular dish with SD signal. Anyone have experience with this?
    This doesn't directly answer your question, but another thread on here suggests to use a Winegard Carryout.

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/off-topic/174269-looking-step-up-our-tailgate-year-whats-best-way-watch-tv-outside.html



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    Re: Satellite TV in the tailgating lots

    Quote Originally Posted by aauummm View Post
    Maybe we should explain that cement is that powdery gray stuff that you buy in a bag. You mix the cement with water and throw in some gravel and that mixture is called concrete. (That's just the simplified version.)
    I totally get it... and usually correct people. because we don't call cake, flour.

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