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Post by modelman on Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:22 am

I'm 99% committed to getting a Selfsat snipe 3 unit, then I wondered if any here has or know about them, I've looked into the pros & cons but would like others opinions if possible.

I had A Roadpro on previous van, worked great, but had to replace the dome which was smashed in a hailstorm, the snipe is more robust & smaller.

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Post by Peter Brown on Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:33 am

I've had that antenna fitted to a manually operated base for several years. Its technical performance is excellent and the profile makes it much less vulnerable to wind. If it ever needs to be replaced it will be with a Snipe auto unit.
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Post by modelman on Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:56 pm

Thanks for that, trouble is, the few negatives I've read about refer to the motors burning out!
The Snipe 3 is fully automatic.
Its the gearbox reliability I was wondering about. ( Not many motors on a manual dish ) !!

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Post by Gromit on Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:07 pm

If it's of interest (probably not, judging from your first post?  smile! ) we had a Maxview Crankup for a few years and were very happy with it. After a bit of practice I could get a signal lock well before neighbouring auto dishes had stopped pirouetting . . . which they sometimes failed to do having been unable to get a lock!!

Half the price, and no gears to worry about which is good. Not as resistant to high winds however.

We now have the perfect solution to the problem. We very rarely bother to watch telly in the van.  Whistle1 content
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Post by modelman on Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:34 pm

I'm open to suggestions at the moment, can you give any info on the crankup?
Is that the one fitted in an upper cupboard?  Anything not so good with them?

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Post by modelman on Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:56 pm

Well, i've just done some 'googling' & must admit that I rather like the crankup idea, no electrics  to worry about, no motors to burn out, & I just happen to have a very posh sat-finder anyway, which I use  to set up my 1m motorized dish at home! ( I'm a gadget-freak as well ) !!

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Post by Gromit on Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:57 pm

I can't do better than this . . .

https://www.maxview.co.uk/crank-up-manual-roof-mounted-satellite-system

The only real "not so good" was having to lower it in strong winds, but I would have done the same with a Snipe etc.

Otherwise you just learn to count how many rotations of the handle give approximate vertical alignment, then rotate against the built in gauge for direction using a compass, then watch the TV screen "finder" and very little adjustment is needed to get a strong signal and a fix.

They have improved since we had ours, so it's even easier.

On several occasions we had a good strong signal while the nearby auto jobs were nodding and rotating for half an hour, before finally being lowered with no signal found.

Hope this is useful.
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Post by modelman on Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:07 pm

Yeh, thanks very much for that & yes, I just looked at that info as well!!

BTW, my new TV has a built-in sat tuner, so a separate box will not be required either!!  

I foresee a crankup coming.!!

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Post by modelman on Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:35 am

Update,  just collected a nice new Maxview crankup dish assy, looks good so far, probably have to wait some time for a break in the weather to clime up top & have a 'drilling-holes' session!!

Thank you Gromit.

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Post by Gromit on Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:52 am

Very glad I could help.  smile!

I've had a look at the latest specifications, and they have indeed been quite considerably improved since we had ours. I was quite happy with the operation then, and it will obviously be that much easier with the new model.

Good luck with the installation, and please let us know your verdict when you've had time to get used to using it. I'm sure others may want to consider one.
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