This kit contains all the essential items required to receive free-to-air TV whilst on the road. We call it our LITE kit because we have only included the bare essentials when putting this kit together. If you are considering buying a portable satellite kit you should also consider our Optima-T2 DELUXE Kit.
Why Satellite TV?
The benefit of a satellite system is that you can have access to free-to-air TV no matter where you are in Australia (no matter how remote). And if you’re going to buy a satellite system, then why not buy the most compact satellite system available? The Optima-T2 Portable VAST Satellite TV LITE Kit.
The Best Caravan Satellite TV Dish
There is no other caravan satellite dish available that compares with the new Optima-T2. The predecessor to the Optima-T2 was the original Optima-75T fold-in-half satellite dish. It was the most compact, versatile and robust portable satellite dish in Australia until it was superseded by the Optima-T2 in February 2016.
What Makes The Optima-T2 The Best Portable Satellite Dish?
As any caravan owner would know, space is a premium when on the road. There are some other good portable satellite TV dishes that we sell but they all take up at least twice the space as the Optima-T2. When packed into the supplied carry bags the Optima-T2 is not much bigger than the average piece of carry-on luggage that passengers take on-board an aircraft.
Secondly, the Optima-T2 is a fibreglass satellite dish and far more robust than the pressed metal dishes. If a metal dish bounces around in the back of a caravan it is likely to dint or warp which will significantly affect the performance of the dish.
Fibreglass Dish Construction
The Optima-T2 boasts a compression moulded fibreglass reflector with 3mm panels. This offers the ultimate in strength and durability and allows for the dish to fold in half and be stored away without any fear of damage.
Alignment Made Easy?
The Optima-T2 has made satellite dish alignment easy. There are no longer wingnuts that need to be tightened or brackets fitted. The dish simply slides onto the shaft of the tripod and a simple clamping “cam” mechanism is used to hold it firmly in place. To adjust the direction of the dish you simply loosen the cam and rotate the dish.
The second easy adjustment is the elevation. On the old Optima-75T and every other satellite dish on the market making fine adjustments to the elevation was difficult. On the Optima-T2 you can adjust the elevation with just 2 fingers by rotating a knob on the side of the dish.
Satking 800CA VAST Decoder
The SatKing 800CA VAST Decoder is undoubtedly the best decoder for use in a caravan and motorhome. Its small size and low power consumption as well as 12V and 240V operation coupled with features like PVR ready (recording direct to an external USB drive), easy to use on-screen menus, IR sensor port (so you can hide the decoder away in a cupboard and have the sensor outside the cupboard), HDMI output and more.
You’ll get access to the complete range of free to air Australian TV channels almost anywhere in Australia.
SATELLITE METER – SF3235 Analog Satellite Meter
You’ll need to align your satellite dish to the satellite and to do this we include a needle and tone satellite finder as standard.
This is a basic meter as sold by most other satellite companies and does require a little patience and understanding to get the dish aligned correctly. The meter is connected inline and gets its power from the connected coaxial cable coming from the van.
A sensitivity dial is adjusted on the side of the finder and the dish is rotated until a signal is found. This is indicated by a rise of the needle on the display. If the needle goes off the scale, it can be adjusted lower and the dish fine tuned for maximum signal. If no signal is being received by the decoder inside the van, then you may be on the wrong satellite. Repeat the above until the next satellite is found.
- A short cable for the dish to connect to the meter
- 10m cable from the dish to the caravan wall
- Internal 1m cable from the inside wall to the decoder.
If you’re looking for a high performance system that is both compact and simple then look no further than the Optima-T2 Portable VAST Satellite Kits.
SUMMARY OF INCLUSIONS:
- Optima-T2 Satellite Dish, tripod & carry bags.
- Single Output LNB
- Satking 800CA 12v/240v VAST Satellite Decoder
- SF3235 Analog Satellite Meter
- Cable Kit (2 x 1m, 1 x 10m)