Sunday 26th June 2011.
Well today we have gone mad and ordered a glomax satelite dome for the van. Over the Years and different vans Ive spent a few bob on 12 volt TVs fom 9 inch to 19 inch and all sorts of aerials, some good most rubbish. They all get relegated to the shed and then to the skip. Recently while on a rally in Dorset. the analogue signal was bad. So out came the suitcase satellite job. Un pack all the bits. Fit the brackets onto my tripod secure this with tent pegs and a bungy, right that wont move, connect the dish and cable connect the sat finder, plug it into the outside connector. Back in the van install my temp shelf above the TV, connect the satellite box, connect the aerial and the scart. Switch TV and the sat box on tune TV to scart. Now the fun starts find compas. lay out my satellite map under the tripod. drop in the compass see where south is roughly line the dish to astra 28. check sat finder. Great its screaming like a banshee ,must be a good signal. step in the van. Screen shows no signal. Step outside , sat finder says 10 and screaming. move the dish east a little back in the van. No signal back out move a bit more . All this time Mavis is looking at me in utter disgust. Wont be long luv soon be there. I am in the van out the van this performance was repeated for over an hour. When by then I was huffing and cursing checking all the connections over and over, Mavis said Why donít you just chuck all that rubbish in the skip forget TV. So I disconnected all the bits ,cables clamps sat finder tripod dish sat box and literally threw it all in a black sack and tossed it under the van for the remainder of the 5 days rally.
When we got home Mavis s was surfing as usual and said have you seen this dome thing at Snellyvision thatís what you need. Blimey I said look at the price. It was the glowmax manual dome system. So I looked it up checked the user manual on a pdf when I got to the bit about easy to set up using the sat finder, and table of elevation etc. I thought Oh No more agro no way not for that sort of money.
Then I noticed there was a fully automatic one. it said simply switch it on and in under 2 minís it finds the signal and you are watching TV. Now I thought thatís cooking with gas. A quick chat with Shane and my mind was made up. But Shane was going on holiday and I had left it to late to order one
( so I thought). But late tonight Sunday Shane phoned me up to confirm I wanted to place the order. Yes please I said. with details exchanged all done in a couple of minutes. Right it will be dispatched tomorrow for you. So now its sit and wait for the box. But the days of walking round the van waving a dustbin lid trying to get a signal are hopefully over. It says simple installation so we will watch this space.