Sorry if I'm being dense here, but does this mean that there are some channels (presumably other than BBC and ITV) which may be received with a Freeview digibox? The bottom line here is that I have just bought a new set top box which is now surplus to requirements (long story) and I could return it, or, I could bring it to Corfu this week and see if it works??!!!
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 19 May 2009 at 9:25am - IP Logged
I purchased a complete system a few months ago for use with my caravan in the uk from a company named Satgear via the internet. I past on the info to a relative who lives in Italy she now has one and finds it works great for her.
SK13 - Satgear Portable 65cm Satellite kit with receiver and tripod
65cm Satellite Dish Kit with Comag SL30/12 satellite receiver and strong black aluminium 1.2m tripod for camping/caravan trips.
This is a top quality complete satellite dish, 12v/240v Free to Air satellite receiver and tripod kit to receive satellite channels on your TV. Ideal for caravanning and camping trips.
This kit will work throughout the UK and most of Europe to get UK TV from the Astra 2 satellites (for UK Free to Air channels) and foreign language channels from many other satellites.
The dish is a very high quality Hirschmann dish with a new type of elevation slide mounting for very easy setup and satellite alignment. It also has a folding arm for easy stowage and transportation.
The kit includes:
•Hirschmann/Triax 65cm steel satellite dish with easy-align bracket
•Comag SL30/12 satellite receiver with 12v or 240v power options and remote control handset
•Single 0.3dB LNB, High Definition ready
•Satfinder meter with 1.5m connecting cable
•10m high quality white satellite coax cable with sealed connectors
•Strong black 1.2m aluminium tripod with pegs for ground fixing if required
•Satgear Classic compass
•Full Satgear satellite alignment instructions
The dish is already built which is one of the reasons why it's so portable. There are 7 main reasons which give the kit it's portable characteristics:
1.The arm simply folds up and down into position. It comes like this in the box.
2.The LNB just clips into place.
3.The angle is adjusted on a smooth sliding mechanism, again, already built on the back of the dish. This is unique!
4.It mounts onto a very sturdy folding tripod.
5.Comes ready with 10 meters of satellite cable.
7.Extends to 1.2 meters for extra height when required.
The tripod is collapsible and very solid when erected -in fact it's virtually immovable. It comes fully built ready to go.
The receiver is the excellent Comag SL30/12. This can be powered from a 12v car or caravan lighter-type socket, or from 240v mains power. It will allow you to receive many hundreds of Free to Air digital satellite channels.
You won't find a better kit than this to get you setup quickly and easily on your caravanning weekends away. Of course, you'll need to take along your TV!
We have written and supplied a complete set of instructions for dish alignment and getting a great signal. Note, this kit is also ideal for reception in most parts of Europe.
£139.95 inc Vat
Message posted by vrachleri on 20 May 2009 at 1:59am - IP Logged
Thanks. I have had Freeview here in UK for a few years now (just happen to have a spare box - we had a power cut, my husband thought the box was defunct and bought another one - it wasn't!). I thought that was the case but not knowing what transmitters Corfu has/how they differ (if they do) from the UK/how they work! it made me wonder. It was worth the question!
Aldi in the uk are selling a kit the same as the one described by davyboy but with a smaller dish on thursday 21st, this also has the usual Aldi three year guarantee. the comag recievers can be re programmed to recieve other channels . Aldi are doing this kit for
sixtfour pounds ninty nine pence.
You can now get a Freesat receiver in the UK as a stand alone box, you can use a Sky Dish, but it won't get Sky channels
I have a TV with a Freesat tuner built in (some of the HD Broadcasts are superb quality) but it's not to be confused with Freeview which, as others have said is a digital TV service via a rooftop aerial
I have no idea about dish sizes for Corfu, but maybe someone should give a Freesat box a try out in Corfu
Sadly those caravan dish sizes quoted just will not be good enough to get the UK domestic channels via the Astra 2 satellite in Corfu. Depending on where you are on the island you will need AT LEAST a 2.2metre dish to give you a good chance of BBC and ITV. BUT the small dish will give you channels over other satellites and some English speaking news channels.
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