VuQube, for dockside satellite TV

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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8 Responses

  1. Eliboat says:

    Kind of a deal breaker since it can only be used when the boat is totally static.

  2. DefJef says:

    FollowMeTv which has a new name is an inexpensive alternative that requires YOU supply the standard dish antenna and it will TRACK the satellites on a moving vessel, certainly at anchor.
    You have to supply some basic data as you move south (I believe), but the claim is you can have sat TV with this device which has many different install approaches.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, DefJef. “Follow Me TV” is now for some reason “Track It TV” (www.track-it-tv.com). It does do automatic horizontal tracking, for use in a flat anchorage, but some folks don’t like having the gear hose clamped to their railing.

  4. Jaye says:

    For TV at the dock, why not use a regular dish? We have one attached to a rail with the brackets you use to mount a barbecue. I can’t speak to Direct TV, but Dish network receivers have a built in function for aiming the dish based on zip code, with audio and video feedback. I’m not seeing what this adds that our setup doesn’t provide.

  5. chrism says:

    Yikes! It’s retailing for $1600! Would you recommend this over a “Track-It-TV” unit?

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    There are now several VuCube models. The one described here — manually aimed and only usable on a dock — seems to cost around $650 now. New models can automatically acquire and switch satellites, and compensate for some degree of motion. Portability is one of the main features; use it on a boat cruise and then on a camping trip.
    Track-it-TV does automatic horizontal tracking only, which could work well when swinging to an anchor, and thus is not directly comparable to any VuCube model. I haven’t tried either.

  7. norse says:

    What is the beam width of these antennas? In other words, how accurate does the tracking need to be? If it listened to an Airmar PB200 on the N2K bus and used that info to keep the antenna aimed as the boat moved, would that be a cheaper way to do tracking?

  8. catamaran guy says:

    $650?? yikes!!! STILL a lot of money.
    Right now I’m looking at my back cockpit that has my $75 bell expressvue dish mounted on a slab of plywood doing EXACTLY THE SAME THING FOR $575 LESS.
    Norse,I’ve been thinking the same thing,maybe using the autopilot to control the dish while at anchor. Using a simple swivel(lazy susan) and a small 12v motor.switch for autopilot or tv dish

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