|Item Weight||13.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||24 x 24 x 24 inches|
|Item model number||VQ2500|
|Manufacturer Part Number||VQ2500|
Kings Control VQ2500 Satellite Antenna
|Price:||$349.30 & FREE Shipping|
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Dish Tailgater Automatic Portable HDTV Satellite SystemAnywhere Satellite TVVuQube's Dish Tailgater is an automatic portable satellite antenna with fully a integrated antenna and receiver software. Automatic satellite acquisition with no separate remote control or power source is required. Just connect the Tailgater to your DISH Network ViP211k HD receiver via the supplied 50 ft. coax cable and in minutes your watching your favorite satellite TV shows in crystal clear HDTV. The custom designed user interface with on-screen graphics is an exclusive feature you will not find with other mobile antennas and makes for an effortless setup. No need to configure the receiver when you take it back and forth between your home and RV because with the Tailgater, receiver configuration is automatic - no more check switches! Just place it anywhere in your campsite with a clear view to the southern sky. It even tells you if your satellite signal is partially or completely blocked via on-screen diagnostics. Less than half the price of other automatic satellite antennas but without all the set-up hassles. For reception of DISH Network SD and HD programming, requires customer supplied DISH Network compatible receiver (ViP211k, ViP211 or 411 models).Features:Must use ViP211k or 411Fully Automatic - Just Plug It In!Single Cable ConnectionAuto Satellite SwitchingDISH Network HD CapableUltra-portableSelf-containedReceiver Remote Controls All HardwareTake Your Shows Anywhere!Hunting TripFishing TripBackyard BBQTailgatingIce FishingCampingRacesCabinRV Warranty NONE
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I did lots of research before buying this satellite receiver antenna (Tailgater) and here are my findings.
-We like to go camping and usually it is without hookups. This system with the VIP 211k (Any of the 211 or 411 series receivers will work) receiver only draws 20 watts of power and is totally quiet and incredibly easy to use. Normal dish SD and HD TV is spread over 3 satellites (110, 119 and 129) and you would never know this when watching TV. When changing channels as it only takes a 1-3 seconds for the system to silently move to one of the other satellites. Its small and very compact.
-We like the feature that you can just pay for the month(s) that you use this system. You own the equipment so this means- No contract and no fees no extra charges EVER! just call or go online to turn it on and a month later, unless you pay the next months bill your service shuts itself off. If you already had a dish subscription- then you have the option of being charged $7 bucks a month (for months used to add this receiver and antenna system.
After reading many of the other reviews, I see there is some confusion- here is some information that many of you may find useful. Concerning local network programming- With your Dish subscription you will receive your local "home of record" channels as long as you are in your general area (normally within a couple hundred miles). The satellite sends down your local channels on a narrow beam signal (usually a 150 or so miles wide) and as long as your in the beam area, you get your local channels. If you move to a different area, you will need to call dish, tell them where you are at and you will again get the local affiliated network channels for your new location.
The other choice you have- is you can get the paperwork (online at the dish web site) to certify that your receiver is installed in your RV (and will not removed for use in your house) and for an additional $5 a month you can choose to get the network channels out of Los Angeles or New York City. This should help clarify how to get all the local network channels.
Concerning receiver and firmware issues- The recommended receiver for this system is the Vip 211k (and now the 211z) which is available here on Amazon for less than $100 bucks. Pair these two together and its absolutely amazingly easy to setup and use.
1. You connect up the cable between the tailgater your receiver, connect your TV to the receiver and plug into power
(In our camping and traveling experience -we found an inexpensive 175 watt inverter works just fine (no internal fan to make noise and fail). UPDATE 2014: We now use a 300 watt super efficient SureSine inverter by Morningstar, its so efficient that we leave it on all the time to power all the chargers and electronics in our solar powered RV trailer.
2. Turn it all on, the system powers up and does some checks and
3. shows you a screen asking you for what state you are in (this makes searching for satellites much quicker). Enter the information and come back in 5 minutes,
If your Tailgater has a clear view of the southern sky where the satellite signals are found-your done and ready to watch TV.
There have been questions about firmware updates- When there is a firmware update available then you will be notified you on your TV screen. You simply click on okay and let it download and apply the upgrade. The last firmware update occurred earlier this summer. I turned on my system to demonstrate it for another camper and the firmware upgrade came up on the screen. I let up upgrade and it added the new features to the system. It was too easy (compared to my father-in-laws Direct TV system) who had to move his camper and then spent most of the day trying to get his system to work.
UPDATE 2014, Other common questions we get are- what happens when your camping in the woods? It sometimes takes a little trial and error of moving the tailgater around a few times, but usually I can find view through the trees where I can at least get the first satellite (normally sat 110) and it then will search but may not find the other two satellites- as trees are in the way. In that case just accept on the TV screen that it found some of the satellites and allow the system to continue on as you will have most of your programming. We camp in the woods a lot so depending on the campsite this works for us- or you can move to another campsite with a better southern view.
Tailgater Satellite Antenna- With the right setup, equipment, and a little knowledge- its so easy to use that caveman could do it. Its really nice to get to write a review for a product that works so incredibly well. We couldn't be happier and the cost was so much lower than anything else available.
So all you need is:
A Dish 211 or 411 series receiver,
A tailgater antenna and some RG6 coax to connect between the tailgater antenna and the receiver (we have successfully used lengths of up to 150 feet- but the recommended length is 50 feet)
A TV, and a cabling to connect it to the receiver (HDMI is the best choice)
A source of 120Volt AC power.
The 211k receiver and tailgater antenna takes about 20-22 watts when ever its plugged in (the receiver draws the same power no matter if it's on or off). Our 22 inch LCD TV draws about 26 watts when its turned on. We usually dry camp in the boonies so we run everything off of solar power and batteries. (Yes we pretty much always camp in the trees, but I use a iPhone app (Dish for my RV) to help place the tailgater antenna where it has a CLEAR view of the Southern Sky. If for some reason the receiver reports that it can't see all 3 satellites then I just move the antenna and try again. Some times is it a little tricky to find the right size hole in the trees to get clear signals for all 3 satellites- so worse case is you you just tell it to go on with the satellites it is currently receiving and for that night you are missing a few of your channels. Thats just the adventure of camping in the forest in the middle of nowhere!
Other questions that have come up:
The VIP 211k receiver has outputs for a single TV. It is possible to connect more TVs but you all have to watch the same channel.
I hope this review Helps!
Update: Summer 2014. Our tailgater failed and quit working. We just got the message- no satellites found. Dish was not much help at all but they did give me the phone number to King Controls in Bloomington Minnesota (which is who makes the tailgater). Its expensive to send it in (like $40 shipping both ways and $85 bucks to have the unit looked at). I talked to the tech and he told me there isn't much to go wrong with the units and its way cheaper to order the parts then to send it in. The only items that normally fail are the (#1 item)- the stepper motors- $38 bucks each and the system takes one for the horizontal drive and one for the vertical drive, or the control board ($110 bucks). I ordered and changed out the horizontal axis stepper motor and it all works great once again. Its just one connector to plug in and 2 bolts to change it. It was well worth the little bit of work to do it myself.
This thing is flawless. I have used it all across the south, Texas to the tip of Florida. I bought a 50ft metal security cable and a 50ft coaxial so I can move this thing wherever there is an opening.
I also recommend spending the $20 on the "Dish Pointer" app for your phone to instantly know where you need to have an opening for access.
You can spend $300 on this or you can blow $2000 on a mounted dish that can't be moved.
Go with the Tailgater, I love it.