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Super Buddy Satellite Meter

4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Powers 13v/18v/21v/29v for use with DISH, Directv SWM, and Wildblue
  • Field replaceable F81 connectors
  • Includes Training video (DVD format)
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Technical Details

  • Model Number: 29

Product Description

The Super Buddy 29 has all of the great features of the standard Super Buddy satellite meter plus an internal combo 21 volt / 29 volt module to power the new DIRECTV SWM LNBs and the WildBlue / Telesat / Xplornet TRIAs!

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.8 x 3.2 x 6.4 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.2 pounds
ASIN B001COQIOK
Item model number 29
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4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #36,305 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#47 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Satellite Television > Receivers
Date first available at Amazon.com July 15, 2008

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I have been a satellite TV technician for about 9 years, but I have only had one of these meters a little over 3 years. When I got one I said to it "Where have you been all my life?" It was love from first use.
When the well known satellite TV company that I retail and install for switched to a different set of satellites, my good 'ol Channel Master meter kept giving false readings making it very diffcult to do eastern arc installations. Since I own my own retailership and I do all my own installs that meant I was in for the long haul, so I figured I should invest in something that would do the job regardless of which satellites were involved. After a month of research I ended up settling on the SuperBuddy29 and I have never been sorry. It actually identifies which satellite you are looking at by name and orbital location. You can connect it to you computer and get software updates as satellite companies come out with new LNBs. I have truly enjoyed my SuperBuddy.
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I'm a professional satellite installer, and I have to say that the IDEA of this meter is top notch, five stars. If it worked as designed, it would be (and is) a fantastic device. All others pale in comparison to this uber-meter.

But the reality of this meter is that it's subject to wear and weather, and some day you will need it serviced or repaired. (And sometimes a brand new meter just stops working a month after you buy it.) The meter's manufacturing company that does this repair work is Applied Instruments and they have a 0/2 track record with me. I've sent in Super Buddy meters twice, (once under warranty) and both times they sent it back having done some work, without fixing the problem I sent it in for.

Update: I left a portion of the negative review I left earlier, just so that others could see how the company Applied Instruments handles negative feedback. They handle it VERY well by the way. I changed my rating from a two star to a five star, as the repair problem was finally resolved (at no additional cost). My problem was intermittent, and as all good technicians know, it's nearly impossible to fix a problem that doesn't present itself during the repair process.

So what I recommend to all professional satellite installers, is something I should have done a long time ago. It would have prevented me from experiencing any down time time without my Super Buddy. Buy two. It's worth it. I'm serious, if you've worked in a field that's heavily tool reliant long enough, you know you always need a backup. I've got backup drills, batteries, wire cutters, you name it. You need to have a back up Super Buddy for the times when it's in for repairs. The meter is that good. Try using it for a few months. You'll feel totally handicapped without it.
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I work for Dish Network and I have this on me at all times. Trouble calls? I check signal at the Recieved and work my way to the Dish, usually finding the problem instantly. Installing a new system , this and my DishPointer Pro app and I Can tune and lock a Dish in in mere moments. This is a must have for a Technician or a DIY person. If your company doesn't provide it to you like mine then save up and buy one! Well worth every penny!
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This is the only meter I have ever owned, I read through the other meters online when I misplaced mine and everything seems to fall short of it. The meter can be updated by computer via serial cable. It has powerful options such as Limit Scan's which check on multiple transponders from a satellite allowing you to see the DBM (noise) and th IRD (Signal) and allows you to set a threshhold to check against which will show a PASS FAIL or UNDER LIMIT readout with the actual numbers themselves. This is the go to meter for Dish Network, all of the Technician's in Iowa use this when they start from our RSP. I heavily recommend purchasing this meter, it doesn't take long to learn it.
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