DirecTV High Definition hits the road (now with Reverse Band LNB) ready for 4K
The TRAV’LER SK-SWM3 is the first multi-satellite TV mobile antenna that offers the same technology that is being installed on businesses and homes and is now available for satellite TV for RV. It now is 4K ready! Automatically finds all three satellites 99-101-103 with a push of a button.
Winegard Trav’ler SK-1000 Dish $1899
Get it installed professionaly in the Houston Metro Area
Winegard is well recognized in the satellite industry for providing a simple yet effective approach to receiving satellite reception at the consumer level and also the industrial and government level. This antenna eliminates the hassle of setting up a portable satellite dish just to get HD programming from the required three orbits of 99-101 and 103.
The TRAV’LER SK-SWM3 is superior to domes since they can’t get the DirecTV HD signal. Because it uses the same components that are being used by DirecTV the TRAV’LER SK-SWM3 will give you optimum signal with a push of a button and allow the use of all SWM compatible satellite receivers including DVRs, Genies, and Clients allowing Whole Home DVR service.
Easy to use
By pushing in the power button for three seconds on the small, inside controller box – the controller will communicate with the roof-mounted satellite antenna and start rising off the roof and start its search for the required satellites. Once it is finished fine-tuning and peaking to the highest signal possible, the inside display will verify which satellites it has found by placing an asterisk (*) in front of the satellite orbit location. (Example:*101 *99 *103) If an asterisk (*) is missing, it will simply tune into the satellite(s) that it can receive and you will still be able to watch TV but it may be missing some channels.
With just a push of the power button, the inside display will show you the “Stow in Progress” and when the antenna is finished, the display will turn off automatically. Now you are ready to move to the new location. The motors of the antenna will actually act as a break holding the antenna in place during high winds.
The TRAV’LER SK-SWM3 is an American-made antenna with a mount that is less than 10” tall when in stowed position – about the same height as your roof-mounted air conditioner units. The base of the antenna is made from a cast aluminum material and then is powder-coated with a special material to help keep moisture, snow, and ice off.
The weight of the antenna is only 53 lbs and requires only a 34” by 44” space on your roof.
There is a small plug on the front of the base that enables the user to perform a manual stow in case of emergency. The reflector is manufactured from galvanized steel and then finished with a five-step, textured thermoset powder coat. A hydrophobic agent is added to the finish to increase water and snow repellent action. Using these materials will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment without the elements of the weather affecting the performance. The brains of the antenna are all contained within the base of the antenna with just a small box located inside your rig to operate the antenna.
This mount can be converted over to Dish Network with an optional conversion kit.
The mobile satellite antenna will come with everything needed to install (except for the sealer). These items include a 28’ coax cable, 28’ data cable, power supply installation and operation manual, and the roof plate to seal the cable entry along with the mounting screws.
I personally use #12 stainless steel screws for my installations, putty tape on the penetration, and then seal everything with Dicor sealant. I do not run cables on the roof unlike many!
- Simple push button for 3 seconds sends antenna searching
- Simple push button stows the antenna
- Automatically finds the 99-101-103 satellites
- Works with any satellite receiver that utilizes SWM technology
- Can run up to eight satellite receivers (DVR counts as 2 – Genie as 5)
- The antenna comes with a two year warranty covering labor the first year
- Can be converted to work with Dish Network or Bell Express Vue (optional kit)
Davids’s comments: I’ve been selling Winegard antennas for quite a while now with very few problems. I have however been on many service calls that are related to installation issues. From leaking roofs to no signal complaints I usually find that the installation was the root cause. I also try to explain the differences in the operation of the different manufactures and models available today. This antenna built by Winegard and does require a sequence to make antenna work properly. Example; If the connections on your coach are not installed properly (common) you will encounter problems.
Service after the sale: If you should inquire about an issue with the antenna we can troubleshoot the system and many times repair in the field. Winegard has elected to have some issues related to the antenna failures be returned back to Winegard for diagnosis and repair. I think this is ridiculous but understand Winegard’s viewpoint. Hopefully, this will start changing and they elect to properly train and assist qualified technicians like myself to function as a warranty center and be able to perform all field repairs. I do try and carry certain refurbished units to make your downtime minimal (ask for details)