The Sphere Automated Satellite System: Reception Australia-Wide
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:25 September 2016
When we embark on a camping adventure, we often find ourselves so excited over the coming activities and events that we don’t even consider the possibility of boredom on the road.Unfortunately, even the most enthusiastic caravan camper will tell you that it’s nice to simply kick back and catch up with a favorite show or sporting event.
Families can also attest to the ease at which children are calmed with a familiar movie or television show character, making the endless drive much less void of the “are-we-there-yets”.If you’re looking to regain more of the comfort of home in the form of quality television programming, then you may want to invest in a caravan satellite or antenna.
The following few paragraphs, provided by Caravan RV Camping, are based on our experiences and will be going over the most automated caravan satellite system currently available: the Sphere Automated Satellite System (or SASS, for short). If you’re more interested in learning about popular caravan antennas, this may not be the article for you. Otherwise, continue reading for everything you need to know about the up and coming SASS.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking to take advantage of Pay TV while travelling, you will be required to purchase an Austar/Foxtel television subscription in advance.
The Sphere Automated Satellite System is Korean product manufactured by SatPlus.
Although some consumers are hesitant to purchase an item from overseas, Korea is well-respected in the realm of technology for their superior and innovative products.
Furthermore, SatPlus has additionally been backed by the renowned Coast brand, a subsidiary of Jayco.
SASS Overview and Features
As previously mentioned, the Sphere Automated Satellite System is the most automated system currently available on the market, with an operation that requires only turning on the power and pressing “search”.
Once you have begun to searching process, the SASS will automatically scan the surrounding area, placing itself in the perfect position for maximum signal receptivity.
The Sphere Automated Satellite System is made up of 2 main components:
- The dish with an integrated positioning mechanism and twin low-noise boxes (LNBs)
- The indoor unit (a handy, easy-to-use, control panel)
The SASS has become incredibly popular in Australia, due to its ability to lock onto OPTUS C1/D3 satellites using 10.700 GHz L.O.
These satellites cover the majority of Australia and, as a result, the SASS guarantees reception in even the most hard-to-reach areas, such as the Northwestern region of Western Australia- weather permitting, of course.
In addition to OPTUS C1/D3 satellites, the SASS is also capable of receiving signals from Direct Broadcast Satellites (DBS), which broadcast from over 35,000km away. This ensures tons of high-quality television options regardless of where you may be located.
- Fully automated antenna unit with twin LNBs and durable, weather-sealed, connectors
- A simple, easy-to-use indoor user interface featuring a high-quality LED screen
- 12V power system
- LNB frequency of 10.7 GHz
- Closed height of 200mm
- Mounting base plate dimensions: 700mm (l) x 400mm (w)
- Net weight of 16kg with dish and base plate, which increases to 19kg when taking cables and the indoor unit into account.