Author: Paul Napthali Date Posted:23 June 2016
If you find yourself missing the luxury of television while camping, or simply want to stay up to date with news, sports, and television shows while traveling, then a caravan satellite system may be a good investment for you.
The Sphere Automated Satellite System: Innovative, Hands-Free Entertainment
After an extended period on the road, even the happiest camper can grow bored with travel-sized board games and books.
At first glance, the Sphere Automated Satellite System (or SASS, for short) may appear expensive, especially when compared to lesser, competitor models.
However, the Korean-manufactured SASS is currently considered the most automated and hands-free system currently available on the market.
In order to provide customers with a little overview of the SASS, we have compiled the following few paragraphs.
Simply skim through them to rapidly see why the SASS has become one of the most talked about RV satellite systems in the caravanning industry.
NOTE: To access any type of Pay TV while on the road, an Austar/Foxtel subscription will be required.
SatPlus: Backed by Coast and Jayco
The Sphere Automated Satellite System is built by a Korean company named SatPlus.
Having recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary, SatPlus is backed by Coast, a subsidiary of the renowned Jayco Corporation.
Founded in 1968 by Lloyd J Bontrager, Jayco advertises “blending Old World Amish craftsmanship with innovative technology” and is the largest family-owned RV manufacturer Australia-wide.
SASS: Overview and Features
As its name suggests, the Sphere Automated Satellite System is 100% automated, with an operation consisting of simply turning on the power and pressing “search”.
When a search has been initialized, the SASS automatically scans the area, finding the perfect position for satellite reception.
SASS locates and locks onto Australian OPTUS C1/D3 satellites using a 10.700 GHz L.O., in particular.
These OPTUS satellites cover the majority of Australia, ensuring reception in even difficult to reach areas, such as the Northwestern region of Western Australia (weather permitting, of course).
In addition to OPTUS C1/D3 reception, the SASS is also fully compatible with Direct Broadcast Satellites (DBS), capable of broadcasting entertainment from over 35,000km away.
Lastly, the Sphere Automated Satellite System is made up of 2 main components:
- The actual dish, which includes the positioning mechanism and twin low-noise boxes (LNBs)
- The indoor unit which provides an easy-to-use interface
NOTE: A satellite receiver box is NOT included with the purchase of the SASS. If you will require one, we specifically recommend the VAST DSR4639 Dual Channel Recorder and Receiver. It allows you to record one channel while watching another, whereas you are limited to recording and watching the same channel with other models.
- Automated antenna unit with twin LNBs and resilient weather-tight connectors
- An easy-to-use indoor control unit featuring a high-quality LED screen
- Requires a satellite receiver
- 12V power system
- LNB frequency of 10.7 GHz
- Closed height of 200mm
- Mounting base plate dimensions: 700mm (l) x 400mm (w)
- Total weight of 16kg with dish and base plate, which rises to 19kg when considering cables and the indoor unit.