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Old 03-24-2019, 02:44 PM   #1
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In motion satellite

Can anyone share with me their experiences with in motion satellite in the western US? Does it cut out continuously while driving? Plan to travel mostly in CA, NV, AZ, OR, and WA. Plenty of roads with tall trees and canyons and not sure if reception is stable.
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:27 PM   #2
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reception for any type of 'moving' portable or fixed antenna will be susceptible to local conditions...there's nothing to be done about that... basically any blockage will cause a break in the signal, though there's typically a several second window where the receiver has already pulled in the signal info, creating a 'buffer' of time for these types of 'momentary' signal losses, so you might not really see them if they are brief, such as an overpass.

'in motion' types of satellite antennas are designed to be constantly moving and searching to acquire and stay in motion with the fixed satellite location in the sky - so as your coach moves, side to side, up or down, or in any motion, while parked or traveling, the antenna is moving it's 'eyeball' (LNB technically) to stay with the satellite...it's an amazing feat.

...most folks find that having in-motion is expensive and rarely used, while traveling... as most RVrs are parked when they turn on their TV.

I could recite, though, a couple of prime players for in-motion: Tour buses and boats.
Tour buses typically drive thru the night, after a concert, with everyone on-board either sleeping, or watching TV, or similar activities.
Boats are constantly moving, even if moored for the evening, and wanting to watch tv.

While RVs can move slightly while parked, a FIXED antenna is perfect, as it is designed to have a small window of signal acquisition that is rarely affected by that.
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:44 AM   #3
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After 16000 miles, best guess the In Motion works about 95% of the time. Truly amazing. I made a small simple change to the power so we do not need to run the generator. Of course local conditions will affect signal.
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:00 AM   #4
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After 16000 miles, best guess the In Motion works about 95% of the time. Truly amazing. I made a small simple change to the power so we do not need to run the generator. Of course local conditions will affect signal.
That is good news. After careful consideration, decided to go with Winegard stationary model. Can't decide if Dish or DirecTV get best reception
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