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Satellite tripods - DIY alternative?

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:40 pm

Anyone made their own satellite dish tripods, or have any suggestions on such?

We wouldn't normally be planning on watching enough TV while camping to justify bringing one of our sats (and usually we avoid TV all together while camping) but with our 30 day trip this summer it's looking like it might end up coming along for the ride - there will be quiet evenings where we could be boondocking with little else to do, and it would be nice to stay on top of the local news, etc.

However, with this quite likely being a one-time deal, I'm not interested in spending $100 for a proper tripod...

Suggestions?
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Re: Satellite tripods - DIY alternative?

Unread postby mountainman on Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:42 pm

Isn't it truly amazing that we can be 40 miles from no where and still keep up on the news or a favorite program on our satellite TV. When I was a kid on the farm back in Illinois we thought it was just as amazing to listen to the Joe Lewis fights on console radio in the living room. We've come a long ways and for the most part it's been a great ride!
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Re: Satellite tripods - DIY alternative?

Unread postby Limey on Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:53 pm

I dallied with tripods, both purchased and home-made, and got so sick and tired of all the hassle - especially with them constantly blowing over or breaking.

I did some research and bought the Bullseye system. Bullseye.

Now I know you said you didn't want to spend $100 on one, but believe me it is worth it for this puppy!
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Re: Satellite tripods - DIY alternative?

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:17 pm

Looks interesting, but $100 (probably more for shipping to Canada) is way more then I want to spend for what will likely be <15 days of usage in the end.
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Re: Satellite tripods - DIY alternative?

Unread postby skipnchar on Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:09 pm

Seems like a bucket of concrete with a pipe carefully placed in the center and a couple of leveling feet on the bottom might be a possibility if you don't mind carrying the weight.
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Re: Satellite tripods - DIY alternative?

Unread postby Cobra909 on Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:12 am

On the "other" forum that some of us frequent, I remember a thread (a while back) that a guy had made one using PVC pipe and fittings.

Found it: http://www.bbrv.dreamstation.com/sat.html

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