VuQube VQ1000 Portable Satellite Dish System
- Self-leveling, self-contained, weather resistant satellite dish system
- Eliminates need to carry a level, tripod, dish and signal meter
- -inchFastfind-inch RF remote with 50 ft To 100 ft range allows for simple 1 person set up and can reduce signal acquisition times to 5 - 10 minutes
- Resistant to signal loss due to high winds or rain
- Compatible with DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, and free-to-air satellite providers
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The true power of the VuQube Satellite Antenna is its portability and simple one person set-up. The VuQube antenna is self contained in a weather resistant enclosure. It requires no assembly or installation, just place the VuQube on the ground, in the back of your pick-up, on a picnic table or anywhere there is a clear view of the southern sky. Once positioned, run a single coaxial cable (provided with purchase) from the satellite receiver to the VuQube and use a wireless remote to move the motorized antenna dish inside the VuQube until you lock on to a signal.
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My biggest problem with the manual portable dishes is finding a level surface to place it on - not an easy task out in the wild. Without being level, the elevation might be "set" right but physically will be off. The with VuQube, it self levels internally! Gotta love it!
Other reviews I have read, like at Camping World, mentioned the batteries in the remote would be found dead on arrival. I guess they actually shipped the remote with the batteries installed. Seems the VuQube folks read the reviews too. The VuQube I received did include batteries, but separately packaged apart from the remote. They were Energizer batteries (not some no-name brand), but regardless, I just set them aside and installed a couple brand new Duracells. I simply did not want to waste time with the batteries boxed with the product.
Now, onto my one complaint. If you've seen pictures of the VuQube, you might be able to note that the handle is not a "closed" design, meaning you can't use the handle to loop a typical security cable through. When I use the VuQube on camping trips, I want to set it up and forget about it for the weekend. I sure as heck don't want to leave a $700 item sitting in my campsite 24 hours a day totally unsecured and I dont want to have to put it away everytime I leave the campsite or go to sleep.
I did come up with a solution. Just below the handle, at the seam between the upper and lower segments of the VuQube, there is a small hole through the base of the handle, no bigger than the diameter of a pencil eraser (if that). I happened to have a spare gun cable lock handy. The gun lock's cable diameter was just small enough to fit through that hole on the VuQube. I locked the cable lock and now I have a large secured loop which I can loop a regular-sized security cable through (so I can secure it to a picnic table or tree). These gun cable locks can be found at any gun supplier.
Was this product worth $700? A bit steep if you ask me. However, I take several trips a year with my trailer. Each trip, I waste as much as 30-45 minutes setting up the manual dish trying to zero in on the signal. All that time adds up and equates to time wasted in the wild. What I bought with the VuQube is more time. More time to play, to relax, to BBQ, etc. So yes, it's an investment, but one that I believe will eventually pay off in more free time the long run.
No more pinched fingers from unruly tripods. No more cajoling and begging my truculent wife of 47 years to deign to say those magic words, "We got a picture!" ... after the ritualistic 30-45 minutes of my fiddlin' and tweakin' to find just that right combination of elevation, disc-levellin' and azimuth-findin' required to configure my old dish apparati.
My only complaint: this thing won't feed a second receiver in my 5th wheel camper. I really don't miss the inability to pick up HD channels since the standard resolution picture is just great particularly when camped for a day or so on the edge of wheatfield in west Kansas.
The damned thing really works!
However, after talking to customer service, I determined that the issues were mine and not the dish. After my discussion with tech support, the setup went smoothly and took about 5 minutes.
In their instruction manual VuQube recommends using the DirecTV D11 or D12 receiver. If you call tech support you may find that you can use other receivers. The dish works with a DirecTV H20 (high definition receiver). You do not get HD TV since the dish only supports standard definition signals.
Tech support called me back after 5 minutes after my initial call. They were extremely fast and very competent. If only all customer support calls were this efficient.
This dish is self-leveling which is why I bought it. It is also self-contained with no need of external power. This unit did come with a way to lock the unit, so I bought a cable and lock to secure it to a tree or whatever is handy.
I really am glad that I bought this instead of the roof mounted style of dish with tripod.