King Quest Satellite Dish
Author: Malcolm Street Date Posted: 23 July 2018
Mobile antenna technology has really come a long way since the inception of the original systems which were clunky, confusing and downright frustrating. Anyone who values access to TV when on the road will be familiar with the tweaking, twisting and grimacing that normally accompanies antenna adjustment when you arrive at a new site. I used to travel with an aircraft engineer who was – as you would expect – fairly familiar with tricky technology. And he loved his TV; so one of the first things he did when we arrived in the greater whoop whoops was to try to find a signal. Watching this man whose working life has been dedicated to keeping planes safely in the air come to grips with the aerial of our latest test vehicle was not pretty.
Nor did his fortunes improve as the manufacturers of the new ‘easy to use’ aerials installed in each of our most recent getaway vehicles claimed they would. It would be fair to say that as the co-pilot’s frustrations increased - and news time drew ever nearer - so did my anticipation of happy hour.
Luckily for us, happy hour has been extended with the introduction of the King Quest Satellite Dish, and you don’t even have to have a drink at hand to appreciate it. This is revolutionary technology with sufficient five-star reviews from independent reviewers to give me confidence we have at last moved into the future with a satellite dish that is as easy as one, two, three. Simply turn it on, wait for it to calibrate and in less than 60 seconds you will have satellite transmission.
What I love most about the design of the King Quest Satellite Dish is its flexibility. It can be used permanently roof mounted or as a portable unit so you can shift it around when you are in a bit of a transmission hollow. It is self-levelling and lightweight – weighing in at just 3.5 kilograms. The dome design eliminates that likelihood of a ‘whoopsy’ situation we have all found ourselves in when we forget to drop down the antenna before we hit the road. It’s also aerodynamic, weatherproof and completely watertight.
Installation has been made as easy as possible by the designers, so this is an antenna fix that can be retrofitted to any vehicle. The King Quest kit includes the control unit, removable mounting feet, a 12 volt lead, as well as a 240 volt plug pack, a 20’ antenna installation coax cable and the instruction manual. My 85-year-old neighbour would call this a ‘destruction’ manual which I find entirely relatable.
In this case, however, the compact control is an easy to read LED display unit and it’s tiny (13cm x 9.5cm) so it can be easily mounted using Velcro-strips and a regular coaxial cable. The King Quest Satellite Dish is designed for Downunder and it has been extensively tested in local conditions. I am very encouraged by all that positive user feedback I’ve been reading. So, it should be simple, really.
I am beginning to believe even I might be able to use it. But better keep that bottle of wine ready for an early happy hour just in case.
King Quest Satellite Dish at a glance:
- Designed for Downunder and extensively tested in local conditions
- Portable, aerodynamic and watertight
- Easy to read panel can be retrofitted using Velcro strips and standard coax
- Self-levelling and lightweight dome shape eliminates need to drop before driving
- Available from the RV Supercentre nationwide