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Snipe Satellite - are you in the picture?
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userThurlestone
Posted: 20 July 2014 8:28 PM
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I have seen the Snipe satellite system whilst attending a number of shows and wondered if it would do as good a job as my present Oyster dish when I change my van. It looks lighter and easy to set up but would appreciate any information from anyone who has set one up on their roof and its ease of use and quality of signal it provides.

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usercolin
Posted: 21 July 2014 8:01 PM
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I believe Donna has one of these.
I have a 'panel' which is the same type but larger as one of my 'dishes' at home, my larger panel is about same performance as a good quality 60cm dish, so the claims of this smaller panel are typical sales bulls**t, in fact on tests they are rated as about same as sky mini dish.
userlennyhb
Posted: 23 July 2014 3:57 PM
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We have a Snipe and we had an Oyster on the last van.

Very pleased with the snipe only used it so far in northen France but have seen reports on other forums of them picking up the UK beam half way down France that would suggest the they live up to their claims.

We are using our one with the built in tuner on the TV so if you change saterlites you have to re-tune and your favoites get deleted, a bit anoying after being spoilt with the Oyster where it goes off and finds the right saterlite for the chosen channel.

Our reason for choosing the Snipe was half the weight & a third of the price. I know two other people with them both very pleased, one had a fault (in warranty) phoned Avetx on Monday they collected it Tuesday and it was returned on Friday.
userWallynnette
Posted: 23 July 2014 7:22 PM
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We're in the picture. Got one last year and fixed to the roof, together with an Avtex with sat tuner, can't fault it.
userThurlestone
Posted: 23 July 2014 10:27 PM
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Thanks for your replies as I am convinced that the reasons for purchase given and the operative results make it worthwhile to buy. We are hoping to buy a new van but it does not come with any television set up so we are going to fit the Snipe and probably get the Avtex aerial as well for when we are pitched in areas where satellite is not available.

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userlennyhb
Posted: 13 September 2014 12:55 PM
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Snipe locked onto Astra 2 in Souillac in the Dordogne, much further south than I expected it to work. tried again about 40 miles further south no luck there.
userdonna miller
Posted: 16 September 2014 6:35 PM
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Sorry, only just seen the post but yes we've got one and find it's great. Can't speak for use out of the UK but apart from one instance when we parked right under a tree the dish aligns within 30 seconds or so.
We haven't fixed it to the roof and put it up through the skylight. I do like the multi satellite options and would recommend it to anyone.
userlennyhb
Posted: 29 September 2014 10:16 AM
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Reception update.

Locked onto Astra 2 in La Garde-Adhemar in Provance, 38km north of Orange.
All main channels OK, More4 & BBC3 a bit pixely. Tried it the following morning when we had a bit of rain too pixely to watch, but once the rain stopped picture clear even with heavy cloud.

A few Km west of Murat in the Massif Central picture was perfect.

userfesspark
Posted: 13 November 2014 12:35 PM
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Hi have you any advice on fitting the snipe sat to the roof?, IHave ordered one and awaiting delivery .cheers
userlennyhb
Posted: 13 November 2014 12:41 PM
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Did you order their mounting pate? Expensive but makes fitting easy. Just need to bed the plate down on Sikaflex and a few screws.
userfesspark
Posted: 13 November 2014 2:32 PM
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Thanks for the answer, according to the seller the fixing plate comes with (from Germany) it.must order the adhesive though, cheers fesspark
userPc Plod
Posted: 13 November 2014 3:40 PM
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I had one fitted a year ago. IMO it is a brilliant bit of kit,locks on within 30 seconds,compared to the expensive alternatives its a no brainer..Marvellous

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userNinian
Posted: 13 November 2014 8:42 PM
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Hi, I intend buying an Auto Sat. System for my van. Would the Snipe work in Spain or am I better going for the bigger dish 85cm.
userlennyhb
Posted: 13 November 2014 10:34 PM
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If you want Astra 2 with the normal UK channels you will need a 1.2 to 2m dish depending where you are.
If you have a Sky box you can pick up a lot of the UK channels with a smaller dish.

If you use the forums search facility you can find a lot of info on using Sky boxes in Spain.

userlennyhb
Posted: 13 November 2014 10:38 PM
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fesspark - 2014-11-13 2:32 PM

Thanks for the answer, according to the seller the fixing plate comes with (from Germany) it.must order the adhesive though, cheers fesspark


Who are you getting it from? When I brought mine there was only one company that would supply the plate for self fitting and it was an additional £92.
I looked at German dealers found it was cheaper in the UK, that must be a first.
userMickt
Posted: 14 November 2014 12:08 PM
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On ebay these are selling for £509.01 including mounting plate. They come from Germany and the ebay number is 361090060931
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Posted: 14 November 2014 1:04 PM
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That is very cheap if buying from them I would check it is the separate mounting plate for fixed mounting that is included also the warranty situation. It just seems a bit too cheap.

My mate's one developed a fault and mine recently had a fault both of us had them replaced in less than a week by Avtex, they arranged for carrier to pick up and a couple of days later received a brand new unit.
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Posted: 16 November 2014 11:13 AM
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purchased on ebay,530 pounds expect Del shortly will inform you as to the plate and screw situation, warranty and other info all in english so they told me. cheers fesspark
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Posted: 16 November 2014 12:55 PM
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Lenny,is the sikaflex the 221 white you use or another number ? cheers fesspark
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Posted: 20 November 2014 3:21 PM
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Hello again, had the snipe sat aerial delivered yesterday, comes with all the kit, the fixing plate is impressive, Just got to fit it now when I have tested it, Cheers all fesspark
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Posted: 20 November 2014 3:36 PM
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fesspark - 2014-11-16 12:55 PM

Lenny,is the sikaflex the 221 white you use or another number ? cheers fesspark


Same number for black or white.
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Posted: 20 November 2014 3:40 PM
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fesspark - 2014-11-20 3:21 PM

Hello again, had the snipe sat aerial delivered yesterday, comes with all the kit, the fixing plate is impressive, Just got to fit it now when I have tested it, Cheers all fesspark


That was a good price 200 quid less than what I paid.
I brought my Clarion stereo from Germany that was over a 100 quid cheaper than in the UK & the Hymer was 10-12 grand cheaper in Belgium, go old old rip off Britain.
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Posted: 25 November 2014 4:47 PM
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hello again, when not on electric, 130 solar panel,2x 90 ah btys; if I connect the tv,,sat receiver and aerial controller,snipe, would it drain the batteries quickly or would it last a while when fully charged,? I have dim plugs fitted in my m,home and would connect to them ? Fesspark
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Posted: 25 November 2014 4:54 PM
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As a rough guide, with 85w panel and one batery, lcd Vision plus tv, skybox converted to 12v, i-sat dish, some halogen lights, struggled a bit at this time of year. Changing to led Avtex tv(which includes sat decoder) led lights and no problems at all.
userlennyhb
Posted: 25 November 2014 6:06 PM
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Once the Snipe has logged on to a satellite you can turn the control box off. For the rest of it, it depends on what you are using, we have a 19" Cello TV with built in sat receiver only draws 1.5 amps. our power setup is 2 x 95 a/h AGM batteries & 2 x 100 watt solar panels so far never even come close to running the batteries down but not used for any period of time in winter conditions.
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Posted: 26 November 2014 9:19 AM
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Thqanks again Lenny, Fesspark
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Posted: 26 November 2014 8:06 PM
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Thqanks ? hadn,t had a drink officer, ha ha fesspark
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Posted: 16 November 2015 1:29 PM
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Hi

Re Megasat/Snipe --> AVOID!

I have a 'Megasat Countryman GPS Premium', which is 100% identical to the 'Snipe Pro'. Both these devices are made in Korea, they are simply badged in the west.

Unfortunately, I cannot report any positives re the Megasat. The waterproofing is non existent, water gets into it whether driving or stationary, and the next time you try and use it the motors burn out. I have had mine since June, its spent under 2 months actually on the van roof, its been back to Germany twice for repair. Its burnt out 2 elevation motors and a rotation motor. I have spoken to a UK retailer of the Snipe Pro who has confirmed that they have seen the same issues.

If you don't want a whole load of pain spend some more money - Megasat and Snipe devices are cheap for a reason - they are utter rubbish!

The only upside is that I paid £500 brand new for a fully automatic sat dish. These things are only cheap if they work though!

Nigel
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Posted: 16 November 2015 1:49 PM
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veletron - 2015-11-16 1:29 PM

Hi

Re Megasat/Snipe --> AVOID!

I have a 'Megasat Countryman GPS Premium', which is 100% identical to the 'Snipe Pro'. Both these devices are made in Korea, they are simply badged in the west.

Unfortunately, I cannot report any positives re the Megasat. The waterproofing is non existent, water gets into it whether driving or stationary, and the next time you try and use it the motors burn out. I have had mine since June, its spent under 2 months actually on the van roof, its been back to Germany twice for repair. Its burnt out 2 elevation motors and a rotation motor. I have spoken to a UK retailer of the Snipe Pro who has confirmed that they have seen the same issues.

If you don't want a whole load of pain spend some more money - Megasat and Snipe devices are cheap for a reason - they are utter rubbish!

The only upside is that I paid £500 brand new for a fully automatic sat dish. These things are only cheap if they work though!

Nigel


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