Satellite TV system Test
Intellian i2 Satellite TV Systems
Installation Solutions for Satellite TV
Intellian i2 sat TV - The revolutionary i2 antenna makes satellite TV possible on smaller vessels and powerboats.
satellite TV system Test
The fully-featured i2 by Intellian Company is by far smaller than other competitive models and marine Electronics manufacturers. Powerful and simple and powerful designs, MM Multi-satellite Interface Module and stable performance, unmatched even by larger, more costly TV systems.
The Intellian i2
The i2 is one the world's first high-performance and compact (37 x 38cm) satellite TV boat system, a mid-range system, coming in more costly systems plus installation, which will vary slightly depending on who's doing the Installation Jobs.
That being said, Intellian told that it has done various tests out at sea with the test boat moving along and the signal has worked very well.
Intellian says that the i2 is designed for restricted use at sea,
so it will track the satellite whilst out at sea but it's recommended
more for use on rivers, at anchor and for gentle coastal work like
coming in and out of a harbour, for example.
Where does Satellite TV Work
It uses the satellite Astra 2 to provide a UK TV package, Freesat or Sky.
The sat TV system can also connect to local European satellites Norwegian in the north. Spanish in the south, and Hotbird, the pan-European satellite, can be picked up in almost every part of Europe.
The satellite has been successfully tested on the i2 from the southern Netherlands down to La Rochelle plus the whole of the English Channel and
Trialling satellite TV
See what benefits satellite TV might give us over our standard aerial. Of course, not every boater has an interest in sat television, especially as it is quite an expensive accessory.
Fitting the Satellite TV to the boat
Intellian says that someone with reasonable technical ability can fit this themselves but as we had never done anything like this before, we left it to the professionals. So that's the right tv system, now to fit it to the boat.
GRP work and Electronics coding and gardiennage are all in its remit and a lot of its time is spent fitting satellite systems for Princess Motor Yacht Sales Southampton. The first step for professionals is to lower the mast. So it may require a bit of an effort effort you or professionals to loosen the bolt at the base and undo the four shrouds that hold it in place. With a mix of skill and brute force the mast was lowered, though, and they could set about lining up the support brackets.
This TV set-up works very well, with the extra height the mast provides for the aerial resulting in a strong signal almost everywhere apart from some spots in Cowes.
Setting the dome
We had originally planned to install the dome on the side of the mast so that it had a clear view of the satellite (which is south-east of our berth) when we were moored in our favoured stern-to position. If the dome was installed on the front of the mast we would risk the mast itself blocking the signal between our dish and the satellite. The Landau chaps tried but it was going to be too difficult to fit the dome on the side of the mast thanks to the position of the shrouds, searchlight and existing aerial. We made the decision to fit the dome on the front of the mast above the radar scanner and hope that the signal was going to be okay. If worst came to worst we could always flip the boat round and moor bows-in if we were really desperate to see Eastenders. The Scanstrut arm fitted neatly above the radar scanner and Andy and Nigel riveted it into place, having first taken the precaution of dipping the rivets in anti-corrosive Duralac. Next the dish went on with the Landau boys ensuring the LNB (silver unit on the back of the dish) was pointing in the 11 o'clock position. The LNB comes set up in the 12 o'clock position but Nigel told me it can miss the satellite as you move east and west along the coast. The 11 o'clock position should keep the signal clear from Dover to Land's End.
Once the dish was set up it was attached to the strut and the dome placed over the top to protect it. The next part is where Intellian's claim that you could fit the system yourself became a little dubious. The specialist drill bit needed to drill into the mast for the cabling is an expensive piece of kit as is the mousing line, which is used to attach the cables to and feed through the boat. It was fiddly and difficult and we were pleased that we had two professionals doing the work.
To get an idea of how much cable was needed Andy and Nigel just ran a length around the boat following the path it would have to take once inside the structure. They even ran some up to the front cabin so we'd have enough cable already installed if we ever wanted the satellite connected in there. Running the cables through the boat is the toughest part of the process and took a few hours. Eventually Andy and Nigel got the cables running under the flybridge sole, down the bulkhead on the starboard side of the cockpit doors, across the lazarette and up into the cupboard beneath the TV. Here the cables connected to the sat dish control box and a Goodmans Freesat box, which are cradled by brackets underneath one of the shelves in the cupboard. This tidy solution meant that the boxes didn't take up any valuable shelf space.
The Landau UK team (http://landauuk.com/) has done a fantastic job with the installation and their considered approach was great to see. In addition to clever solutions like mounting the control boxes in brackets they were also extremely careful - even holding a small vacuum cleaner underneath the drill as they worked so as not to let steel filings drop on the deck.
used materials by Jack Haines, published in Motorboat & Yachting Magazine
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How to Mount a TV Antenna
Mounting a television antenna is one of the easiest jobs the do-it-yourself boater can undertake for your boat. If you promise yourself to relax on the settee and watch a Sunday afternoon game after the installation is complete, it might even become a pleasant task.
Before you can begin to do your research, the first thing to do is to pick a place below for the TV and any accessories such as a VCR or DVD player. Measure the cabinet or shelf for the TV before you buy one, take your tape measure to the appliance store to make sure the new units will fit where you intended. Obviously, the TV and accessories will need power, so figure out where you can plug the cords in if no 120-volt outlet is available in the location you have chosen, you may have to add one or run an extension cord.
Choose a location for the antenna. Since TV signals are line-of-sight transmissions, the receiving dome should be placed as high as possible, away from dense metal objects or obstructions. This can be on the mast of a sailboat or trawler, or on the radar arch or flybridge rail of a powerboat. Failing all else, the TV antenna can be mounted on top of a pole erected especially for the purpose.
Before rushing out to order the parts, look at the coaxial cable run from the antenna to the back of the TV set. If you must pass through the deck, a watertight deck gland will be required. Holes through bulkheads demand a hole liner or bushing to seal the bulkhead and avoid damaging the cable. Wire ties or bulkhead clamps will be needed to tie the cable firmly in place.
Assemble the Parts
Do your homework before getting the toolbox out. Here’s a list of items you will need:
The TV antenna should be as small and light as is consistent with the number of TVs you are wiring in. It will preferably have a 1-inch base to accommodate the widest range of antenna mounts.
A length of low-loss coaxial cable as long as the entire run from the antenna to the TV. This cable can usually be shortened, but read the antenna manufacturer’s instructions.
Solderless coax connectors of very high quality are used to make the connections. These are available in straight and 90-degree configurations.
Antenna mounts are available in numerous types to fit horizontal decks, vertical bulkheads, standard 7/8- and 1-inch rails, round poles up to 2-1/2 inches in diameter and sailboat masts. Choose the one that fits your application best.
Through deck cable gland, if required.
Wire ties, bulkhead clamps, an assortment of stainless steel fasteners and bulkhead hole liners.
Wire, wire terminals and electrical tape to get 12-volt power to
the antenna amplifier. Depending on the way the antenna was built,
this may take a few feet, or a whole spool, of wire, study the antenna’s
The TV and any accessories you choose.
A few short lengths of coax cable with pre-installed ends may be needed to run between the TV and VCR or DVD player.
An exterior, marine-grade cable inlet will be required if you choose to bring cable or satellite TV from the marina into the boat. In this case, be sure that your boat’s new antenna amplifier has two inputs with a selection switch, or you can purchase a switch. A good, exterior-grade cable with pre-installed connectors and an interior outlet make for a professional installation of a shore cable connection.
TV Installation Tips
Before finalizing your TV location, take some time to sit on the settees or at the dining table, lay in bed or stand in the galley and see if the location suits your needs for the way in which you want to use it onboard.
The area chosen for the TV, VCR or DVD player must be dry, so avoid placing them under a window with a known drip or their life will be very short.
Make sure you can fasten the TV and accessories down as they have a way of catapulting themselves onto the cabin sole in rough weather. Use appliance clamps or mounting brackets to fasten them securely.
Keep the coax run as short and straight as possib le. If it is possible to place the antenna directly above the location of the TV, you will avoid a long serpentine run through multiple bulkheads.
Use as few connectors as possible, each one reduces signal strength to the TV. If the coax that came with your antenna is too short, consider replacing the whole cable rather than splicing or adding another length to the original.
When adding a stand-off antenna bracket to a sailboat mast, ensure that the antenna location does not interfere with the operation of halyards or other sail-handling gear. Do not place the antenna in line with the spreaders as their horizontal orientation will cause signal loss.
A tall pole or mount on the flybridge rail of a powerboat may want to have a quick release or folding mechanism if there are low bridges in your present or future cruising areas.