Originally Posted by dangerdave
Sorry if this has been answered already, but I'm interested in the best, no hassle, portable (ground use not roof) Direct TV satellite receiver antenna. I hear Winegard is a top maker. I want to use it at a cabin as well as the RV.
Thanks in advance!
Given the parameters you have stated, it is impossible to meet all of them when talking about DirecTV. But let's give you a little more info on each solution so you can pick what works best for you.
In my opinion, the "best" and most "portable" solution as well as the least expensive option is a tripod mounted Slimline dish setup. However, it is not hassle free because you have to spend some time setting it up and aligning it every time you move locations. But outside of the Winegard Travl'er (mentioned next) a Slimline dish on a tripod gives you the most "home like" solution you will have. And depending on your definition of "hassle free", this may be your best option. Most that use this solution can do it in 30 minutes or less once they have done it a few times.
Although you ruled out a roof mounted solution, I am going to mention this anyway. The Winegard Travl'er is probably the best, hassle free solution there is. However, portable is not necessarily in the cards here. Although it is meant to be roof mounted, I have seen a few rig up a appliance dolly, other wheeled device, or even mount it on a picnic table. It is heavy all by itself (about 60 lbs) and is by far the most expensive solution at 1500.00+ but it takes the hassle of aligning the dish away by auto aligning, and once aligned, works just like the Slimline tripod or home, rooftop setup would.
Next would be going to the Winegard G2+ domed dish that is hassle free and portable, less expensive than the Travl'er but more expensive than the tripod Slimline setup, but are not necessarily the best. There is no HD reception with them, can only feed 2 receivers at a time, only point to one sat at a time so channel changes may be slow if the dish needs to switch sats, you may not be able to watch different channels on different TV's at the same time if the two channels are on different sat's, etc. There is also the consideration that DirecTV is planning on phasing our SD broadcasting altogether in 2019 so you may end up with a very large, expensive, paper weight if Winegard doesn't offer some kind of upgrade package to these dishes by then. So without knowing if any of this matters to you, I can't say if the domed dishes are what your looking for.
So as you can see, your going to have to compromise somewhere, but only you can decide which solution is the "best" for your situation.