More cheap stuff at B&Q

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800w Two Stroke genny £32.00
1KW Four stroke genny £79.95
Freeview Satellite system with 60cms dish/tuner and bits £69.95.
Will get you all free to view TV and DAB radio stuff direct from sat. without messing around with trying to point aerial to find transmitter local to where you are moored.
 

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Will get you all free to view TV and DAB radio stuff direct from sat. without messing around with trying to point aerial to find transmitter local to where you are moored.


[/ QUOTE ] But surely you have to 'mess about' trying to point the dish at the satellite just as you have to with Sky.
 

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I bought an 8.5 inch TV with built in Freeview which works fine off my boats TV aerial for £99.99 from Maplins. Much neater than having a t=TV + a decoder + a satellite dish.
 

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The 1kW 4-stroke genny interests me but do you actually get 1kW at the socket of these things or is that some nominal rating? Reason I ask is that the largest thing I would want it to power is a 1kW vacuum cleaner.
 

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I dont know the exact figures but you usually get about 95% of the available power. The problem with all electrical items is they have a 'start up' voltage. This can be twice the in use power use.

So 1000w vac needs between 1500w and 2000w to get it going.

Mark
 

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Re: More cheap stuff at B&Q

"Plus V A T. "...............All prices include Vat.

O/P from 1kw genny is claimed to be 5.3 amps at 240V.

Would expect that signal would be easier to find from sat up in sky rather than through trees and foliage when moored up at river bank maybe.
During our last trip through the countryside,we tuned in the TV.The analogue signal was very weak and noisy,the Freeview digital signal was OK but could only get about 5 independant channels,where ever the BBC signal was being transmitted from the signal was too weak to do anything with.
Real problem would be if the boat + aerial wandered about due to wind/current and lost contact with satellite beam perhaps.
 

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I was thinking about buying this TV but would need to rely on the set's own aerial. We would mostly watch TV on deck, once kids gone to bed below.

Have you tried it without the external aerial?
 

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It comes with a stob aerial on a magnetic base with about 3 or 4 metres of cable. I tried it at home and it picked up non-digital channels with that aerial, but I didn't play around with it too much, as I bought it for the boat and I've a Glomex aerial which I hang from the spreaders. I get excellent reception in the marina, even though I'm surrounded by masts.
 

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Real problem would be if the boat + aerial wandered about due to wind/current and lost contact with satellite beam perhaps.


[/ QUOTE ] This can be a problem so only really viable when moored up firmly along side, unless you are prepared to invest several £K in one of these auto-tracking devices. A bit of fore and aft movement is OK but if the boat swings about, you can very soon find you're not pointing at the satellite. We have Sky but then we live on-board for six months of the year (thats my excuse anyway!)
 

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800w Two Stroke genny £32.00
1KW Four stroke genny £79.95

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Ace, I can get 3 of each instead of service my boat next year. That'll really annoy the pontoon and will give me the perfect excuse to tell them how noisey they are at 2AM. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
 

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Actually the price drop on this gear has had unfortunate effects.At our local river festival last year,everybody from a 6ft rowing dinghy up,had one of the stinky things spluttering away on the foredeck.
Oldgit,who is v.fond of a bit of fresh air had to up sticks and move to a more peaceful bit of the river bank,.............before dragging out his own nasty cheap two stroke genny and filling the air with smoke n fumes.........
 
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