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Winegard Portable Digital Satellite Antenna

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WINEGARD CO 497
Weather-resistant portable satellite antenna sets up anywhere in only minutes.
Use it as your primary dish, as an auxiliary dish to clear trees or other obstacles at your campsite or at home when local codes prevent permanent installation. Powdercoat finish shrugs off weather. Antenna is 18" dia. and stands 29" H. Feed arm detaches and stores on the back of the dish. Includes 20' cable, 5' cable for use with optional Satellite Finder #14067 and ground stakes to hold dish in place. Easy one-time assembly. Works with regular DISH Network and DirecTV; not for use with DISH 500. Satellite receiver and monthly program packages sold separately.

Setup is Easy!
  • Find a level spot to set up dish
  • Connect cable to receiver
  • Enter local zip code in setup menu on screen
  • Set elevation angle on dish indicator
  • Rotate base until dish faces the satellite
  • Enjoy crystal clear satellite programming!


    When You're Ready to Go
  • Remove feed tube and LNBF assembly
  • Attach to back of dish
  • Fold dish and legs for easy, compact storage



  • Technical Specs


    Tech Specs

    Weight: 13.09 lbs.

    Dimensions: Folds down to 8 1/4"H x 19 3/8"W x 14 5/8"L

    Warranty: Mfr. two year limited warranty.

    Manufacturer: Winegard Co

    Mfg Part #: PM-2000

    Tech Notes:

  • Weighs only 11 lbs.
  • Works with DISH Network and DirecTV
  • Not for use with DISH 500
  • Frequency: 10.95 to 12.75 GHz
  • Galvanized 18" dia. dish with 7-step thermoset powdercoat finish
  • Galvanized steel E-coated mount



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    Reviews


    Winegard Portable Digital Satellite Antenna: Customer Reviews

    Camper's Choice Rating

    (4 Based on 21 Reviews)

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    WINEGARD SATELLITE ANTENNA


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 15, 2011
    VERY EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND HOOKUP. WAS ABLE TO LEVEL AND FIND SATELLITE VERY QUICKLY.
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    Great unit and a piece of cake to assemble


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    October 19, 2010
    I have read the other reviews and found everything in the box (one washer, left over), assembly a piece of cake. Had it up and running in 30 minutes. I will recommend this to anyone who is interested. Seems that Winegard has paid attention to the comments.
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    great unit, but.....direct vs dish


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 16, 2010
    I have used this 2 seasons with direct TV and did not have any big problems with it. Takes a little to zero in on the satellite, but usually done in 10 minutes. Now my 3rd season I have Dish TV with HD and find the DISH is harder to find the signal. Also, DISH is not as user friendly through the receiver for finding the satellite. My problem could be in part due to the tree locations in my yard are not right for the dish satellites, but it seems like the DISH is more fussy on the azimuth and elevation settings and then adds different transponders that complicates things in finding a signal.
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    Could be better


    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
    April 03, 2010
    Forewarned by the other reviews of wrong/missing hardware, our unit had a 10-32 carriage screw instead of the 8-32 called for and 8 out of the 10 1/4 inch washers were 3/8 inch instead. Otherwise the parts were in good shape and the antenna is working as it should. I did substitute a machine screw for the carriage screw as I could not find any carriage screw that small at the ususal sources. Also replaced the 3/8 washers with correct 1/4 inch washers - they just fit better. Much better quality control is needed and a simple parts listing should be included (most reputable products provide this) so you can know whether all the parts are there before starting the assembly.
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    Great Unit


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
    March 06, 2010
    This unit is great. I have used it for two years now and have not had any issues with it. It is light, stores away easily and is easy to set up.
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    You get what you pay for.


    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
    January 25, 2010
    Works as I expected. Came with missing and incorrect bolts and nuts. A phone call to Wiengard customer service provided me with the correct hardware via priority mail. Some of the assembly instructions are a little vague.
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    Good Buy for the Price


    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
    November 21, 2008
    Bought the satellite from my local store. Brought it home and put it together without problems. Dish works great (we have Direct TV). The only problem is that you can't tighten the plastic knobs too tightly. I tightened one up, then gave it a little extra 'snuggie twist' and the plastic knob shattered. So, be careful. If you follow the instructions, it goes together easily. Well pleased with the product.
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    Dual LNB?


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 12, 2008
    They say it a a dual lnb so they should at least include an additonal 5 foot cable for the second connection. I hope it works with 2 receivers, which is why I bought it. Have not had a chance to test it yet.
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    Great dish ... set it up in your backyard 1st.


    19 out of 36 people found this review helpful.
    June 10, 2008
    I bought this despite some of the reviews that suggest it's difficult to find the 101 degree satellite and the compass is worthless (which it is). A few things I found useful: 1) start by setting it up where your home dish is located; with the north arrow on the frame pointing north; 2) the compass does work (even though I suggest getting another one, as this stock item is cheap), however, when placed in it's holder on the frame, it always points to the center of the dish. I placed the compass on the ground in front of the leg that points north; and 3) need to get the analog satellite signal finder that goes between the dish and receiver to be accurate. Otherwise, your looking for a needle in a hay stack; you can use your TV until you find the signal, but if your standing 50 feet away, this can be cumbersome. Once the initial setup is complete at home; your good to go on the road.
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    works great


    88 out of 173 people found this review helpful.
    February 15, 2008
    My advice is to follow the directions putting it together, But overall I recommend this satellite, its easy to sit up and is very easy to store when you are ready to go. I recommend and I would buy another one just like it if something happened to it. I have direct TV
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    Need some help


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    October 21, 2007
    We recently bought the satellite. We had Direct Tv come out to show us how to get signal. Now that we are using it in our RV cannot get signal. Do we use zip code of our home town or zip code of where we are camping. Getting very disappointed with product.
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    This dish is very easy to use


    196 out of 360 people found this review helpful.
    October 03, 2007
    It took me about 20 minutes to align it correctly the first time, now it takes me about 3! Great product for Trailer camping, also, the saltellite finder is a must, makes dish alignment a simple process.
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    paid too much


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 24, 2007
    You can purchase this same antenna at summitsourcedotcom for 72.95. Seems like a pretty big markup for a paid discount membership.
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    Nice product


    212 out of 382 people found this review helpful.
    September 19, 2007
    Some assy. required! Works great w/ additional products neded to set up. Purchased optional carry bag but still haven't figured out how it actually fits in it the way the picture shows.
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    Works Great, Very Economical


    351 out of 682 people found this review helpful.
    August 10, 2007
    Very easy to use with DirecTV and quite reliable. My record time in getting it set up and pointed is two minutes - average is about 5.
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    Great Dish


    394 out of 730 people found this review helpful.
    May 08, 2007
    This dish gives a great signal. I am a Direc TV user, a full time RV'r, and love this dish. It folds up flat for storage and is easy to set up. The assembly instructions are not real clear and it takes a little time to put together. While this dish comes with a compass it also needs a bubble level for setting up on an uneven surface, like the ground. I use wood shims for leveling, then watch the bubble level as I swing the dish looking for a signal. The elevation setting on the dish is not clear and appears to be the metal edge inside the elevation slot, where the wing nut is located, near the degree markings on the left side. A signal meter is helpful, but not necessary if you can hear the signal meter coming from Direc TV, during dish setup, on your television.
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    Portable dish


    462 out of 818 people found this review helpful.
    March 26, 2007
    I love this thing. The first one I purchased did not pick up the signal from the sattelites so I had to return it. The next one I got after I put it together and tried it in my back yard had a signal in under one minute. Since then we have used it camping and tailgating at football games. Every time I use it I get a signal fast. Even when I forget my compass. I would recommend this over any of the high priced ones you find. Works great, small, and convient.
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    Works as advertised.


    268 out of 460 people found this review helpful.
    August 12, 2006
    My first sat dish for camping was one I took off my house when we moved. I mounted it to a 2' x 2' piece of plywood. It worked, but was very bulky and hard to transport & store. A few months ago CW had this Wingard Portable on sale and my wife got it for me for Father's Day. It was pretty easy to assemble and it folds up nicely. I simply leave it on the bed in my travel trailer when not in use. Once at the campsite it sets up in in a minute or two with no tools. If you're familiar with sat dishes you know that it is hit & miss getting a fix. But, I usually find the signal using just a compass in just a few minutes. It also comes with tent style stakes to hold it in place.
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    Rainy Day


    177 out of 271 people found this review helpful.
    May 06, 2005
    The instructions to assemble this are a bit challenging. The illustrations are not helpful at all. Once together, it seems like it will serve it's purpose although I couldn't get it to work the first try without a compass. (See notes under satellite finder)
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    Very Nice


    58 out of 62 people found this review helpful.
    March 27, 2004
    I found it to be a nice Dish, easy to setup, little big. Hard to find someplace to store it. But i have set it up a few times and found it to be easy to use.
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    very easy setup


    79 out of 82 people found this review helpful.
    March 11, 2004
    I bought this satellite just after buying our first 5th wheel. Its very easy to setup and we were watching satellite tv in just a few minutes. I also bought the satellite finder. The only problem I found is that its hard to store after use, but well worth the money.
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    Q & A



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    I have Direct TV receiver C-41-500 will this work with this antenna or will I need to buy a new reciever?
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    does this work with DTV H-25 receiver (high-def)
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    will this antenna work with a Direct TV D12-300 receiver?
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    Will this work on Dish Network?
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    What are the dimensions required for storing the unit (I'm storage-space constrained)?
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    Will this work with the Dish hopper?
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    Will this work with Direct TV HD Receiver model H21-100?
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    Do you need a satellite finder with this?
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    will this work with any direct receiver?
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    Is it Direct TV compatible?
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    Will this dish work with Shaw Direct receivers?
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    We bought the winegard 300 but it does not work for 2 Dish DVR receivers. Will this antenna work (no HD) receiver what else do I need?
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    Does this work with High Definition Satellite?
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