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WINEGARD CO 497
Enjoy satellite TV anywhere with a super compact portable antenna!
For portable satellite TV anywhere you go, the Winegard Carryout MP1 is an easy, low cost solution. Great for tailgating parties, RVing, camping, backyard BBQs, trucking, races, vacation homes, cabins and more. Unit is self contained in its fully enclosed case. The case has a twist off cap that provides an easy way to fill the top portion with water or sand for stability on windy days.

Setup is a breeze with the built in bubble level, compass and elevation markings. The satellite TV antenna also includes 25 foot of coax cable for optimal antenna placement and is stored in the base for easy stowing. Includes 25' coax cable to allow for optimal placement. Antenna fully encloses in a durable case (16 3/4"H x 10 1/4"W x 17"D). Single satellite antenna supports up to 2 receivers (sold separately). Compatible with DIRECTV (standard only), DISH Network and Bell TV (standard and HD). Easy grip handle for effortless carrying.

Here is a video on how to setup the MP1 Carryout Satellite Antenna

This item qualifies for Product Protection coverage! Protect Your Investment! Product Protection eliminates out-of-pocket expenses and protects against costly product repairs or replacement. We’ll cover 100% parts and labor for up to two years following the expiration of your manufacturer’s warranty. Warranty service is available at any Camping World location or at one of the 52,000 service centers across the U.S.



Technical Specs


Tech Specs

Weight: 11.1 lbs.

Dimensions:

  • Dimensions: 9.8" Height x 16.8" Width
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs

    Warranty: 2 Years Parts, 1 Year Labor Warranty

    Manufacturer: Winegard Co

    Mfg Part #: GM-MP1

    Tech Notes: In The Box:

  • Carryout GM-MP1 Manual Portable
  • Satellite Antenna with case
  • Azimuth Locking Knob
  • Bubble Level
  • 25' Coax Cable
  • Instruction Manual



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    Winegard Carryout MP1 Manual Portable Satellite TV Antenna: Customer Reviews

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    Reviewed by 67 customers

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    Works better than salesman described


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 29, 2014
    I was told by both the salesperson AND DirecTV that the MP1 would not support recording but I paired it with a DirecTV R16-300 DVR anyway hoping I could figure out how to make the DVR function as a recorder with the MP1 satellite dish. I got on the phone with DirecTV and a very knowledgeable tech rep talked me through hooking up TWO cables - WORKS GREAT! With the R16 receiver be sure to hook up your primary coax cable to input 1 even though it indicated that is for a SWM connection. It was very easy to set up and tune to the satellite once I moved the first cable from input 2 to input 1. (Hooking up a second coax to input 2 allowed for recording). For an extra $6 a month we now have a portable DirecTV system for the patio, tailgating or the RV. Highly Recommended!
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    Could use a better compass


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    February 01, 2014
    The MP1 supports two receivers and is compatible with DIRECTV and DISH networks in standard definition only. However, the MP1 is not compatible with receivers that operate on DIRECTV “SWM” technology only. Winegard mobile satellite TV antennas require multi-switch technology receivers. I don't remember seeing this caveat anywhere in the product description on the Camping World web site before ordering. A yellow warning sheet included with the product produced a sickening feeling in my gut when it arrived. I have a D11 receiver and the MP1 works with it. I have also seen where the MP1 was set up with a D12 receiver. To check if your receiver is SWM, look on the SAT input connector on the rear panel and see if the letters “SWM” appear above it. If so, you will need additional accessories for the MP1 to work with your receiver. If you're not sure if your receiver is compatible, call Winegard technical support for assistance. The information wasn't all that clear on their web site.I don't know if DISH has similar technical limitations. Second, there are many different styles of compasses out there. The one included with the MP1 is not very precise. It must be removed from its holder in order to orient the dish to the north and reinserted into its holder before attempting to set the azimuth. The compass is difficult to remove but reinserts easily. A better choice would be a baseplate type compass that is used for orienting topo maps. Otherwise, the concept and setup of the MP1 is excellent. I highly recommend it. The elevation locking tabs are exposed somewhat for travel, but other than that, after a few uses it will be very fast to set up and should provide reliable and durable service. 4 1/2 stars for the weak compass. I would make my own tripod stand if support other than the included rubber feet is needed.
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    really works


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    November 22, 2013
    I have a roof mount dish. But, sometimes you can't get a lock on a satellite. The Carryout solves the problem, It is light, stores easily, and is very easy to set up. For the price, it is a can't lose. You even have the option of using the built in splitter to power both inputs on my receiver. The only downside is you can't get HD, but my roof mount has the same limitation.
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    Instruction Corrections


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 17, 2013
    I got this in today and followed the instructions. Instructions said to set the satellite dish type on Round 18. I did and had no trouble getting satellite 101 signal. Only problem was I could not get local channels since they are on satellite 119. The Round 18 dish setting does not allow for receiving signals from 119. So, after phone calls to Winegard technicians and Direct TV and about three hours later I just decided to try the LNB satellite dish setting since it does pick up sat. 119. Lo and behold I had local channels as well as other channels. So, what I am saying, is that the instructions are quite vague in saying to choose the Round 18 satellite dish setting. You will not get local channels here. You must use the LNB setting on your dish setup menu (which is number two on the choices menu). Just thought I would pass this along to save some of you from some time.
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    Works with direct, problem with dish


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 07, 2013
    Direct was great, but I changed to dish and big problem. Three sat. to use, I cannot handle change for the programs and locals to different sats.
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    Wineguard carry out


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 01, 2013
    Be sure to READ and follow the setup for the wineguard portable satelite. Once you do that it is relatvely easy to turn and locate a signal. If you purchase this with the Dish receiver know that you need to have Dish program the receiver or know someone with Dish. We learned the difficult way, be prepared to pay extra for Dish to come out and set you up. Great little device.
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    MP1 Antenna


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    February 26, 2013
    This antenna is easliy set up. This unit can be used with up to 200' of cable which you can't do with an auto unit. On Direct TV you can patch the audio beep from the setup signal strength meter in your TV to external speakers of your CD player in your camper so you can hear the beep outside. Then you can find a great signal strength within seconds. It works every time. Remember you must always have a clear view to the sky. This unit is very compact but be careful with side elevation set screws because during packing they could be damaged. Excellent unit for camping, tailgating, etc. It only uses one cable. The auto units are nice but require one coax cable and one power cable. Then you are limited on distance.
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    Great Product


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    December 06, 2012
    I just purchased the Winegard Carryout and was a bit skeptical, especially after reading some of the issues others had in finding satellites with the unit. All that I can say, is they must not have known what they were doing or there was an obstical. I was amazed at how easily it was to find a satellite. I did not even need my satellite finder. All that I did was set the elevation and azimuth to what my reciever told me to. I sat a compass on the dish and rotated it until it was exactly the 166 degrees azimuth. When I went inside and looked at my TV, I had max single for that area, which was 55. I filled the base up with water, put it on top of the RV so that it was out of the way, and had a great weekend watching tv at our site.
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    portable satellite antenna


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    December 04, 2012
    Fairly easy to set up & use. Works great. Recommend getting the satellite signal meter. Makes aiming a lot easier. The more you use it, the less time setup takes.
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    Winegard portable satellite antenna


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    December 03, 2012
    I purchased this item mid July and had a chance to use it a few times this summer. I was really amazed by how simple it is to setup and how easy it was to find a satellite. I had had a portable antenna before but gave up trying to find the satellite. I'm very impressed and delighted with this item.
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    A Great Little Unit


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 26, 2012
    Purchased this about a year ago but did not get a receiver until a few months ago. It is very easy to set up. Especially on the tripod that was thrown in for free. It took me about 45 minutes to set up the first time. After that it takes more time to hook up the cable than to get the satellite connection. A good compass helps but the one with the unit has worked just fine. Bubble in the level disappears in extreme heat but it is really not needed. Last time I hooked it up I moved it to the right direction then elevated until I got a signal. This is so easy.
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    My Dish!!!


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 26, 2012
    I bought this a couple years ago for tailgating... Couldn't get it to work in the parking lot, but that was because we were behind a blind of trees duh!...Dug it out to go camping a couple weeks ago, set it on the ground, filled it with water, hooked up the meter, set it to the elevation, set it close to the azimuth, turned it a little and BINGO! Who needs an automatic antenna when it's this easy! The best part is that it's compact and durable. I just throw it in the pickup with all my other junk and nothing gets bent or broken. To heck with hi-def.. This is my dish from now on!
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    Compact and convenient


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 19, 2012
    This system is extremely easy to set up and nicely compact for traveling. Highly recommend this product!
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    excellent unit


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 06, 2012
    Good little dish for the price and works great just be sure to level the unit before you try to point it to the satellite you want, i suggest you purchase the tripod that is avilable on camping world web site also get a better compass cause the one that comes with the unit is not good or buy a signal meter .
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    Winegard Dish


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 05, 2012
    I purchased the MP! before an extended trailer trip. We live in the Southern California and are currently in the Detroit area. The dish works perfectly. We have Directv mobile plan. I've learned as the says to have the base as level as possible. With practice I can set up in 10 minutes. I get the best signal I can with a satelite finder, then use the satillite strength meters for fine tuning. I also recommend buying the base for the unit, I use a piece of plywood cut to the case size and with the supplied bungee and some sand bags have had no problems with wind. On a 1-10 scale, 9.885.
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    Great Space Saver


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 03, 2012
    We bought this as we r in a class b + with no spare room and didn't want to put another hole in the roof. Perfect size works super well..we just have a 17 tv so Hd no big deal. The key to this is to set it up at home first, get it level, point in same direction as ur home receiver and be patient. Once u get the signal put marks on the elevation and the compass. Then no matter where u go all u have to do is get it level and match ur marks. I have done it several times already and within five minutes I am watching tv and I am just a girl. Both the level and the compass worked fine for us. If u don't have any patience better buy the auto finder.
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    Nice Low Budget System


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 25, 2012
    I purchased this satellite system a few months ago and have used it a couple of times. Bought this unit due to the price and that it has a compatct storage case. Only use it when our campsite does not offer cable. The set up is fairly quick and easy. The reception is as good as my HD satellite at my home. This unit made sence because I knew I was only going to use it a few times per year and could not justiy spending several hundred $$ for the auto system. I would recommend that you purchase the satellite finder that camping world sells. I also purchased the tripod which keeps the satellite off of the ground, very handy. I would not hesitate to make the purchase again.
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    Can be a challenge


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 11, 2012
    First, this is the only receiver I have any experience with so I can't compare. Also, DISH is the only network I've dealt with so ditto there, too. With those facts in mind, when it is correctly set up it works just fine in my opinion. It can be a challenge to get it pointed in the right direction and I have spent several hours (all told) in several locations speaking w/ DISH personnel who have been incredibly helpful and patient. Kudos to DISH! I agree w/ those who suggest getting some type of bar level. I use an 8 inch w/ two bubbles. Works fine. The bubble disappeared in the one which came with it! The little compass works, but it wouldn't hurt to have a larger one w/ more increments cause you have to use it to sort of eyeball the direction you point the dish and that I believe causes most of the problems. The dish is small and needs a certain amount of precision in aiming it. Once you get a hit it's easier to fine tune the direction, but getting that first signal hit can be a bit time consuming. DISH actually has a signal tune in page on its menu so you can use it to fine tune and/or hook up one of the little screamer tuning gadgets at the dish. Like I said, when you do get it tuned in It's really quite good. One thing I hadn't counted on is the fact that DISH has all the local network stations (ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, etc.) on one satellite and all the entertainment channels (HGTV, FOOD, History, etc.) on another. If you tune in the latter, no local news or weather. If you tune in the former, no premium channels. You have to reset the dish to the other satellite to get the other programming. With the effort involved in finding any signal the first time, I've never moved it afterwards! The larger dishes receive two or three signals, but in a 24' C-class the MP1 meets the storage problem much better. So, 4 stars for its size and the fact that it works well after it's set up. Unfortunately, its size is what makes it hard to set up. It's a trade off.
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    Satellite Dish


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 22, 2012
    Works great if you aren't in a place surrounded by 100' pine trees. Had some problems getting a signal the first time but now that I know what I am doing I hope it goes smoother when I get out of these woods.
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    Satellite


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    May 08, 2012
    Setup was a breeze once I figured out I had to change the spcs of the dish (duh my fault). However, I'm not really that happy with the signal. It seems the minute any clouds come in or the least little bit of rain, it interferes with the signal, argh. Constantly outside trying to find signal.
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    Perfect little dish! Skip the Automatic one!


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    March 08, 2012
    This thing is great! It is very easy to setup when you have the *right* tool! I started out 2 days ago trying to set it up with my dish pointer software on the phone, but no signal meter. It turns out, that wasn't too smart. The phone only got me pointed in the right direction, but I was still marginally off to the point where it was just getting frustrating. I gave up after about a little over an hour and went inside defeated. I was thinking I was going to have to return this thing and shell out the extra $500 to get the automatic dish. Not wanting to give up so easily, I ordered the Triplett 3275 SatAlign 2. I had used one of the cheaper ones in the past and thought I'd pony up a little for a nicer one. Fast forward to this evening... I prealigned the dish inside to 39 degrees. I knew about where it needed to be pointed based on my work 2 nights prior, but that was all. I plugged in the cable from the receiver into the alignment tool and within 2 1/2 minutes I was fully locked in with a perfect signal. I went in the house and sure enough all of my readings were above 80. I couldn't have been a happier camper! :) Finally, to all of you ragging on the tools provided (level / compass), they work just fine! Make sure you slide them out of their holding spots to actually use them. I too the compass out and it worked perfectly for what I needed. Slide out the level and put it in the bottom of the case to see if it is level. It worked great. If you are on the fence between the automatic one and this one, buy the MP1. You won't be disappointed.
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    89% Easy To Use


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    November 10, 2011
    Nice little unit, but not worth 5 stars. Maybe 3.8 would be more accurate. I think this model was designed to have the end user take it back, and purchase the more expensive automatic models. If you do not have at least a little patience, don't buy this model. A couple of things to do for easier set up; Get your self a good compass, and a foot long level. The compass and leveling tool that come with the unit are pure junk. Actually worse than junk. Also purchase yourself a Satellight Finder meter. This meter will save you some set up time. Another purchase I would recommend are 4 of those rubber, wedge door stops for unit leveling purposes. I also added sand as added stabilizing weight, instead of water. Takes me about 10-15 minutes now to be up and running, watching my TV.
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    Works great on the road


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    October 31, 2011
    I had a dish on the roof or my travel trailer for years. Under trees I got no signal for my Direct TV. This unit works great once you get the hang of it. It can be set up 100 feet from the trailer and out from under the trees. Pay no attention to the level. Get a good Compass, the one that comes installed on the unit does not work there. Get a signal meter and have at it. I have used mine up and down the Delmarva Peninsula, in Pa. and in Florida.
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    Great Buy and Soooo Easy to Set-up


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 28, 2011
    Just got this little unit this week and it worked like a charm on the first try! I was very impressed with both the ease of use and the very affordable cost. I received a crystal clear picture all weekend long at my campsite. I just followed the included instructions and without any additional equipment or satellite finders, I was able to connect in about 5 mins. time. I just grabbed an extra Directv box off my spare TV in my office and used the tone to help zero-in on the satellite by manually moving the dish. Love it and would definitely recommend !!!
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    what a wreck


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 23, 2011
    bought it because of its small size for storage. It took me two afternoons 4 hours each to finally get it tuned in. I had to finally use an in line satellite finder and a download on my android to get it setup. Hopefully it will be a little easier the second time because if not i am going to step up a notch to a better system. We go allover and i don't want to spend all my time trying to find a satellite while everyone else is enjoying themselves.
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    great little unit


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 06, 2011
    Purchased the MP1 ,We have used it from Fla. to Utah and works great. The compass is not very good, so plan on buying one. I have the tripod unit to go with sat. The tripod legs could have been designed better for easier set up. I drilled holes out .010 and now work easier. I use a 1 gal. plastic milk bottle filled with water and hang it on the tripod for stability, it has never moved using this method. I have recommended to others.
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    Simple and Great Backup


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 05, 2011
    A lot of trees--pines--in NC. Coach Wineguard auto great when there's a shot, but not any use in trees. Portable works great. With an App called SatFinder, it took me about three minutes to set up first time. Worked great on all SW 64 Switch channels. Couldn't get more then around 30 on signal strength, but only get around 50 at home. Works great!
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    MP 1 portable antenna


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 16, 2011
    The MP1 is working great for us. We are on the road and using it in many places. It took me awhile to get where I could set it up but now it doesn't take long at all. As everyone says, read and follow the directions! Also learn to set it up at home! Also buy a satellite finder. I found one for $40.00 and it really helps. Make setting it up only minutes. We really like ours. It doesn't take up much room and easy to store and carry. Thanks KC
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    Carry out MP1


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 12, 2011
    As other buyers of this Satellite Antenna I too advise future buyers to practice setting it up at home before hitting the road. Once you get the setup principle worked out it is actually pretty easy but a good satellite finder meter is very helpful. The compasses provided with the system are worthless. Get decent replacements
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    MP1 Satellite Receiver


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 07, 2011
    We like it very much.
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    needs a little reinforcement


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 31, 2011
    Once you get the Antenna set up, the picture is great. The problem comes when there is a breeze - well, here the wind blows. We had a difficult time keeping the Antenna on the correct setting because of the wind. I will build a stand that will make it steadier, not use the water but attach the antenna part to the stand. Hopefully that will get rid of the problems we had on the first try.
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    MP1 Carryout


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 31, 2011
    The first setup took a while - I have never done this before. It looks like I am getting the hang of it and this should be a welcome addition to our RV experience. Especially since we will be in a remote area for a bit.
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    It works.


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 27, 2011
    Easy to store and set up. The problem I have with mine is the satellite service. Ordered Dish Network as it was quick and I was leaving to go out of town. In order to get full service from Dish Network the signal is sent from different sattelites therefore to get full service you may have to reaim to satellite carring the program you want to see. I ordered top 200 channels and had some missing then i tried upgrading to top 250 only to find more missing channels. It is my understanding that Direct TV carries almost all of their channels off of one satellite. The ones you will not get will be mostly relgious channels. You can still get them but must reaim dish. I am going to Direct TV asap. Most reviews show they appear to be better for this application.
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    Well worth it


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 01, 2011
    Bought this for our Class B RoadTrek because it takes so little spacein storage. Tried it at home first and took about 20 minutes to get a signal. At the last campground only took about 5 minutes to find the Dish Network satellite. The only drawbacks I can find is the elevation scale is a little hard to read and the compass is hard to use. I recommend a regular map compass instead amd I'm going to mark the elevation scale with white paint every 10 degrees. Oh, and the bubble level gave up in the heat at Phoenix. Even with these few drawbacks, the system works well. Sometimes I only get 25% to 30% signal but the tv reception is still great. I also have the Dish Network Pay-as-You-Go service which allows you to pay for only the months you need the service. A great idea. I would recommend both to fellow travelers.
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    neat little unit


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 25, 2011
    While i am not a complete electronics geek i have been around we just bought a manual mini dish by winegard watched a dish instaler try and set it up the first time ..... oh my did he ever stuggle with it later that day i took it out to our perminant campsite and set it up and got a great signal in about 20 mins one tip for everyone pull out the compass stand behind the unit hold the compass flat in the palm of your hand put the n on the red arrow and find your sat i have dish network followed the very detailed instructions for first time setup and bingo watching sat tv at my camper .tip 2 i could not get a signal through the sat hookup built into my camper added a new port to hook up dish cable and receiver thanks to camping world checkout person in rogers mn store for advising me as to the possible set backs of hooking up unit ata boy
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    Awesome


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    May 08, 2011
    This system is wonderful. I have never set up a Sat system and this past weekend I did it in less than 20 minutes. I know as I use this system I will become fast at setting this up. I used a sat finder device which was wonderful in finding the sat. Simply awesome!!!!!!
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    Very Happy


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    April 20, 2011
    I was bummed when I opened the box to find that mine had been used . There was felt marker on the elevation tabs, where you slide it up and down there were wear marks, and one buckle clasp had been broken.COME ON CAMPING WORLD! REALLY? I repaired the buckle and took it outside to see how it worked before calling to return it since our trip was only a couple days away. I have never set up a dish in my entire life. Once I understood what elevation and azimuth meant and how to determine it this was a piece of cake. The one thing you must do is make sure it is perfectly level. Then you simply just can't miss. I swapped my dual tuner into my rv and just had to tell my reciever it was a single during set up and it all worked great.
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    Easy to Use and Functions Great!!


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 19, 2011
    We bought this so we could get better TV reception at those campgrounds that don't offer cable. We had a spare Directv receiver and had it reactivated. You can use the receiver's set-up function to enter the zip code for the location you are visiting and it will display the azimuth and elevation to use with the MP1. Connect the TV and the MP1 to the receiver as outlined in the included intstructions, set the receiver to monitor satellite strength, and turn up the TV volume. Dial in the MP1 using the azimuth and elevation obtained from the receiver. You will hear the tone to let you know that you are centering up on the satellite. The louder and faster the tone, the better centered you are. Tighten everything down when you obtain the best signal. It's that easy. I would suggest filling the MP1 with water to make it a little heavier. That will help make it stable. I have a small table that I place it on and can use stakes and twine to secure it so it is firmly in place. If you follow the instructions that are provided with the MP1, you will find that you can have the MP1 set-up and a satellite dialed in in a very short amount of time (it took me about 10 minutes the first time and 2 - 3 minutes after that). It provides a good strong signal, usually around 85 - 87 for me. The MP1 is definitely worth the money for someone on a budget or for those who are not full-timers but want to enjoy their satellite TV while on the road. You really can't beat the price and ease of use. Plus, it folds down pretty small so it's not difficult to pack away when not in use.
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    Not with Dish Net


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    March 13, 2011
    I did as suggested and set it up at home first. Little difficult but worked excellent. At the RV I had trouble getting channels I wanted. So I called Dish Network. After a LOT being passed around the bottom line is you need to reset the dish many times to use the 32 different satellites Dish Network uses. Their Advanced Technician said I should on line and chat with other users to learn the TRICKS. I don't need tricks I need Direct TV!
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    Very Pleased


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    February 20, 2011
    Once you get down the basics of Satelites and how they work, this thing was very easy to set up. Played with it at home first. Would like it better if there was a better way to lock the azimuth.
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    I love it,Works GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    February 11, 2011
    This dish is great. Very simple to set up and use. The key thing is to read the instructions FIRST. To make it stable,use the ground screw and the double hook bungie cord. Place some grease on the center pivot bolt so it screws in and out easy. Once I read the instructions I had it set up and the sat. dialed in less than five minutes!!!!! If you are looking for a great portable sat. and dose not cost a arm and a leg THIS IS IT!!! Thanks for a good product!!!!!
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    Compact and works well in the wind


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    December 09, 2010
    I have used this dish now for about 3 months. Have been a full time RVer for a number of years and have used other dish setups in the past. This one is good except for a couple of items that could use improvement. There are three little feet on the bottom of this unit. The problem with this is that it makes it wobble, four feet, or no feet, would have been better. This is the first dish that I have used that required that it be level or very VERY close to it, probably based upon how small it is. The last item, and most frustrating for me, is that there is a long bolt that connects the 2 halves together when in use. That bolt locks down the azimuth. There a two problems with this bolt. The first is lining the bolt up through the hole to get to where it screws in at. The second is that it will cross thread very easily and then will not tighten. Getting that bolt installed is what takes the longest time for me, without the bolt setup is under 10 minutes. Overall the unit is good except for the wobble and that lock down bolt.
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    Dover, DE


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    December 06, 2010
    I just purchased a new travel trailer. For 6+years previously I had a camper with a dish on the roof for our Direct TV. More often than not, we parked under trees and the dish on top was worthless. With the new camper I purchase the MP1 and tripod. Once I realized what standard Direct TV meant; the old D100 receiver I was set. One must use it first as stated in other reviews and then, once a good strong signal in found then go to the the newer DVR receiver from Direct TV. I could not get a signal at all on the DVR initially. Now if I can just find someone to put the cable connections on the inside of the camper so we can close the door.
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    1st time was a breeze


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    November 28, 2010
    We went from taking it out of the box to watching tv in about 30 minutes. That was my first time ever setting up a satellite system. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a less expensive option than the automatic style satellite antennae.
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    Worked great even through severe weather


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    November 28, 2010
    I just purchased the MP1 as a cheap portable satellite dish for my travel trailer. Set up was easy, only took me about 5 minutes. The dish held a good signal, even through heavy wind and rain. I would strongly recommend this dish for a person that does not want to spend big dollars on an automatic dish.
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    Luv this system!


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    November 27, 2010
    This is an awesome system that is a breeze to be set up. I'm using it with direct tv and could not be happier with it. All you need to know is your elevation angle and azmuth and your all set. Less than 5 minutes set up time and never loses the signal
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    If you need it, Buy it.


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    November 03, 2010
    I bought this unit in August 2010 along with the stand for $250 (they went on sell just after that, of course). I am so glad I got it. It is easy to use and I never failed to get a signal. I have Direct TV and I use both connections as I have a DVR and it works great. Be sure to level the unit and get the right elevation then pan South to Southwest. You can't miss.
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    IT WORKS!


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    October 23, 2010
    After reading reviews I bought the unit and got the free tripod. First time I set it up in the backyard with a portable TV, Used the numbers from DirecTV site and had a 77% signal & 3 minutes later had it at 90%. Could not tell a difference in picture between % values. At first camp site set it up in 5 minutes with the outside coax connector, picked the wrong one the first time, swapped to 2nd coax connector and had 85% signal and sat down to enjoy the game. Bought several iPhone apps to help and they worked BUT the DirecTV web site and included compass (after pointing North and aligning dish) and the elevation gauge (slighlty hard to read) did just as well. The tripod worked. For our next trip in 2 weeks I have ordered a 100' cable (another web site) so hopefully we are good to go. Wish it were HD but for the price it does what I need it to do....SHOW ME THE GAME! Wife is happy too....she read reviews before purchasing and said are you sure you can set it up?.
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    Simple to Use


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    October 16, 2010
    After having trouble with my Goodsams Free Dish and Tripod (storage and hassle to set up), I sent off for the MP1. It arrived within 3 bus. days. As suggested I took it to the back yard at the house and used my own Direct TV bubble level and old scout sighting compass, leveled the free tripod, locked in MP1 base pulled up my DTV heading and elevation, dialed in the elevation and set the Satellite on the base, spun to the heading and locked in 87% signal, all in about 10 min. Also, checked my extra coax cables, 100' and 2- 50', with same signal power 87%. I'm sold on this easy to store and handle MP1 unit.
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    Love it


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    September 30, 2010
    We have a roof mount satellite dish on our RV, however, there are times we can't receive a signal due to trees, etc. Purchased the Carryout and used it for the first time Labor Day Weekend. Very easy to use and setup. I did it by myself would've been easier with 2 people but I managed just fine. I would certainly recommend this product.
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    Good, Simple to Use, Satellite Antenna


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    September 10, 2010
    This antenna needs to have the compass calibrated prior to trying to align to satellite signal so I only give it 4 stars. Once this is done, alignment was quick and easy. I added an additional 50' of coax cable and still got a good strong signal through my normal RV remote connection. My use of this antenna is as a alternative to my automatic rooftop dome antenna when we are parked in a area where signal is being blocked. I can move this antenna around to find a spot where signal is not being blocked. When not in use, it stores easily in a small place. I recommend this antenna.
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    faulty antenna


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    August 31, 2010
    The first one I bought was defective only half of the transponders got a signal. Now after traveling out of our way to get to the minn. store they exchanged it and I get a signal on all the transponders but only 71 % at the most I have tried everything including bypassing the camper jacks and running the cable directing to the direct tv receiver but with the same result
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    Easy item to set up


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    August 23, 2010
    Read the reviews and followed the info. given. The MP1 is worth the money for me. It is easy to set up (I bought the stand). I agree with the person that says the meter is not worth buying, I hooked it up and it never showed a signal even though the converter box was beeping and showing it was locked in. I hooked up my Direct TV DVR using both terminals on the dish. It worked great.
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    Recommend a test run at home first...


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 20, 2010
    First, read the majority of the reviews here, most were very helpful. Rather simple unit, and like anything else, the first time took quite a bit longer to get a signal, recommend you do the first run at home. Now it only takes 10 minutes to set up. Don't plan on using the compass and level that come with the unit, they remind me of cracker jacks toys. I just used an old boy scout compass and a bullet level. Remember if you are taking a converter box from your home system to change the antenna type (this was my oops). Save your money don't buy the satellite Heading Compass it is worse then the one that comes with the unit, only you pay extra for it. Shelled out $30.00 for the satellite signal meter that is sold here, save your money here too, I ended up taking the meter off an used the tone from the converter box, just turned fhe volume up on the TV.
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    Great Portable Antenna


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    August 11, 2010
    I had a signal in 15 Minutes. I used three machine bolts (as mentioned in an other review) to level the unit. The compass works just fine. I have Dish Network. You can go to their web site and pull up the 110 & 119 degree azimuth and elevation settings by zip code. I printed them off and keep them with the unit. I set it up for 119 and then easily found 110. I do recommend using a satellite finder. I just use my H D DVR from home. I am very pleased with the MP1!
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    Very satisfied User


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    July 26, 2010
    This is not my first portable satellite dish. First time out, we had a signal and reception within 10 minutes. We also experienced no reception difficulties in spite of some unfortunate weather. Having it on the ground also reduced the wind effect. Very satifsied.
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    Hopefully Helpful


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 26, 2010
    It took multiple attempts to acheive a signal with this unit. However, I was not informed by tech support that the compass was not calibrated when installed. After I removed and set compass azumeth came in quickly. Also, If not set up quickly in the heat the level bubble will heat up and dissapear. I had to put in fridge the cool it off to assure unit continued to be level. I am a jack of all trades and had no problems accept for lack of info in instructions. After initial set up, the rest was a breeze. Do initial set up at home not campsite.
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    Good Performer - Right out of the box!


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    July 20, 2010
    Bought the MP1 and accessory tripod yesterday, got it home, set it up, filled it with sand, and plopped it in my backyard about 22:00 last night. Found pointing AZI and ELE from the screen, didn't know if the AZI numbers were MAG or TRUE, so I split the diff ... set the ELE (not precisely). Set up antenna as ROUND, 18 inch, 72.5, Multi channel 2, scrolled to the on-screen signal strength meter ... and shazam ! 47% signal strength. Tweaked the aimpoint a little (up to 90~95%), and I was watching TV! BTW: on my older Direct TV receiver, SETUP included an AUTODETECT function. I didn't use it because I already selected my antenna in a previous step. I don't suggest using water in the mount (for stability) because - a) it may leak at altitude, b) may start growing something gross, c) could freeze and split a seam. If you can read a compass and a bubble level ... it sure beats the other options. I LIKE IT!
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    Nice unit.


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    June 11, 2010
    I bought this unit for my use while in the UP of Michigan. Like someone else said you have to have a little patients with it. I bought the tripod to go with it. Both units work very well with it. I use Dish Network only because you can get HD programming with them. Did get a different compass to use though. Azimuth is hard to read so you may need a magnifying glass..guess that's because I am older ..lol but you will like this little unit. You can go online and buy your own receiver for either Dish or Direct TV. Set mine up for month to month use. This way you are not paying for use when not camping. Camping World very helpful in showing how to do it the first time.
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    1st portable dish


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    June 05, 2010
    Used three machine bolts as leveling feet. It takes only a minute or two to level. Using an inclinometer/compass takes no time to set elevation and azimuth. From taking the dish out of storage to having a strong signal takes only five minutes or less! Very satisfied with this unit.
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    MP1 satellitte antenna


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    May 01, 2010
    I went on direct tv web site and got the elev and asthma for my zip code and went out and set up my MP1 and hit the satellite right out of the box with no further adjustments required. How ever you must go into the satelitte settings on the receiver and set it to 18" round 72.5, multi channel 2 and it will pop right in. I would recommend this small 9lb unit to anyone to travel with that has direct tv. Great quality pic on my Sony 22" high def LCD
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    Awesome


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 26, 2010
    Easy to use. Easy to get a picture (after the storm passed over). I am ordering the tripod for this today. I am not electronically literate so when I say this is easy to do....IT IS!!
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    MP 1


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 25, 2010
    Not an easy item to set up. Has good reception once it is though. Hard to acquire a signal even if you have the elevation and azimuth. Would not recommend to someone without good patience.
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    Awesome portability, easy setup for a manual dish


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    April 13, 2010
    If this is your fist time with a manual dish, practice at home and not at the campsite. I found out quickly how inadequate the supplied compass is. A quicker way of pointing the dish is to plan ahead of time. Go online to DirecTV site and using your future camp location, get the elevation and azimuth without the needing to use the receiver. Then get a good compass. I found that my smartphone compass app wasn't too shabby, and got me close. Elevation is the most important, because it's quite easy to "sweep" the azimuth. ***IMPORTANT - Use the bubble level! When level, pointing is cake. Testing at home took approx. 30 min to get a signal. At the campsite, I was up in about 15 minutes, which included filling base with water, putting on RV roof, leveling and positioning. Maximum signal I am able to get is about 85%, which is just fine. Turn on the receiver, if you're lucky you already have signal, if not, use signal meter on the receiver to dial it in.
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    Great portable satellite antenna


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 03, 2010
    this is a great little antenna - rugged construction - easy to set up - took less than 10 minutes to find a signal w/o a satellite finder - I will be using this antenna while we're at our summer cabin in the U.P. of Michigan - recommend an amplifier if you need to use more cable
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    WORKS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    April 02, 2010
    So very glad we purchased this product. We go camping at Cordell Hull Lake in Carthage, TN and have never been able to get a signal with our Winegard antenna and receiver. We recently changed to Direct TV and decided to purchase this product and it works great. WOW is all I can say!!!!!! It is light weight and very easy to store because of it's small size.
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    Portable Dishes


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    February 05, 2010
    I know DirecTV HD is a True HD, using more LNBs than Dish, but it sure would be great if someone developed this, or a Cube for DirecTV HD.
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    I plan to use my directv box from home with this, model hr22-100. We have HD at home, but I know that this sat dish is sd. Will my box work with this?
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    Does this antenna pick up satellites 110 and 119 at the same time?
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