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Cascade
07-14-2005, 10:13 AM
It's not often something simple comes along but when it does you can't help but think, "Why didn't I think of that?"
The T-Pod is an extraordinarily simple idea which is often ignored in favour of overly-complicated methods.

A major problem facing apartment dwelling prospective dishnuts whether they're FTAers or DishNetwork/DirecTV customers is dish placement and mounting.
The T-Pod addresses the problem in a remarkably simple yet effective way.

The usual setup would be either a tripod or a bucket filled with sand or cement with a pole sticking out the top, both these methods have their own pros and cons.
Instead of the usual dish-tripod Comatek have opted for a different design employing the use of a self-assembled flat base along with a standard J-pole which should be included with your dish.

The whole unit arrives in a 26"x3"x3" plain white box with an internal layer of protective cardboard.
The necessary screws, nuts and washers are also included along with 4 large rubber adhesive feet which aid stability on smooth surfaces.

http://s88310760.onlinehome.us/tpod/tp1.jpg

The main chassis of the T-Pod is constructed of 4 lightweight aluminum square tube sections fastened together with screws and wingnuts.
The aluminum sections are more than adequate in terms of strength and the assembly sheet needs only a quick glance after which the T-Pod will be fully assembled.

http://s88310760.onlinehome.us/tpod/tp2.jpg

Testing:

I have a few 18" dishes in my attic which are never used and have been gathering dust for months.
I saw no reason to disturb them which is why I opted for the Winegard 30" dish instead.
Strictly speaking the mount was designed with a regular 18" DishNetwork/DirecTV pan in mind so a 30" dish should give the T-Pod something to complain about.

Although the Winegard dish is a lot heavier as well as being larger than a regular 18" dish the T-Pod remained stable as a rock.
The lower center of gravity helped a lot with stability and the larger 30" parabola wasn't an issue - as long as you have a flat surface for the T-Pod to sit on it'll have no problem whatsoever.

http://s88310760.onlinehome.us/tpod/tp7.jpg

The T-Pod is primarily aimed at those who are unable to permanently attach a dish for various reasons, apartments, RV parks etc and in that respect it works very well.
Here in FTA-land it finds even more uses, it'll easily hold a larger 30" dish, it's very lightweight and portable.
One other point about a portable dish is that it makes aiming very easy, just turn the whole assembly round, adjust the dish elevation and you're set.

With a footprint of just over 2' square it opens up the world of consumer satellite and FTA to more people than before.

The T-Pod has been sitting at the bottom of my yard for the past 4 days aimed at AMC4, we've had a couple of windy days courtesy of the remnants of Dennis and it's remained steadfast.

No cement needed.

Thanks to Comazell of Dishstand.com (http://dishstand.com/default.cfm?RID=71&TID=1) for supplying the review sample.

Scott Greczkowski
07-14-2005, 10:15 AM
Excellent review. :)

I wish my property was flat so I could use something like that!

Iceberg
07-14-2005, 10:15 AM
nice review :)

this would work great at the lake house :)

W_Tracy_Parnell
07-14-2005, 10:33 AM
Another great review and interesting product-thanks!

CharredPC
07-14-2005, 11:26 AM
I wonder if it would support a SG2100 :D

Another great review. This looks like a serious must-have for RV users or campers.
Who knew you could easily bring The Tube to the wilderness?

PSB
07-14-2005, 11:46 AM
Nice one, have you tried it with an inverted dish? That would really be great for people who are looking to hide the dish. The low profile would be a big plus : )

Great idea......wish I had thought of it!

Cascade
07-14-2005, 11:50 AM
Nice one, have you tried it with an inverted dish? That would really be great for people who are looking to hide the dish. The low profile would be a big plus : )

Great idea......wish I had thought of it!

Like this?

http://dishstand.com/misc_images/tailgate01.jpg

PSB
07-14-2005, 01:46 PM
WOW! I LIKE IT : )

Thanks!

GOsatelliteRob
07-16-2005, 06:44 PM
That is awesome.. we have many inquiries about fta with people who live in a apartment.. I will look into carrying this on our site.. :)
Cheers
Rob
www.ftadirect.com (www.ftadirect.com)

greyskies
07-17-2005, 06:44 AM
That is awesome.. we have many inquiries about fta with people who live in a apartment.. I will look into carrying this on our site.. :)
Cheers
Rob
www.ftadirect.com (www.ftadirect.com)


;) Out of curiosity, maybe when you contact the manufacturer/distributor, you could open their eyes to a whole new market of potential customers, FTA Hobbyists, who would love to purchase a unit designed to support 30" and larger dishes, as well as a modification for using motors.

Just a thought!

Reigster at SatelliteGuys