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Dish Pointer for the iPhone

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Chris Blount, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. krkeeton

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    count me in
     
  2. dreadlk

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    Has anybody confirmed with a working dish that the software actually produces accurate results! I love the GUI but at the end of the day if I put a dish up that just clears the trees according to this app and find out that it does not clear the trees I would be really pissed. IOW if its not reasonably accurate then its going to be a frustration.
     
  3. caimakale

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    Count me in too!
     
  4. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Entries are now closed. I will announce the winner in the next hour or so.
     
  5. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    We have a winner!

    I decided to go with the low tech approach. I wrote everyone's name down, cut up the paper and placed all the names in a hat. The video shows who won.

    The video is nothing fancy. I used my iPhone. Very raw video but it does the trick. :)

    Congrats!

    Drawing Video in MP4 format
     
  6. dirtyblueshirt

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    Congrats!
     
  7. ndark

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    Awesome. Thanks guys.
     
  8. dreadlk

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    I did some reading on this over on the Satguys forum and it seems like the accuracy is in question. Thats kind of what I thought. IMO I doubt that the iphones Compass and tilt sensor are good enough for this to produce usable results. It may give you a nice general idea but I doubt that what you see in the Demo video is accurate, if the trees are that close I think you would be in for a let down if you decided that the info on your iphone was good enough to know that the dish will just clear that tree line
     
  9. dreadlk

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    So any further news, has someone used it yet?
     
  10. dreadlk

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    Got the 3GS and got Dishpointer.
    It's not bad, it's great for getting a fairly accurate idea of how the dish will clear buildings and structures but it's not 100% accurate, but good enough that if you get a clear margin between any blockages you know that your good to go, and if it shows that it's very close to the tree's etc you know that you should be looking for a new location.
     
  11. NickyB

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    Just saw an article on OSNews (sorry, I can't post the link but its on their front page) about how Allan is trying to get rid of competition. (DishLoc)

    What does everyone think, should this be allowed? It seems a little underhanded to me. Other then the basic idea (helping you locate and point your dish) the two apps seem quite different, other then DishLoc having more features and being less expensive.

    Nicky
     
  12. dreadlk

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    I like Dishloc, it looks pretty cool, I see no reason why there can't be many apps that do this kind of thing, all of them suffer from the same inaccuracys but at least they give you a rough idea where to install a Dish.
     
  13. tkrandall

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    I just loaded the Dishpointer iPhone app on my wife's new 3Gs, but it seem to place the Clarke belt low int the sky. It has the Clarke belt in the trees where I currently get signal for the last 8 years. I need to get up on the porch roof by the dish and check for sure.

    Has anyone else seen this phenomenon? i.e.l have they tried to correlate that the dishpointer shows to what a traditional inclinomenter would show?
     

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