Recommendations for a decent meter

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HI ALL!

The title says it all. I'm looking for a really good meter so I would really like your thoughts guys. The Horizon ones look great. :)
 

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Personally I'd never buy a Horizon. One of the important things is that it is field configurable. What's the budget?
 

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Roughly speaking, £150. What could I get for that. I've got a Satlink meter, but I want something that's more easy to use. :) Why do you not like the Horizon ones, Huevos? Must have a good reason!
 
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For your budget, I'd recommend something like an Emitor Satlook Lite.
Must admit, not a lover of Horizon meters either.
 

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Huevos? Must have a good reason!
Like I said above must be field configurable, and doesn't need a PC or laptop to be plugged in to it to update it. Don't buy a meter you can't configure yourself or that needs a file from the manufacturer.

I haven't ever used the Satlook Lite, but my main meter is an Emitor and on that basis, for your price range I would also recommend that meter.
 

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The Horizon meter I have been using for a couple of years now has fully adjustable parameters within the user menu
 

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CH, one thing I don't like is a meter that needs any parameters pre-entered. With the Emitor meters you put them on the spectrum peak and they tell you the frequency, SR, fec, etc. Having to know that info in advance doesn't make any sense to me.
 

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I've used different horizon meters for 8 years. They're easy to operate, lightweight and the batteries are pretty good.

The only downside is you've got to update the transponder presets through a PC. They are easy to update.

They've also got a figure of 8 mains socket and also a dc power socket, which makes it easy to charge from a mains or cigarette lighter power source. There's also a fast charge facility built is, so if you turn up to a customers house with a flat battery, 5 minutes of charging will easily get you out of trouble.

The more popular satellites barely ever need updating as they don't tend to change the tp parameters.

The terrestrial meters also work a treat.



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CH, one thing I don't like is a meter that needs any parameters pre-entered. With the Emitor meters you put them on the spectrum peak and they tell you the frequency, SR, fec, etc. Having to know that info in advance doesn't make any sense to me.

Well the Horizon does have presets based on the online / web updates, on a per satellite (actually it's on a per country) basis, but you can also enter manually (ooooerr! ), so it is the best of both worlds for a non display analyser.
 

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The sort of meter I would like is the type where you don't go online to get updates. The watch words are "easy to use". :)
 

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for the budget you have/ease of use an horizon hdsm usb is a good choice imo.. havent owned a satlook lite although ive had a satlook mk4/micro g2 and they are good meters although a little larger than the lite model.. online updates are easy and you can use the custom carrier mode to add any transponder, downside is its dvbs only. there are others like satlink/first strike ect. for general enthusiast use/friend/family jobs it will do a job fine. nothing beats a spectrum analyser as you just swing the dish to peak the spectrum and after a couple of hours you will know each bird by its signature
 
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The Emitor Micro is a good choice for a little more pound notes. The NIT readout has never failed me onsite.
 

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Well the Horizon does have presets based on the online / web updates, on a per satellite (actually it's on a per country) basis, but you can also enter manually (ooooerr! ), so it is the best of both worlds for a non display analyser.
CH, that's exactly what I mean. With the Emitor meters you just switch them on and they are ready to go. They don't need any transponder data (whether from the manufacturer or not).

Anyway, all subjective. Bottom line is you like your kit and it helps you get the job done.
 

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I had a look at the Emitor online, it seems to be quite a decent meter. :)
 

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Looks like a good little meter.
 

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Yes, it looks easy to use which is what I really need. Cheaper than buying from the UK, too :)
 

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I like my First Strike 1 meter too.
 

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These last few days I have been looking at different meters. Anybody heard of a Satcatcher Setsat? They look good but I'm not sure of performance or how easy they are to operate.
 

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Since mine was nicked, I am on a lookout for a new one as well...
 
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