Winegard Carryout GM-1518 Definition:
The Carryout, model GM-1518, by Winegard is a portable satellite antenna that automatically, robotically finds the proper satellite for receiving your chosen TV programming. As compared to a stationary, mounted satellite antenna that cannot move with you on your next outdoor trip, and as compared to a manual satellite antenna where hunting and searching during setup is a time-wasting annoyance, the Winegard Carryout GM-1518 is portable and automatic. Because these qualities are so advantageous to outdoor fun, we thought we’d delve further into the pluses of this satellite antenna model for the sake of readers, TV watchers, and outdoors lovers alike.
Outdoor Applications for a Portable, Automatic Satellite Antenna:
So many applications for a portable, automatic satellite antenna come to mind that it begins to make me want to start packing my outdoor fun equipment. Taking this satellite antenna (along with your TV monitor and satellite receiver) to everything from camping to sporting events will make your outdoor experience more fun, more relaxing, and of course more entertaining. Imagine watching the game in a clearing in the late afternoon after hunting, or watching the game at your next tailgating party or boating trip. Watch TV while camping, when picnicking beside your RV, while barbequing outside, at sports events and tournaments, or as an evening leisure activity at the rest stop after a trucker’s long day.
What’s In the Antenna’s Box & What the Antenna’s Optional Accessories are:
Consumers always want to know: well what’s actually “in the box”? In this case, the Carryout GM-1518’s box comes with: 1 automatic, portable satellite antenna (housed in a dome); 1 easy-grip handle; 1 50-foot, 12V power cable; 1 50-foot coax cable, and your product’s documents such as the instruction manual. Optional accessories (those that you can buy and add on later if you’d like) include: the TR-1518 Carryout Tripod, the GM-3000 Carryout Ladder Mount, the GM-1200 Power Converter (cord), the RP-GM35 Black Dome, and the RP-GM99 Realtree® Camouflage Dome.
The Carryout GM-1518’s Features:
Beneficial attributes of Winegard’s Carryout GM-1518 include: its portability and low weight creating convenience; its auto-search-and-satellite-find feature creating convenience; and its compatibility with the major satellite companies DISH Network, DIRECTV, and Bell TV creating convenience. (Did we happen to say convenience yet?) It’s easy-to-install, easy-to-carry handle makes portability effortless; it has an eyelet available for a lock for added security outside; it supports two receivers (two “coax out” ports); and it’s designed, built, and hand-tested in the USA.
The Carryout GM-1518’s Specs:
Weighing only 11 and a half pounds, this easy-carry satellite antenna is just over a foot high at 15-1/2 inches, and has a diameter of 20” (therefore 20” is both its width and its depth). Basically, the barbeque will be way more of a difficulty to move around and set up than this satellite antenna is.
The Carryout GM-1518’s Many Advantages:
Advantages to the Carryout GM-1518 begin mainly with its portability and how it automatically searches for and finds the appropriate satellites for your TV programming. When it first comes on it moves around and finds the limits of its range of motion. Versus a manual satellite antenna where the setup person must keep moving around and re-testing for a satellite signal, the Carryout is fully automatic in that it will then move around underneath the dome (you’ll hear it ticking and moving) until it automatically locates the appropriate satellite its been programmed to search for. The carryout is factory preset for DIRECTV, but can easily be changed to DISH Network or Bell TV with the flip of a few switches inside the dome. Its transponder signal statistics show how it establishes a high-strength signal for best performance, plus it will automatically toggle between satellites in order to find your channel. As Winegard says, there’s “no pointing or aiming, no special remote control, no user search, and no looking up zip codes.” The fact that the Winegard Carryout GM-1518 is portable is of particular interest to RVers and campers. Portability gives TV watchers the option to move away from trees and other signal obstructions, which is especially handy if you’ve just pulled up to a camping space or site that would normally block a hard-mounted, stationary satellite’s signal. Temporary mounting of the Carryout GM-1518 is also possible with the TR-1518 Tripod or the GM-3000 Ladder Mount, which is specifically made to “semi-permanently” mount to RV ladders.
If you’re high-definition-TV ready with a corresponding HD monitor, HD receiver, and HD programming package, then the Carryout GM-1518 is HD-ready for you too (with the exception of DIRECTV programming, which unfortunately does not support High-Definition TV on any dome antennas). Please note that, just like any satellite antenna, you must also have a satellite receiver from your TV programming provider or elsewhere to plug the Carryout’s coax cable into. The Winegard Carryout GM-1518 is compatible with a host of popular receiver models, and has two “coax out” ports, meaning that it can support two receivers. Quite advantageous also is the fact that the Carryout GM-1518 allows viewers to watch two different programs on two different TVs at the same time.
Portable Satellite Programming:
Those that are familiar already with the programming of DISH Network, DIRECTV, and Bell TV will be glad to note that Winegard’s Carryout GM-1518 searches for, locates, and toggles between DISH’s satellite 110, 119, and 129; between DIRECTV’s 101 and 119; and between Bell TV’s 82 and 91 satellites.
Winegard Carryout GM-1518 Product Conclusion
Basically, if you don’t want to mess around anymore with a fixed satellite on your RV that oftentimes seems to end up in a bad spot, and if you want to get beyond the setup frustration of a manual satellite, the Winegard Carryout GM-1518 is a smart purchase for you. If getting outdoors, whether you’re at a camping or sporting event, usually involves bringing along the TV for entertaining the adults and the kids alike, then save time and hassle with the purchase of a Winegard Carryout GM-1518 automatic and portable satellite antenna.
Check out this illustrative Video: Tailgate Challenge – Winegard Carryout versus Manual Dish