Join us at the 2018 Marine Conference and Expo!

When you say you’re an expert, you better be able to prove it. I’ve told you before about Signal Connect, the commercial arm of Solid Signal. At Signal Connect you’ll find experts ready to help with even the thorniest and most complex installations. And let’s face it, there are few installations thornier than high-end yachts.

Why is marine satellite TV so hard?

Marine satellite TV should be science fiction. You’re trying to point a dish at at least five targets all 22,000 miles away, and pinpoint accuracy is crucial. You need to do this from a boat that moves not only side to side and up and down, but tilts and bobs as well. The beams coming from the satellite are designed to be strong onshore, but get weaker offshore very quickly. Frankly, it seems impossible but today’s technology makes it happen.

That’s only step one of the problem, though. Once you have a satellite signal, you need to distribute it all over the ship. You need to route through winding conduits, over distances far greater than most homes. And everything you do must be very careful, very perfect, because AT&T doesn’t dispatch technicians ten miles offshore. It has to work, period.

Assuming all of that actually works as specified, you need to then make the folks at the satellite TV company understand you’re on a yacht. That can be pretty hard if you’re just trying to work through the regular channels. Just getting to the right person can be a challenge.

Enter Signal Connect

Signal Connect has over a decade of experience making marine satellite happen. As the nation’s largest activation specialists, they find ways to make your satellite dreams come true. The wizards in our team have ways of getting you the programming you need without a long wait on hold. So much so, that our team was asked to speak at last year’s NMEA/RTCM Conference and Expo. The National Marine Electronics Association is the premier organization for all forms of marine technology, and they wanted the #1 experts to be there to talk about satellite TV. So naturally, they called us.

Shooting for the repeat

At the end of our seminar, the audience stood up and applauded. It’s no surprise, then, that our team was asked back for a second straight year. So, if you happen to be in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida between September 25 and 28, you might want to check the NMEA show out at the PGA National Resort. I’m sure you’ll find all sorts of interesting tech for your vessel, and of course you’ll find our team there too.

Commitment to the industry

Giving a free seminar on the challenges of marine satellite television is just one way Signal Connect, and the entire Signal Group, gives to the tech industry. We are the #1 source for tech support and installation assistance across all of the satellite world and we’re proud to give away our knowledge for free. It’s part of what we do, making sure that commercial installers and excited DIYers have the resources they need to make satellite dreams come true.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.