By Ben Ellison
SeaTel ‘04 Series TV System
SeaTel has introduced a slick touchscreen control/display as an option on its new ‘04 series of stabilized TV antennas. The satellite in use, signal strength, antenna position, and more are all shown graphically, while a tiny live TV window lets you see how well a channel is actually being received. Multiple displays can be networked, and an operator can use any unit to switch source satellites or otherwise manage the system. Perhaps best of all, the display can call up extensive electronic and mechanical diagnostics, which can even be sent to a technician ashore via a network communications link. The ‘04 series—which comes in 30-, 40-, and 50-inch dome sizes—is said to deliver greater range and higher performance with fewer moving parts. New brushless D.C. motors reportedly respond instantly and noiselessly to vessel motion. Systems start at $14,695, with the touchscreen option at $3,295.
SeaTel Phone: (888) 798-7979. www.seatel.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.