By Ben Ellison
King-Dome Stabilized TV
King Controls, a major manufacturer of satellite TV systems for RVs, has entered the marine market. The King-Dome will automatically identify and track DirectTV, Dish, and ExpressVU satellites and feed multiple channels to multiple sets below. Signals and power are passed by a single RG6 coax cable that runs from the 1'3"Hx2'4"D dome to the below-decks controller, easing installation. Although the $2,895 King-Dome contains a smaller antenna than its competitors, it can purportedly track horizontally at 90 degrees per second and correct for pitch and roll at 40 degrees per second, thus holding on to the satellite’s “sweet spot.” The company says the unit will never interrupt a program to perform a “cable unwrap,” but it is not yet capable of tuning in foreign satellite signals. King Controls anticipates expanding its Sea-King line, possibly to include international systems as well as economical “at anchor” stabilization.
King Controls Phone: (800) 982-9920. www.kingcontrols.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.