Tailgater Antenna

The Tailgater® is an automatic portable satellite HD TV antenna that lets you watch HD TV wherever you are—in the parking lot of the big game, on a camping trip, or in your RV.

Compatible Receiver Models: 411, ViP® 211, 211k, 211z

Price: $350 standalone Tailgater Antenna only (if you already have a compatible receiver)
$499 antenna with ViP 211z receiver bundle (if you do not already have a compatible receiver)

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Features

  • Portable and lightweight
  • Automatically finds DISH satellites
  • Supports HD and SD programming
  • Connects to a single HD TV

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.5" H x 16" W x 16" D
  • Weight: 10 lbs.
  • Color: White
  • Automatically points to satellites 110°, 119° and 129°
  • Powered by DISH receiver, which requires 110VAC

Package Contents of Standalone Antenna

  • Tailgater Antenna
  • 50 feet RG6 coax cable
  • User’s Manual
  • Quick Reference Guide

Physical Setup

Hand-tighten the coaxial cable at the Tailgater Antenna and the back of the receiver. Position the Tailgater Antenna so that its handle faces north and the antenna has a clear, unobstructed view of the southern sky.

Most RVs already have an exterior portable satellite input that leads to the main cabinet for TV electronics (where the receiver will go). Simply connect your Tailgater to the exterior input (may be labeled as SAT in port, or Portable SAT in), connect your receiver to the internal electronic cabinet, and plug into your TV. Once you power on the TV and the HD receiver, the Portable/Mobile Antenna Setup Screen should display. If this does not happen, connect the coaxial cable directly from the Tailgater antenna to your HD receiver and unplug the receiver’s power cable for 60 seconds before reconnecting. It may take a few minutes for the Mobile Antenna Setup Screen to display.

Powering the Tailgater Antenna

The Tailgater Antenna draws power from the receiver through the coax cable. The receiver requires 110VAC power source. You will need a power inverter to power the Tailgater, receiver and TV from your vehicle's DC power supply (110VAC power outlet required). If your TV is rated greater than 100 watts, it may require direct connection to the vehicle battery. If you are watching TV from your vehicle for more than a few hours, periodically run your vehicle to maintain battery life. Starting your vehicle may temporarily shut off power and require re-setup of the Tailgater. For extended use, a portable power generator, power pack or alternative accessory battery is recommended.

Viewing Programming

The Tailgater Antenna will provide access to the channels available in your DISH programming package. Some channels, including international programming, RTN, local channels and Regional Sports Networks, are subject to availability based on your geographical location. Bluefield, WV; Lake Charles, LA; Columbia, MS; Springfield, MA; and Providence, RI markets will not be able to receive SD or HD local channels with a Tailgater.

Adding DVR Functionality

You can add DVR functionality, including the ability to record and pause live TV, by attaching your own USB external hard drive to the USB port on the back of the receiver. A one-time $40 service fee will apply. For more information on external hard drives, visit mydish.com/ehd.

Troubleshooting

See below for common issues when setting up your Tailgater. For more troubleshooting tips, please refer to your User’s Manual included with your product.

1. I don't see the mobile antenna setup screen on my TV

Possible CauseTroubleshooting
Receiver powered on before the Tailgater was properly connected.Make sure you follow the instructions correctly, connecting receiver power cord into an outlet as the last step.

Try pressing MENU 6-1-1 on the DISH remote and then select check switch test button.
Coax cable not connected properly between your receiver and the Tailgater Antenna.Connect the coaxial cable from the Tailgater Antenna directly to the DISH receiver, making sure both ends are securely hand-tightened.

Try pressing MENU 6-1-1 on the DISH remote and then select check switch test button.

2. Signal Loss / Messages 015, 151, 150

Possible CauseTroubleshooting
Obstructions to the Tailgater’s view of the southern sky, such as tree branches, severe rain, etc.Make sure nothing is blocking the Tailgater’s view of the southern sky, such as tree branches, severe rain, or other obstructions.

Elevating the Tailgater above eye level can help reduce the possibility of obstructions.
Coax cable not connected properly between your receiver and the Tailgater Antenna.Check that the coax cable between your receiver and the Tailgater is connected properly and hand-tightened.

Unplug the power cord of your receiver for 10 seconds and plug it back in. It may take up to 5 minutes for your receiver to power back on.

Verify you have selected a nationally broadcast channel (CNN, ESPN, etc.).

3. I can’t view certain programming or my local channels or regional sports networks / Messages 005, 013, 014

Possible CauseTroubleshooting
You may not be subscribed to the channels you are trying to view.Confirm that you subscribe to this channel by using mydish.com/mychannels.
Some channels, including international programming, RTN, local channels and Regional Sports Networks, are sometimes not available, depending on your location, based on federal regulations regarding designated market viewing areas.Confirm that you subscribe to this channel by using mydish.com/mychannels.

For local channels, an Over-The-Air antenna can be purchased for use with your receiver (accessories may be needed for the 211z receiver model).
Your receiver has been unplugged or not connected to signal for a significant period of time.Call 800-333-DISH (800-333-3474), select TECH and then mention you need technical support for your RV or Tailgater Antenna.