Oyster Cytrac Satellite System – First Thoughts
We had our first Oyster Cytrac Satellite installation last week and so thought we would share our thoughts on this new piece of kit from Ten Haaft in Germany.
The Cytrac appears very similar in design to another of its Oyster stablemate products i.e. the Oyster Caro.
The Oyster build quality is evident with a weighty system comprising more metal and less plastic.
The system itself is low profile coming in at only 14cm and has a fairly minimal footprint on the roof making it suitable for most motorhomes around.
The Cytrac has 1016 interlinked single antennas arranged in a honeycomb pattern and this supposedly allows the Cytrac reception range to be several hundred kilometres larger than that of an equally-sized flat-dish antenna (Not parabolic) Oyster suggests the Cytrac is equivalent to a 70cm dish system for performance.
The rear of the dish has a support arm which is meant to be additional reinforcement in the event of high winds.
The system utilises the same installation methodology as other Oyster models with the system comprising of the head unit (the dish and motor assembly), cabling with Oyster using separate cables for power and signal, controller box and control panel.
The Control Panel appears to be the same as used in other Oyster systems as shown below:-
Installation was fairly standard with a nice clean isolated 12v supply run from the battery direct to the controller, ignition feed to allow the system to self stow in the event of the owner forgetting the system was up and driving away, and the cables coming down from the head unit.
Overall the Oyster Cytrac seems a well built piece of kit and certainly fits in smaller places than some equivalent type systems.
More information on the Oyster Cytrac Satellite System
Check out our short demo video of the Cytrac in action below.
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