TracVision M3ST

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Want to enjoy the same high-quality satellite TV programming on the water that you enjoy at home, even when cruising as far as 100 to 200 miles offshore? Then KVH’s 14.5" TracVision M3ST is for you! Perfect for boats as small at 30 feet, the TracVision M3ST is the complete DIRECTV marine entertainment package for boaters on the go, whether you’re motoring along the coast or cruising offshore.1

This system brings you crystal-clear digital satellite TV entertainment and unsurpassed satellite acquisition and tracking in all sea conditions, plus the excitement of local channels, support for multiple DIRECTV satellites, and an integrated 12V mobile DIRECTV receiver/controller. Plus, you’ll never have to compromise on reception or quality because the TracVision M3ST offers the highest signal strength available along with KVH’s high-efficiency 14" diameter antenna and RingFire™ technology for reception and coverage previously only available in 18" diameter systems!

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Options & Accessories


01-0279-01 : TracVision M3 ST w/12V Mobile Standard Definition Receiver for DIRECTV w/RF Remote; Circular Dual-output LNB


01-0288-01 : Additional M1 or M3ST Mobile Standard Definition Receiver for DIRECTV w/RF Remote Control (Includes Splitter p/n 72-0177)


19-0335 : Replacement RF Remote for 12V Mobile Standard Definition Receiver for DIRECTV

72-0412 :
Master Receiver Selector (MRS) for DIRECTV or DISH Network


Small, simple, powerful...& everything you need for DIRECTV. For continental U.S. & 100-200 miles offshore only. For boats 30+ ft.
Satellite Coverage Regions 1
North America3
Compatible Satellite TV Services
DIRECTV - N. America2
Antenna Dish Diameter
37 cm (14.5")
Antenna Unit Diameter x Height/Weight
39.4 cm x 43.9 cm (15.5" x 17.3") /
8.2 kg (18 lbs)
Minimum EIRP4
50 dBW (Ku-band)
HDTV Compatible
(requires a compatible HD receiver, HD-ready television, and subscription)
Skew Control
LNB Options (polarization/output)
Circular Dual
Tracking Technology
Open water tracking
User Interface
Integrated 12V DIRECTV Mobile Receiver w/RF Remote Control
GyroTrac (Tuna Tower) Upgrade Available
Tri-Americas LNB Compatible
Elevation/Azimuth Range
+10° to +80°/Continuous
System Power
10-16 VDC
2.5 amps nominal
4 amps peak
(Consult price list for alternative cabling options)
1 Power/RF cable: RG6 15 m (50') (single cable)
Antenna Operating Temperature
-20°C to +65°C (-4°F to +149°F)
Antenna Survival Temperature
-35°C to +70°C (-31°F to +158°F)
2 Years Parts, 1 Year Labor
North American System Configuration KVH Part Number
Circular Dual (DIRECTV only): 01-0279-01
EMEA/Asia8, Brazil9 System Configuration KVH Part Number10
Latin American System Configuration KVH Part Number10
SKY Mexico System Configuration KVH Part Number10
Tri-Americas LNB Upgrade Kit Part Number10

1 For details, visit
2 Requires region-specific receiver and service.
3 N. America DIRECTV only; DIRECTV receiver included.
4 Please note that all circular Ka-/Ku-/Ka-band Minimum EIRP values are average approximate figures that may vary according to actual transponder frequency and location.
5 Single receiver system.
6 Some system configurations require additional RF cables
7 Unless subject to in-country regulations.
8 Some services in Asia require unique circular LNBs to work; contact KVH or your local dealer for more information.
9 Sky Brazil service.
10 Optional system configuration – contact KVH for details and pricing.
11 Limited coverage regions in Europe; visit for details
12 Tri-Americas Circular is a dual-band LNB for both DIRECTV L.A. and DIRECTV U.S. services.

Brochures & Datasheets

Document File Info
BROCHURE - Marine Satellite TV Selector PDF file 1.3 MB / 4 pg
BROCHURE - TracVision M1/M3 - For the U.S. market PDF file 5.3 MB / 2 pg

Additional Documents, Forms & Pricing


There are a number of common issues that may explain why your remote control does not operate the other component.

Proper component button not pressed
To operate the satellite TV system using the remote control, first press the remote controls SAT button. The remote control will not operate the receiver unless the SAT button is active. To operate a component other than the satellite receiver, first press the corresponding component button on the remote control. For example, to operate the TV monitor using the remote control, first press the TV button.

Remote control not programmed
If you are unable to operate a component with the remote control, first ensure that the associated component button (DVD,VCR,AUX, or TV) is selected on the remote control. If the correct button is selected, you need to program the remote control to operate the component. Refer to the "Programming the Remote Control to Operate Other Components" section of your TracVision User's Guide for complete details on this process.
Activating and using your TracVision M1 or M3ST satellite TV system works in much the same way as your home satellite TV service. First, you must have your 12V mobile DIRECTV receiver/controller activated. KVH can provide this service at no cost to you.

Have your antenna and receiver serial numbers ready when you contact KVH's Satellite Airtime and Product Activation Department via e-mail at or by phone at (888) 584-4163 or +1 (401) 847-3327. You then choose your selected DIRECTV programming package and contact DIRECTV with your billing information.

Empty domes are available should you wish to have a matching dome installation on your boat. Also, KVH's TracPhone domes are identical to their TracVision counterparts, enabling you to have a balanced, dual-dome installation that offers satellite TV and satellite communications. Click here to find a KVH dealer near you for information and pricing.
No. All TracVision antennas can support multiple video screens and multiple receivers so each TV screen can show a different channel.

Absolutely not! It couldn't be easier. Simply install the TracVision M1 or M3ST antenna and the deluxe 12V DIRECTV receiver, connect it to your television, and activate your DIRECTV service. Then just turn it on, use the remote to change the channels, and sit back and enjoy.

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  • Unsurpassed dynamic tracking with superior open water coverage as far as 100 to 200 miles offshore
  • Exclusive 12V mobile DIRECTV receiver/controller included and no additional accessories required. Just install and start enjoying satellite TV wherever you cruise!1
  • Access to 300+ channels of DIRECTV Ku-band programming – news, weather, sports, movies, and satellite radio music PLUS local channels and network programming
  • Fully automatic satellite acquisition
  • Ultra-quiet Whisper Drive™ motor technology for quiet operation anywhere on the boat
  • No cable wrap for uninterrupted entertainment
  • Single-cable installation enables easy installation
  • Supports automatic satellite switching from your remote control (a KVH exclusive) and multiple TVs and receivers so everyone onboard can enjoy the TV programs they want2
  • World-class warranty coverage and support

1 Television and satellite TV subscription not included.
2 Ku-band satellite services only. Coverage areas vary by antenna size. For complete region coverage capabilities, visit the TracVision Satellite Coverage page.

Featured Options

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    Take a look at KVH’s TracPhone Inmarsat FleetBroadband communications systems designed to match your TracVision while providing powerful broadband services.

Exclusive Technology

  • RingFire Technology
    KVH’s proprietary RingFire technology is a remarkable breakthrough in antenna design, fusing precisely shaped, tuned parabolic dish antennas with custom-designed, dual-mode feed tubes and uniquely modified LNBs. RingFire technology provides unmatched illumination of the reflector resulting in signal strengths comparable to competitors’ larger antennas. This means that with TracVision, you'll enjoy wider geographic coverage and better reception than with competing antennas, even in extreme weather.

Satellite Coverage

The following satellite footprint information is intended as a general reference only. The satellite maps do not guarantee coverage and may change without notice. Also be aware that various conditions may cause signal quality to degrade along fringe coverage areas.


TracVision M-series Testimonials

“When looking for the right TV system for my boat, I compared the TracVision M3ST to an Intellian system. It was close when I compared the features, but I trusted my dealer's recommendation for the KVH system because of their experience with the technology.”

- Alex Dergalis, Voorhees, NJ; owner of Sushi Bar

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