Originally Posted by goducks
You won't be able to get Directv in HD with anything other than a Winegard Traveler or a stationary tri pod style HD dish. Any of the portable sats only give SD.
Dish HD can be had with most all portable sats. Why DTV isn't available in HD with the portables is beyond me.
You can get some portables that will give you DTV in SD. That's the easiest but more costly route. Apr $400+. You can get a stationary tripod setup for for $150+/-. You would need to take one of your home receivers with you regardless.
I'm in the same boat as we have DTV. I really want HD but it looks like I will have to settle for SD as I really don't want to deal with trying to locate 3 sats using a stationary sat. We've had DTV for 10+ years and really like it. I don't want to switch to Dish because I don't like the way you have to navigate thru their programming. Also I get the NFL package and that's not available with Dish.
I plan on just getting an SD DTV stationary sat dish. It's cheaper and I've had one in the past and it's pretty easy to acquire one sat as opposed to 3.
With the Slimline dish you just set the tilt (skew), preset the elevation, start your search at the correct azimuth. I usually have to raise the elevation a degree or so to fine tune, but I can find the satellite in seconds. You do not have to aim for 3 sats. You aim for 101 and if you set the skew properly the other two sats are good to go.
I don't have an expensive meter. I use the DirecTV receiver strength meter and a wireless baby monitor. Aim the camera at the signal strength screen and have the remote outside. The HR44 Genie has the audible tone back so I swing the dish until I hear the tone and then fine tune looking at the strength screen on the baby monitor. If you have an older receiver you can still look at the monitor.
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