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Old 05-08-2010, 06:50 PM   #1
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Satellite MOD

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I did my first mod. I made a DirecTV satellite dish stand from PVC pipe. I found the plans on another RV website. I also downloaded a free program called SatCalc1.2. This program allows me, with a simple magnetic compass, to aim the dish at the satellite. At first I used the dish next to the door on the ground, but soon discovered that putting it up on the roof was even better. I had less stuff to get in the way of the satellite up there, and I didn't have to worry about it "walking away." I found aiming it to be quite simple and easy. It was great getting Fox News and the Weather Channel while RVing.
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I love it , I have to do it for sports scores , Kipper
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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RVrev2, I like the low profile!! How is it weighted down? We camped in March and one day the wind picked up and gusted at least 20-25+ mph at times. The sattelite dish/stand that came with our new tt fell once. Don came up with some way to anchor it for the duration of our stay.... but what about when your set-up is on the roof? Have you had to deal with gusting or high winds while parked? How do you anchor it down so it stays up there? Thanks
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I also downloaded a free program called SatCalc1.2. This program allows me, with a simple magnetic compass, to aim the dish at the satellite.
Do you have to be online to use it for the calculations?
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:08 PM   #5
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Howdy Healthi,
I haven't had to fight any winds yet. To anchor it down on the roof I have a couple of options. I could tie it down to the luggage rack on the roof, or I could fill it with water or sand, or I could use sand bags ontop of the legs.
In regards to the SatCalc1.2 program, you do not have to be online to get the calculations.
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hey guys,
The website address for the Satellite Dish Holder plans is http://bbrv.dreamstation.com/sat.html

The website to download the aiming programing (SatCalc1.2) is http://www.visionplus.us/satcalc.html

They worked great for me.
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