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Old 11-22-2011, 05:53 AM   #11
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I vote for DiskPointer as well, but the Pro version for my smart phone. It allows you to find those holes in the trees so you know exactly where to put your dish. A roof mounted automatic dish unit will still have to be positioned where it has a hole to see through. Without correct positioning under the hole and automatic unit will never lock on.
I also strongly suggest you use your exact lat/lon when "looking" for the sat. I used DirecTV's receiver system to get the correct azmuth/elevation/skew using the zip code one time and it turned out it was a few degrees off from the correct numbers from when I used lat/lon. DiskPointerPro will give you your lat/lon as well.
One final suggestion, make sure your dish mount is absolutely vertical. There is where I spend most of my set up time - get that sucker vertical and finding the sat is easy.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:36 AM   #12
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The guy helping/showing me how to do it kept saying Direct is sooo much easier to get a satelite lock. I guess two or three eyes are harder to sight in than one. He said with Direct you just have to get close and with Dish you have to be almost perfect.
DirecTV uses a KU band signal for SD signals; these are on a satellite at 101W. The KU band signals are wider, and slightly easier to get a signal from. The HD signals are on satellites at 99W or 103W and use a KA band; the KA band signals are more narrow than KU band and thus somewhat harder to aim at.

Regardless of KA band or KU band, I can tell you that whoever said that you "just have to get close" with DirecTV is incorrect.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:22 PM   #13
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I have a tripod from www.tv4rv.com and a DirecTV Slimline dish with a SWM LNB for not only HD but DirecTV's Whole Home system. The SWM LNB gives me a single coax coming into my 5'er and I can split it between two DVR's.

I use DishPointerPro on my smart phone to select the spot for the dish. With this tripod I have set up my dish and had a 95% signal first try. At most I am off about 2 degrees and an easy tweak.

All you have to do is set the elevation and skew properly on the dish and then aim to Sat 101. I have never had any problem since if you have the tilt and skew set correct Sat 99 and 103 are already received.

I can set my dish up and aim it in less time than it takes to get it out of the basement.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:01 AM   #14
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I use http://www.visionplus.us/satcalc.html to get me close. It's a free download. U can use zip code or coordinates to find azimuth/elevation settings. I start with compass to get me into ballpark then switch to meter. I use my cell phone for internet.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:49 AM   #15
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Wow! I never had a difficult time setting up dish when we were RVing full time. Used a compass. All the settings came up on the TV screen. We used a head set for communications. The same headset we used when we backed the rig. Made minor adjustments and all was fine. I have used the signal strength meters. They work well also.

I had heard that Direct TV required a telephone line. Dish does not. We don't have a land line in our home. Cell phone only. Land lines cost way too much in very rural areas like Wyoming.

I recently looked at satellite antennas for our new TT. Thinking about a standard mount 500 Dish and making my own portable stand.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:25 AM   #16
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Direct TV don't require phone line, I don't have a phone line to mine. I believe phone line is only needed to order movies. Never had problems setting mine up. Gets easier the more u do it.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:03 PM   #17
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Regarding dish aiming with Direct TV, save time and frustration and go on E Bay and buy a " Bird Dog Meter" I bought mine for about two hundred dollars, I know alot of money, but if you move alot, or have a 3 LNB Dish for HD TV set up can be a real pain,and the meter makes it simple. I have gotten a signal in trees, with just the smallest opening using the meter. of course nothing beats the auto dish, like TracVision.

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One correction re Direct TV

It seems if your receiver has not ben on in a long ( TBD) how long you need to reactivate it over the phone. No problem doing it on a cell phone except getting the 800 number. They have litterly hundreds of 800 numbers but the support one took a few tries to get.
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Direct TV don't require phone line, I don't have a phone line to mine. I believe phone line is only needed to order movies. Never had problems setting mine up. Gets easier the more u do it.
It's been a while since I had DISH or Direct but I believe you're correct. The phone line was required if you wanted to order movies via the menus. However, that did not preclude you from calling their 1-800 # to order movies sans the phone line.
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It's been a while since I had DISH or Direct but I believe you're correct. The phone line was required if you wanted to order movies via the menus. However, that did not preclude you from calling their 1-800 # to order movies sans the phone line.
You are correct there. Phone line only needed to order thru on screen menu. You can also order movies useing smart phone.
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