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Old 06-04-2012, 07:25 AM   #1
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Dish Network HD Dish / Tripod Setup

This is a question for those of you that use a HD Satellite Dish on a tripod.

We have Dish Network HD dish that has 3 lmb's.

What do you use to use to aim the dish and locate the Satellite's?

Looking for tips, tricks and feedback to make setup and aiming as painless as possible!!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Dish/ Direct Tv Set Up

After much cussing, discussing on setting up HD, I bought a Bird Dog Meter on line. I can set up dish in about 10 minutes or less, No more hassle or having the wife holler out the door the picture just left the TV. I spent $200.00 on the meter worth every penny. You will become the best buddy in the camp ground!

Other than the meter, or a good signal meter and compass, will work but takes a lot of time and very frustrating!
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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I used a Satelitte Finder meter that looks similar to this that connects in-line close to the SAT DISK side and has a gain adjustment on it. You crank down the gain untill you just barely hear a noise. Then move your DISH to the area in the southern skies where you think the satellite should be located and when the dish picks it up it will start giving off a louder tone. Keep turning the gain of the meter down and keep peaking on the louder tone until you pin point the maximum signal.

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I think I got my satellite finder from Wingard $30

After I have found the strongest signal I usually remove my meter but it probably isnt necessary to do it.

There is one drawback I found with using this method is you cannot tell the difference between the DirecTV signal and the DISH signal so when you go the TV to see what you have you may be looking at the wrong satelitte. I thing I remember the DISH network is centered south of CALIF and the DirecTV signal is centered south of TEXAS...

I dont use SAT TV anymore in the RV since high def NATL BROADCAST digital television is available just about everywhere we go. If we really want to watch something from the CABLE TV side when camping off the power grid we use our laptop and watch it on-line.

I had great reception when I went to the tri-pod setup. I originally was setup on the RV Trailer but since you always want to setup under the shade trees you ended up blocking your SAT signal.

Having a multi-mode head like you have is great. Run one head output cable to the SAT RCVR setup in the bedroom and the other cable output to the living room SAT RCVR setup. Then run the third dish output cable to the pass-thru storage area and watch TV sitting out around the bon-fire.

I never had any luck whatsoever trying to use the SAT CONNECTION on the trailer. I always ran my SAT CABLES into the trailer and connected directly to the SAT RCVR. Then I would run VIDEO OUTPUT cable from the SAT RCVR to the VID 1 input on my TV set. Now I can swicth between SAT TV and CABLE TV with my remote.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:42 AM   #4
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Do yourself a favor buy a Winegard Carryout automatic dish for $600.00. I tried the tripod with 3 LNBs & it is near impossible to set up even with the best meter. The Carryout is all automatic & makes life so much easier.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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Dish pointer iPhone app works well to find the sat and then you can fine tune it. It shows if you have line of site as well as azimuth and altitude.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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Dish pointer iPhone app works well to find the sat and then you can fine tune it. It shows if you have line of site as well as azimuth and altitude.
X2 this app helped me with the line of site when trees and such are close.
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Dish pointer iPhone app works well to find the sat and then you can fine tune it. It shows if you have line of site as well as azimuth and altitude.
Guess I need to see about getting a iphone!!!
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:21 PM   #8
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My setup

I have a HD 3LNB Directv dish. I bought a mounting pole (The same one that is used to mount on the roof) and took 2 pieces of plywood, mounted it to the wood and the wood to the top of my ladder. You cannot see it from the inside of the RV. I climb the ladder (A frame, not the attached ladder), place the dish on the pole (It is vertical, when the RV is level) and just swing the dish until I get the signal. I set the azimuth the first time out, now I just swing 'till I get good signal strength on the screen. 5 minutes, max. Secure in the wind, also.
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I get the elevation and azimuth from this site:

http://www.dishpointer.com/

I bought a tripod from this company:

http://www.tv4rv.com/sunshop/

You aim the tripod with a compass which is included. The nice feature of the tripod is the legs adjust using the provided level bubble. That allows the tripod to be exactly vertical. Then set the dish elevation. Then set the dish on the tripod and fine tune. It took about five minutes. The picture reception was perfect.
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The best satellite dish mount I ever tried was the Bullseye RV dish mount.

http://www.rvdishmount.com/bullseye.html

Unfortunately, it is no longer being made. If you see one for sale on eBay or Craigslist, snag it.

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