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Experimental Small Slimline3 Dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Matt9876, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Valve1138

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    I'm having a ton of trouble aligning my tailgate dish. SL3 on a Phase III. Last season it worked great, didn't take more than 5 minutes to set up. This season I can't get the 103 and 99 sats to light up at the same time no matter what the tilt is. I can get 101 nailed damn near perfect.

    Would adjusting the elevation help any?

    Right now I guess I could just leave the tilt bolt loose and we could tilt the whole thing back and forth depending on what channel we want to watch.
     
  2. TwoPhases

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    The reflector might have warped or your lnb might be toast. Have you tried another lnb?
     
  3. Valve1138

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    The reflector looks ok, but I'll double check.

    I'm on my 3rd LNB, they all do the exact same thing.

    I'm ready to try a different box, but the box works fine here at the house.
     
  4. Matt9876

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    If the elevation is too high or low it is hard to get 99 & 103 at the same time.

    Also a bent / warped reflector will cause sever problems with the HD signals.
     
  5. Valve1138

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    Ahh ok, I'll try to fiddle with the elevation tomorrow if I have time.

    I've looked at the reflector from all angles and it looks like it's fine.

    Worse case I'll stick with my on the fly tilt adjustments. :D

    Thanks guys :)
     
  6. Oct 2, 2011 #426 of 463
    Valve1138

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    Got the dish aligned quite well yesterday, all three sats locked in.

    Came back after the game and someone had stolen my generator. :mad:
     
  7. Oct 2, 2011 #427 of 463
    br408408

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    Sorry to hear that...an other POS thief....scum bag....can only hope what comes around goes around
     
  8. Oct 2, 2011 #428 of 463
    jmikestock

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    I have used the modified 1000.2 from Yellowstone to Bar Harbor, Maine without a hitch. Never got below the around 72% ON 99 OR 103.
     
  9. schneid

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    Any NEW ides?
     
  10. Aug 1, 2012 #430 of 463
    iceman2a

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    I have read thru this thread and I think I might try out this modification.
    I realize it's an old thread but has anyone done this lately?
    I wish now that I didn't throw away my phase III but they can still be had for short money.
    Hopefully I won't have to come back with any questions but I will report back my results!
     
  11. Aug 1, 2012 #431 of 463
    schneid

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    There are two of here who have been using them for well over a year.
     
  12. iceman2a

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    Finally finnished this MOD! I will test it at home this weekend then some cosmetic tweeks!
     
  13. schneid

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    I did my toughest shot yet this weekend using a SWM SL3, a Phase III mount, and a "Dish" 1000.2 reflector. Was camped in a giant redwood stand in Trinidad, CA. Found a small hole and got all three birds. 103 was down to 40% but had useable signal.
     
  14. Sep 2, 2012 #434 of 463
    schneid

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    I have been using a DirecTV Phase III Mast Assembly and Back-plate with a "Dish" 1000.2 Reflector as I started with the Phase III version of this mod. Recently picked up another 1000.2 put out for the trash and swapped in the Dish mast Assembly/Back-plate. Gained 10 points on the 99 and 103. Must be a small difference in geometry. Thought I's try as mikestock stayed with the all "Dish" route other than theDirecTV LNB.

    Picasa link to my setup.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/104481312076791094670/DirecTVSlimlineReplacement?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIKfkozFzbTnigE&feat=directlink
     
  15. Sep 3, 2012 #435 of 463
    sweep49

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    Used my SL3/Phase III setup for the third year this weekend at the Nascar race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Had mid 60's to high 70's signals on 99 and 103 conus birds and 90's on the 101. Decent usable signal for camping; enjoyed ESPN and Speed channels HD all weekend.
     
  16. Sep 3, 2012 #436 of 463
    schneid

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    Having used both, I'm convinced a "Dish" 1000.2 with an SL3 is the way to go.
     
  17. Sep 8, 2012 #437 of 463
    schneid

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  18. Sep 8, 2012 #438 of 463
    BennyGregg

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    Are Dish 1000.2's routinely discarded - like the DTv Phase III was phased out - or do you just have to get lucky to find one that has been discarded?
     
  19. Sep 8, 2012 #439 of 463
    schneid

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    I imagine so especially since the Slimlined sized Superdish is out there. Bigger is better at home.

    I got my dish on eBay and the mount off a Dish 1000, 22", put out for trash guys. i was even going to try the 1000 but it seemed a little flimsy for the road.
     
  20. Sep 9, 2012 #440 of 463
    BennyGregg

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    schneid, as you know when using the complete Phase III dish the location of the LNB has to change. When you added the 1000.2 reflector to the Phase III mast assembly, did you have to change the location of the LNB again?
     

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