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Reversed Monopoles

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by ndole, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Installation Verification is a test for the MINIMUM acceptable signal level. :nono2:
    If you're not dithering, you're definitely impacting your customers service level during rain fade (for Ka).

    BTW. The barrel is not supposed to be left at the end of the LNB arm. That's what tie wraps are for.
     
  2. wallfishman

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    amen who dont dither it takes 5 minutes then u know its done perfect. I know guys that dont and they always are the same ones that are jammed up on jobs trying to cut corners. I always take off those jumpers n barrels and use them for other stuff. like the little jumpers i use to go for wallplate to power inserter or at the grounblock.
     
  3. Tisby

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    Maybe I'm not making myself clear... I do dither, I also remove the LNB and put it right back. The LNB gets set the same way back in, it's not crazy off as the training videos proclaim it to be. I'll peak and dither with a standard LNB then place the SWM LNB in the arm. My signals are consistently 90-95+. I just see no point in adding an additional splice at the dish, I don't care where you put the thing, water will get in there one way or another...
     
  4. ndole

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    :rolleyes:
    There are certainly [Lots of] places that won't happen.
     
  5. Tisby

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    Depending how you read that post, it's the funniest thing I've read all day! :hurah:

    I should also point out that I've removed and reinstalled in the proper place every single foot bracket and monopole brace - so not cutting corners. Our FOM tried to show me that swapping the LNB was causing problems, but I had higher signal strength then him when we went head to head on it. The final answer was something along the lines of, "I don't want to know about it, just make sure it works and works reliably." I was kinda surprised that he knew how to peak a dish!
     
  6. ndole

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    I'm kinda surprised you didn't get fired. :lol:
     
  7. Tisby

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    Our office is mostly veteran techs with crazy-low repeat percentages. With right around 3.5 years, I'm still a noob in the office. We'll do as we're told until we can find a better way and we'll do it the better way until proven otherwise. The FOM was trying to prove otherwise and it didn't work. I believe DirecTV has developed a "There's no way we can get another group of techs to work in that hellhole, just let them be..." attitude.

    On a side note, I'm getting static about paying too much attention to the computer. I'm going to put some munchkins to bed and I'll wrap up any other replys in the morning. G'nite!
     
  8. wallfishman

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    Look no worries about the reversed monopoles freezing anymore. I just sent the DTV higher ups a suggestion about equipping all the service techs with cordless hairdryers and in between jobs they can ride around unfreezing them all. Its a win win for everybody. They said that idea alone will put me on the fast track to upper management. Then i told them another idea for warming up frozen monopoles , but they said they only allow shoving things up our @^% , not they other way around. so anyway ........
     
  9. joe diamond

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    Sorry...no hairdryers! Since the CEO sent everyone a GPS the trucks just don't have the battery capacity for another device. Then there is the cord thing....either power them from the van or use a forty mile extension cord. Those who drive more than forty miles need a second power cord and most offices don't have enough outlets anyway.

    How do the cable guys keep their monopoles from freezing anyhow?

    Joe
     
  10. RobertE

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    What to do, what to do...

    A new conundrum...

    Wall mount.
    Monopoles "correctly" assembled ie, female end on mast, male end on wall.

    New problem, if the short monopole is level or angled upward, the correct monopole is now going to fill with water just like the reversed one on roof mount.

    The fun never ends.

    At least it gives the DSTs something to do :lol:
     
  11. wallfishman

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    maybe 1/8 inch holes in the end of them so water can drain out either way u put it
     
  12. ndole

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    Gee thanks! :rolling:
     

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