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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Jodean, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Jodean

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    Yes the dish comes down before moving, obviously.

    The owner wanted to cut the tubing with a tubing cutter later, all i had was a sawzall, he plans on cutting it 2" above the deck height.

    He actually crawls up on the cooler, then on the grabl rails to get to the dish. I recommended adding some RV style ladders but i he seemed fine with his way. I grabbed a simple signal meter for him, and he aimed it 85% within 2 minutes first time. Also another reason for legacy lnb.

    The dvr idea was mainly so he could record all night (or day) while parked for 8 hours and watch it later, or as stated not even have to setup a dish for a short stay.

    The customer absolutely said he didnt want a tripod or auto aim carry out dish. He said it would disappear during the first nights sleep. I dont doubt that one bit. Again, people chiming in about stuff they dont know anything about.....
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Oops, you did destroy too much ground for speculation, man !
     
  3. MysteryMan

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    The 18" round dishes are the antenna for the QualComm system companies use to keep track of and communicate with their drivers.
     
  4. David MacLeod

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    so you've passed state inspection certification tests as I have?
     
  5. admdata

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    That is true and most people like to pause tv, didn't give it much thought about the RV thing though. You are right
     
  6. admdata

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    Not sure about that, here is a photo of a qualcomm dish that is in current use with the semi's. This photo is from the qualcomm website
     

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  7. MysteryMan

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    Semi's have air suspension systems but the ride isn't all that smooth. At the end of the day you know you were driving a truck. ;)
     
  8. MysteryMan

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    Then what 18" dish were you talking about?
     
  9. cabletech

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    >>Mysteryman--I do belive that you are seeing a differant dish, the QualComm system
    use a small 6-8 inch dome that feeds a small computor in the cab, I have also installed these. I see, install and service about 10 semi's a month all with the 18" standard dish and the drivers all remove them from the mounts while moving. On Monday I installed a roof mounted auto trak on two rigs with new HD recievers.

    Back in the late 70's early 80's I also owned and drove a semi and the unloaded federal height of the rig is 12 feet with a max of 13ft 6 in load height, the hyway system set 14ft min height for all over pass's to allow for small clearance's on the loads.

    AS for jodean--come on people, give the guy a brake--you have to remember that he is certifyed as a building inspector, an electrical inspecter, a commerical vehicle inspecter and QC tech for both SAT service's and it is probley easyer to name what he can not do.

    As for this truck install, I personally would have done a differant type mast, pipe arrangement and ran the cable a little differant, BUT you also try to do what the customer wants.
     
  10. admdata

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    It was on the back of a semi, it was a 18" round directv dish, bolted to the back of the cab.
     
  11. Doug Brott

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    I'm pretty sure that any time anyone uses "round" or "18-inch round" dish they are referring to this:

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  12. MysteryMan

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    I know that now. Before investing in income properties full time I drove over the road a few years.The QualComm dish was mounted the way admdata described in post #18. He clarified what he was describing in post #30. :)
     
  13. MikeW

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    Not really understanding why it's open season on this guy every time he posts. Seems like he can do no right. It was easy for me to assume this was going to be removed before the truck was in motion...The customer gets HD in his truck and he's happy...
     
  14. TwoPhases

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    I reviewed his previous posts in various different threads. I fully understand why it's "open season". :lol:
     
  15. Drucifer

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    Thinking the same. But would have had some type of folding mast.
     
  16. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Nope, that is Phase III type !

    Did you compare a price for it ? $1,548, ugh ...
     
  17. James Long

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    The linked antenna is not "Phase III" ...
    Ku Satellite unit acquires: 101, 110, 119
    Ka Satellite unit acquires: 99, 103


    The price is outside of my budget, but then the truck is outside of my budget as well. For someone who lived in a truck they owned (or an RV) and moved around a lot the price would be more acceptable.
     
  18. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    It is "Phase III" on second picture (what I re-posted ) - just compare first picture's LNBF and on second, what is folded in his post ...

    As to the price (ugh !) - this is an antenna - it's not a TV itself , but just one part of the habit ...
     
  19. James Long

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    As stated, "The linked antenna is not "Phase III" ..."

    (Due to referrer issues the images from that site do not appear here unless one visits their site to load them. The linked PRODUCT, for which you stated a price, is a Slimline.)
     

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