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Setting up slimline at Deer Camp. Possible?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by kingstonlake, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. kingstonlake

    kingstonlake New Member

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    My apologies in advance if this is redundant.

    I would like to take my dish up to deer camp. We got 20 guys and Michigans U.P. does not get the dumb converter signal. Anywhoooo

    I have a slimline dish installed at my home last year. My HD receiver is an H23-600, my Standard def receiver is a D12-500. The TV up north is standard def, can i just bring up the D12, or do I have to bring up the H23? I plan on mounting the dish on a 20-30ft antenna tower because of the large number of hardwoods at the cabin. Is this do-able? Or am I wasting my time?

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! A quick call to Directv said I can't because of the dish having the 3 style bulbs (whatever that is) I'm suspicious of her claim!
     
  2. davring

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    You can take your tuner with you, it would be easier to tune the dish for the D12. You would only need to find the 101 sat which is quite easy. Find any old 18" round dish, cheap on eBay, etc. Have fun.
     
  3. kingstonlake

    kingstonlake New Member

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    Awesome thanks. Does the HD receiver automatically search for the HD sat? Is this why its best to just use the D12 receiver? If I'm not able to grab an old 18" round would the slimline work?
     
  4. davring

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    I would find the 18" dish as the Slimline is much heavier and harder to handle, especially up a 20 foot mast. The D12 will work fine with the 18" dish, SD only though.
     
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    If you are currently on an SWM LNB, then I would recommend the same for your cabin, it's much easier not having to change the satellite setup back and forth.

    Other than that, I also agree an 18" round dish is easier to install and align, and would server the purpose for SD (almost all of the SD programming is on the 101 satellite).

    Any current model receiver (SD or HD) can be set in the satellite setup with regard to what satellites it looks for. If all you want is SD, you could also take the HD unit and do the sat setup for only the 101 satellite, but why? Just use the D12.
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The idea behind using a single slot is that the exposure to the satellite slot only needs to be about the size of the dish. If you go for more slots, you end up needing a window larger (but not a lot) than the dish.

    The HD slots are a lot less tolerant of interference than the 101W slot.
     
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    You will never be able to aim a slimline on a 20 or 30' antenna tower. Even the slightest breeze will cause the picture to go out (assuming you are able to get it pointed in the first place). It is also very heavy. Very time consuming to aim. I would not attempt installing a slimline. Buy a 18" round, or find someone who has upgraded and has an old one on their house they will give you.
     
  8. kingstonlake

    kingstonlake New Member

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    Thanks everyone. Appreciate the help. I'll find an old 18" dish and run it up the tower. I assume I use Directv's sat finder for alignment?
     
  9. davring

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    Yes sir...
     
  10. makaiguy

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    Back when we had our fifth-wheel trailer, we carried an old SD receiver, an 18" dish and a tripod mount around the country with us. (It was an especially welcome addition when we worked at Yellowstone National Park one summer, where we couldn't even pick up a radio station off-air, let alone television.) We got pretty good at setting up the dish by entering the local zip code into the receiver and having it tell us the required azimuth and elevation. Best tip I can give is to be sure you have the mast dead-on vertical before trying to aim the dish.

    [Off topic: For anyone interested in our Yellowstone work experience: http://members.toast.net/fdw/ynp/]
     

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