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Temporary DTV Setup

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mikemyers, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. mikemyers

    mikemyers Legend

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    There were no struts on the outside wall - it was mounted onto a vertical surface. Probably there should have been struts, as was done on one of my neighbor's antennas.

    Yes, the first goal was to aim out through the sliding glass door, with blue plastic sheeting across it as well - the door is locked in place and won't open, and I gave up on using that location because I assumed the reason I was getting no signal was because the glass and plastic were blocking it - now it's my own ignorance, in not understanding how to aim the dish.

    Everything just got a lot more complicated - give me a few minutes to post three more photos.
     
  2. mikemyers

    mikemyers Legend

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    You're suggesting the post be vertical. To accomplish that, I need to orient the supporting device this way:

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    But, looked at from the side, it's not even vertical - look at this...

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    ....and here's why it's not vertical:

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    ....am I supposed to twist this as needed, so the tube points straight up? I assume so. Wow, so complicated...
     
  3. mikemyers

    mikemyers Legend

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    Based on what I think you guys have told me, I should loosen all the adjusting screws on this bracket, turn it so the post is perfectly vertical, and tighten things up. I suppose I should try to find a board or something to screw this down onto, so it's supported somewhat.... I can't see any way to use a tripod to do this.



    Added later - I found this page, which maybe is good for the temporary setup I'm trying to make. I never heard of a "satellite finder" before. If I had a motor home, this might be really handy.

    http://www.bobhatch.com/DTV-SL3/pages/15-IMG_1519.htm

    I read through most of the other steps. I will be back in 10 days, and will try again. If nothing happens, the DTV guy is supposed to show up a few days later. I suspect he's going to tell me forget it, and just walk out the door.
     
  4. mikemyers

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    I'm back home, waiting for some kind of agreement as to what kind of DTV mount I can get on my balcony. Meanwhile, I can't even access the pre-recorded shows, as the DVR has been off for too long.

    I took my dish outside and propped it up on a porch chair with a thick cushion. Wherever I aim the dish, it stays. DirecTV in the setup page tells me the azimuth should be 226 degrees, which is relatively easy to set. Next is to set the elevation. I am trying to do this using this tip:

    I'm not sure how I could temporarily set the "tilt". One suggestion I read in this forum was to

    "leave (the dish type) set to 18" round for testing), and just set the elevation on the slimline to exactly match the setting on the 18" dish."

    Would it be easier to get "close" were I to switch my dish type from "Slimline-3S (SWM)" to something else?

    I have downloaded and installed SatFinder Pro to my phone, which is helping, but I am still getting all "0" when I do the signal strength test (for Satellite: 101, Tuner: 1"


    Are there any tricks to get any kind of signal indication, a noise, whatever, to help me start to get close?

    If I can get a signal even for five minutes, my DVR will reset, and at least I can watch the pre-recorded shows.

    People in my building seem to think that I shouldn't even be getting DTV.....
     
  5. lesz

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    The suggestion using a yardstick to which you are referring was not really intended to be used to actually point the dish. Instead, it was given to be used as a means of getting a rough idea as to whether there were any obstructions that might be blocking the line of sight between the dish and the satellites, and it was intended to be used after you had the dish pointed to approximately the right azimuth and elevation.
     
  6. gov

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    LOL, can you offer the contractor $50 to do your balcony first ??
     

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