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#1 OFFLINE   sgibson

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:41 AM

Need Help-got Errors found on both tuners on replacement H21/100 (Recond.) Also, "Dish Alignment Problem" on an exist. H22/100.

I have 1st. gen AT-9 "Sidecar" dish and found a broken connector on the jumper cable for Port 1. (put a temp RG-6 jumper on it and waterproofed the connections). Don't currently have D*'s Service plan-it says coverage and billing will begin 30 days after activation. I'd like to upgrade to the newer 4-wire Slimline AT-S (now have 4-cables into home). I wish to purchase one and do the change/install myself. Is this a DIY job (don't have any meters or aiming devices-other than a compass.) Prior to the AU-9 I used to realign dish myself. I found some new AT-S 4-wire dishes online for reasonable prices.
How should I proceed with this problem?

TIA for all advice,
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#2 OFFLINE   hilmar2k

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:44 AM

The AU-9 uses the same mast as the AT-9, so the switch should be pretty straight forward, assuming the mast is plumb. No reason you can't align it yourself using the signal meter in a receiver.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:25 PM

There are instruction videos on Solidsignal.com. You will need a meter to get it really dialed in. For the charge of the service call, D* may give you a new dish. They seem to want to swap out the sidecar dishes.

You may want to get a mod to move this to the installer's forum. You will get a better answer there.

#4 ONLINE   litzdog911

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:32 PM

You'll find those videos and instructions here ....
http://www.solidsign...nna-types&mc=02
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#5 OFFLINE   dwcolvin

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:43 PM

Don't currently have D*'s Service plan-it says coverage and billing will begin 30 days after activation.


Simple solution: Call D* and tell them you need a realignment. They'll give you the option for a $49 service call (which still sounds better than a DIY new dish) or you can enable the Protection Plan without the 30 day wait.

Even if you opted for the $49 service call, the installer will give you the option of starting the Protection Plan instead. The installer will update everything that needs updating.

YMMV, but that's how it worked for me a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:57 AM

The AU-9 uses the same mast as the AT-9, so the switch should be pretty straight forward, assuming the mast is plumb. No reason you can't align it yourself using the signal meter in a receiver.


hilmar2k,
Thanks for your reply.

I did a ground mount pole for the AT9 a few years ago, and while I can handle the physical install, the peaking and dither fine tuning adjustments will, according to most, require a signal meter-which I don't own.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:00 PM

There are instruction videos on Solidsignal.com. You will need a meter to get it really dialed in. For the charge of the service call, D* may give you a new dish. They seem to want to swap out the sidecar dishes.

You may want to get a mod to move this to the installer's forum. You will get a better answer there.


Herdfan,

thanks for the solidsignal tip. After watching the video and seeing the fine tuning required, will let D* do it.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:01 PM

You'll find those videos and instructions here ....
http://www.solidsign...nna-types&mc=02



good info, and I thank you!

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:05 PM

Simple solution: Call D* and tell them you need a realignment. They'll give you the option for a $49 service call (which still sounds better than a DIY new dish) or you can enable the Protection Plan without the 30 day wait.

Even if you opted for the $49 service call, the installer will give you the option of starting the Protection Plan instead. The installer will update everything that needs updating.

YMMV, but that's how it worked for me a couple of weeks ago.


Thanks!
After reviewing the tips and watching video, will follow your advice and let D* do it. I just signed up for the protection plan and was told to wait 31 days to request dish realignment. Was your dish replaced?

#10 OFFLINE   sgibson

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:57 PM

Need Help-got Errors found on both tuners on replacement H21/100 (Recond.) Also, "Dish Alignment Problem" on an exist. H22/100.

I have 1st. gen AT-9 "Sidecar" dish and found a broken connector on the jumper cable for Port 1. (put a temp RG-6 jumper on it and waterproofed the connections). Don't currently have D*'s Service plan-it says coverage and billing will begin 30 days after activation. I'd like to upgrade to the newer 4-wire Slimline AT-S (now have 4-cables into home). I wish to purchase one and do the change/install myself. Is this a DIY job (don't have any meters or aiming devices-other than a compass.) Prior to the AU-9 I used to realign dish myself. I found some new AT-S 4-wire dishes online for reasonable prices.
How should I proceed with this problem?

TIA for all advice,
sgibson


Happy camper here. In spite of being less than 30 day wait, D* agreed to upgrade dish at n/c-since I've been a longtime loyal customer. Tech did a nice job, even replaced 8-compression connectors going the extra distance to ensure connections were neat and water-tight. I watched while the tech tuned dish aim with a "BirdDog" for max signal. The new SlimLine 3 aim is well above my chimmey (older AT9 side-car dish aimed just a bit below it.). Thanks for the advice and tips. Now back to enjoying Directv HDTV.

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