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Directv & Trees?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by F1aReD, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
  2. F1aReD

    F1aReD AllStar

    Sep 27, 2011
    I got an App for my iPad. I pointed it up to the sky and it looks like the D* satellites are a lot higher up and to the right than where my current dish is pointed...what's up with that? The dish is still supposed to point towards the general area isn't it?

    Also, correct me if I'm wrong...Assuming this App works OK, I can just search for the appropriate D* satellites, point it up towards the sky (at the new house), and if there's trees in the way then they will need to be removed or something else will need to be done?
  3. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    The App I posted shows you the Directv Satellites.

    If you are using the Slimline 3 then its Spaceway 1 and 2, Directv 10,11 and 12, Directv 8 ,4s,and 9s.

    That's the 99,101,103 orbital locations.
  4. Bill Broderick

    Bill Broderick Icon

    Aug 25, 2006
    Long Island
    The satellite signals reflect off of your dish and onto the LNB's. So the dish isn't necessarily pointing at the satellites (think of a bank shot on a pool table).
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    In the case of the SL5 dishes, the dish aims at 101W but it picks up signals from all the way over at 119W.

    Understand that the DIRECTV signals cannot penetrate much of anything. Anything of substance will effectively stop it.

    The point is that when you use the app, you must see open sky where the satellites are. If you don't see open sky, you have to move around until you do. If there is nowhere you can go that gives you a clear view, you're absolutely out of luck unless you can make such a hole.

    There was a time when you could get away with a smaller hole and multiple dishes, but that's no longer possible.
  6. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Have you given any thought to VOS's suggestion? Is it not possible? It really wouldn't cost that much to do. The amp only costs ~ $130 from Solid Signal.

    As well as I know him and trust him, I'd have done it immediately.

  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    The primary issue is to determine if there is a location that has a clear LOS.
    The various apps should help with this and posting a screen shot might help.
    Once a location is found, then the next step might be to see what the costs would be to get the signals to the receivers.

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