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Experimental Small Slimline3 Dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Matt9876, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. doctor j

    doctor j Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 14, 2006
    Birmingham, Al.
    There is no correct answer for this.

    Some people alter the focal point of the LNB and can get higher 101 readings than with the straight up phase III since the gain of the SL-3 LNB is better than the older phase III LNB.

    The point is that everthing you do with an SL-3 LNB on a phase III dish is a compromise.

    IF you can get 99c,103c, & 101 somewhere 80 to 85 plus you are a super tweaker! It doesn't get much better than that!

    Doctor j
  2. jefe2514

    jefe2514 Cool Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Really? I had an 18" round dish installed on my H23 at home and I installed one of these dishes and ran the satellite setup for an SL3 dish and it finished the process just fine.
  3. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    Your stb was already activated, so IV isn't an issue there.
    Why did you have an H23 setup with an 18" round?
  4. Feb 1, 2010 #224 of 463

    gomezma1 Godfather

    Mar 28, 2006
    I have a Phase II dish. Will it work with this modification?
  5. Feb 3, 2010 #225 of 463

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The Phase II is approximately 14% wider than the Phase III. You may be rewarded with slightly better results (or not).
  6. gomezma1

    gomezma1 Godfather

    Mar 28, 2006
    I want to install A 5L SWM on my phase II dish. I don't care about the two HD satellites?
    Can I use the alignments for two lnb's on the dish to get the three sat's like on the phase III dish?
  7. raoul5788

    raoul5788 Guest

    May 13, 2006
    Why would you use a SWM lnb if you don't care about getting the hd satellites? IIRC, only the newer hd receivers/dvrs can use the SWM lnb. It doesn't sound like you have any.
  8. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    The D12 and R16 also are SWM-compatible. Perhaps a SWM8 would be easier to use with a Phase II/III dish.
  9. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Not only easier but more reliable as the LNBs would actually be in the prime focal points.
  10. Apr 3, 2010 #230 of 463

    jmikestock Mentor

    Oct 8, 2008
    I just replaced my SL3 LNB with a SWM3 and used it for the first time in Destin, FL and got signals on 101 and 103 the mid-90's and 99 at 92%. This is with the altered DISH 1000-2. Not as small is the Phase III but still much smaller than the Slimline and mounts on the smaller mount. Signal distribution within the RV is much simpler than with my old standard SL3 LNB.

    Of course Destin is a place where you would expect a strong signal.
  11. LK2369

    LK2369 New Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I need a small, portable HD dish to carry in my RV. I have been reading the posts on this forum. Questions:

    1) Does DirecTV or other manufacturers make a small dish?

    2) If not, is there a person who would construct one or sale? Matt?
  12. jmikestock

    jmikestock Mentor

    Oct 8, 2008
    If you can get your hands on a DISH Network 1000.2 dish I can give you simple instructions as to how to adapt it to work with the SL3 LNB. Mine works well and, when compared to the Phase III conversion, is much easier to set up and much more stable. This is what I use in my RV.
  13. Matt9876

    Matt9876 Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2007
    I haven't been around this thread in quite sometime sorry about that,the economy and job status have occupied most of my time.

    The phase III dish conversion is still working for many of my customers in RV and permanent installs, Stability and rain fade are not major issues if signal numbers are maximized in the first place and the install is on a solid mount.

    The slimline-3 LNB and SWM/SWiM versions work great,Yes a larger reflector can give higher signal numbers but the dish needs to be oval (multi-sat) not round,The point of this thread was to produce the smallest HD dish (18"X20") that did all the necessary functions and maximize portability also provide a chance of pulling off that near impossible install.

    Sorry, I'm not getting into the business of building and selling these dishes for the simple fact they are not approved by DirecTV (Won't pass first time activation installer verification test) and a little tricky to aim properly.

    If you read this thread and follow the information you can build one yourself normally for under $100.
  14. jmikestock

    jmikestock Mentor

    Oct 8, 2008
    Don't get me wrong. This is not a competition and I am not knocking the use of the Phase III. I used one for a while in the RV. I just found that the 1000.2 seemed to set up more easily and give better stablility.

    The real test has been in being able to use the dish without a problem in the higher latitudes. The farther north you travel, the more difficult it becomes to get an acceptable signal from the KA's. So far I have been able to work with the setup as far north as Montana. Maine is my next destination in the RV. We'll see.
  15. BennyGregg

    BennyGregg Legend

    Jul 17, 2009
    I recently used a Phase III dish with an SL3 LNB in the Big Bend area of Texas, which is within the weaker areas of most of the beam footprint maps I have seen. I had no reception issues at all. Of course, it was sunny and hot for the entire week or so we were there.
  16. illtww

    illtww New Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    Ok all. I have been running the single LNB dish for Tailgating for the past 5 years.... And have an old 18x20 triple LNB dish sitting around collecting dust...

    This year I want to upgrade. I have a 42" LCD and would like to watch the games in HD. Here are my questions..

    1. Will my Phase III work correctly? It has the old 3-LNB. (3 seperate lnb's molded into 1 deal)

    2. I need to buy a SL3 Lnb, Correct? (one that has 4 outputs on it...)
    Will any brand work? WNC, Eagle etc...

    3. I also want some input on which HD box is compatible with the SL3s LNB and has the
    fastest boot up time. (I want to get to the signal meters fast like the old RCA boxes used to do) H21 H22 etc?

    4. I currently have a tripod but it does not have any built in levels etc...

    5. I would also like it to be relatively easy to line up... (this can be a pain on gamedays...)

    Trying to do this on a budget as I have been out of work for a little bit.

    Thanks! looking forward to your guys input!
  17. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    It will, but a bit harder than the dish designed for the HD

    any will work

    all HD DVRs or HD will work, the fastest is the H24 / HR 24 but you may not be able to get one because Directv does not guarantee specific models
    get a small spirit level and a compass with degree markings
    What you want to do is going to be harder as the marking on the dish are not designed for the new LNB

  18. illtww

    illtww New Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    I guess I could set the tilt and elevation before I goto the tailgate spot. Correct? Just have to make sure the tripod is level and pan left/right from there... Correct?

    Is the H24 a brand new receiver? Being on a budget what receiver should i look for on E-bay? (my 2nd best option?)

    Do they make a tripod that is affordable that has these built in? (level compass etc?)

    Do I need to throw out the tripod in favor of something else?

    Bonus question.
    Do they make a receiver that can display 2 feeds at once?
  19. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    setting Tilt and Elevation before would be good as long as the location is near where the dish is going to be used. remember the settings on the back of the dish may not be accurate for the new LNB
    The H24 is new, and you may have issues finding an HD unit that is not leased.

    they do make tripods that have built in levels, but they are not cheap

    Tripod is the best route,
    They do not make a RCVR that has 2 feeds unless you count the MRV which uses a network connection
  20. illtww

    illtww New Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    It will be in 29631. (Clemson Football Games...) (I will get all my locals etc correct?)

    Here is a little snippet from another site on the H24.
    "H24 and HR24s installed on systems that DO NOT have a SWiM Switch require B-Band Converters"

    I am going to be running a SL3 (4lnb output) this is not a SWiM LNB correct?
    So I will need B-band converters?

    Looks like the H23 is also very similar...

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