Having trouble setting up my dish

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  1. Breadfan

    Breadfan New Member

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    First Post. I live in a condo where we are all on Dish Network and we use one Dish. I have a VIP722 receiver and I want to take it to a hunt where we will be watching ESPN and ESPN SEC Network. I have acquired a DPP HD dish with 2 Lnb’s. I’m unsure of what satellites this dish is for. I only need the channels I just spoke of so I’m looking for the quickest way to do this. I have no separators in the back of my receiver. I know my receiver is set on “quam” now. I’m a little lost. I do have two cables coming out of the dish I assume for two satellites. Any help would be greater appreciated. I did set up a dish and receiver once but it’s been awhile.
     
  2. RBA

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    Quam is only used for commercial systems, you probably won't be able to economically setup a system for ESPN.
     
  3. Breadfan

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    It has the option for a satellite.
     
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Post a screenshot of the setting here.
    Check manuals for setup/installation at SolidSiganal site
     
  5. Breadfan

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    Sorry, I should have said “QAM”
     

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  6. Breadfan

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    This is the info on the dish.
     

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  8. scooper

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    Lots of missing information -
    location where dish will be used
    Eastern Arc or Western Arc

    In addition to pliers / wrenches / philips screwdriver for tightening the nuts, bolts and screws on the dish - I'd suggest getting a cheap satelite meter ($12-50). A compass is also recomended. (And I don't mean one from your smartphone / GPS)

    General aiming instructions - using the numbers from a source like www.dishpointer.com , set the skew (tilt) of the dish first, then don't change it. Using the magnetic compass, set the azimuth , and set the elevation. Once you have tone, maximize the signal on a CONUS transponder. Check the other LNB to make sure you have signal there as well. You will also need to run a "Check Switch test" from diagnostics.

    You should try this at home for a few times to practice before going to the cabin.
     
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    If the LNBF is OK as the dish's reflector...
     
  10. Breadfan

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    I live in Florida. So I should use southeast? I am still unsure of what satellites this dish is for?
     
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    You will probably want to aim at 61.5 and 72.7 (southeast) with that dish / LNB that you have. If you need to aim southwest due to obstructions, aim at 110 and 119 - not much but some HD (maybe even ESPN).
     
  13. Breadfan

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    Thank you. Now, when I switch to satellite from QAM and then I want to go back, will I lose all of my QAM settings? If so, what are the steps to get them back? I really appreciate all the help from you all. Big time.
     
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    pretty much so... if you can, make screenshots of QAM setting before do change to SAT ...
     
  15. James Long

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    When you go back to QAM your receive should scan the system and re-identify which QAM channel corresponds to which satellite transponders.
     
  16. scooper

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    I guess the next question would be - would he actually be able to get the same channels (be authorized for) as when he is at home on the QAM system ?
     
  17. James Long

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    Assuming the dish picks up the same satellites as the antennas serving his QAM headend he should get the same channels.

    If he is in the Miami market he would need a Western Arc dish for his locals. (The other Florida markets are on both arcs.)
     
  18. Breadfan

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    I’m in Jacksonville, not too worried about locals. Our hunt is near Tallahassee and I’m may be out of the spot beam.
     
  19. NYDutch

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    Both the eastern (61.5) and western (110) arc Jacksonville spot beams easily cover Tallahassee. The eastern arc uses the same spot beam as the Tallahassee locals.
     
  20. Breadfan

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    That’s even better! I will be testing it out soon.
     
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