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Hr-20 Nightmares

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kelkin, Oct 30, 2006.

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  1. kelkin

    kelkin AllStar

    Oct 30, 2006
    I'm "upgrading" from a HR10-250, though I'm really just adding the HR-20 to the bedroom and keeping my HR10-250 in the livingroom. When the installer came, he checked out the location of my current dish which is at eye level mounted to one of the supports which hold the balcony above me up. He proceeded to tell me that there is no way he can mount the dish since it's too big & heavy for the pole, and it requires 3 mounting brackets to support the dish. I looked at the dish, and although it is definitely larger and heavier, I didn't feel his assessment was accurate so I convinved him to just install the HR-20 to my current dish and leave the new dish behind and I'd install it myself. (I have installed many dishes including 10' C Band dishes in the past) After opening the box, I see in the instructions that you *can* mount it to a pole and it even says the other two brackets which support the arm of the dish are optional. Has anyone installed the dish without those supports and had any problems? I'm guessing the fear is that the arm might sway a little in windy conditions.

    To make matters worse, I think there's something wrong with the receiver. I am unable to hear audio on any of my HD channels. All I hear is a popping noise, just like when there are bad weather conditions and the screen gets all pixelated.. but my screen is fine, and this only happens on the HR-20. I have tried with DD enabled and disabled, and also checked the outputs going to both my TV and to my stereo.. both have the same problem. Is anyone else experiencing this? DTV is sending me a new receiver and is playing dumb, however from reading this forum I'm wondering if this is a known issue and similar to the other problems I see reported.
  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    Total loss of audio like that... in both DD and DD Disabled modes..
    That would be a new one (well at least one that I haven't seen posted yet).

    Have you tried rebooting the unit yet?

    And are these always connected via Optical? HDMI? Red/White?
  3. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Re: Pole mount. It's done all the time. Mine is on a 5 foot pole in my backyard. No extra supports (really no way to use them on a pole mount anyway).
  4. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    Re AT-9 mounting: not only can you mount it on a pole, you can also mount it via a "foot"-type bracket to a solid wall. Mine's mounted to a south-facing brick wall on my house and it's great. I had signal strengths in the mid-upper 90's in the middle of a heavy rain and wind storm last week. So long as it's mounted solidly and peaked properly, it can be installed in a variety of places: poles, posts, walls, roofs, whatever.
  5. cawgijoe

    cawgijoe Legend

    Dec 22, 2005
    Mine was originally mounted on the roof into solid wood that I added in the attic between the rafters so there would be something to bite into without monopole supports.....this was before the monopoles were available. No problems. I added two monopoles later myself for insurance.

    The installer had no clue.

    As stated by others, there are several ways and methods for mounting the AT-9.
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