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New VIP21z/Tailgater user with issues

Discussion in 'ViP211(411)/211K/222 Support Forum' started by Jmcgsd, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Jmcgsd

    Jmcgsd New Member

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    I purchased a slightly used receiver and Tailgater for my RV and have been partially successful in using it. I signed up for a month to month plan and am trying to determine whether to keep it or put the gear back on CL!

    I am in a beachfront campground in Southern California with shore power. I have a clear view of the southern sky. I have the receiver connected directly to the Tailgater via 25' of coax. I run Checkswitch and it proceeds normally. After the process I get some, but not all channels reliably (Discovery seems to be a constant issue.) if I go away and come back later, turn on the receiver then there seem to be more issues with signal loss messages. Also, last night we had lots of rain. Today is cloudy and windy (40 mph gusts). Lots of signal loss messages even though it's drying out, but the wind is blowing.

    If this is what I should expect from DISH I'll go back to reading books when camping, so I guess I'm asking if this is normal.

    Thanks.
    Joe
     
  2. NYDutch

    NYDutch DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    It's not normal for Dish at all, but it may be "normal" for a used Tailgater with an unknown history. The Tailgater is pretty well known for not being very rain tolerant due to the small dish size. Are you sure the wind isn't moving it around?
     
  3. Jmcgsd

    Jmcgsd New Member

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    No I don't think the wind has moved it much if at all. Maybe it's just an old tech antenna. Hate to pay the price for a new one though.
     
  4. NYDutch

    NYDutch DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    It doesn't need to move much to lose the satellites. The Tailgater will not automatically correct its positioning without a full reset.
     
  5. Jmcgsd

    Jmcgsd New Member

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    Thanks. Maybe that's all it was. Now that the winds have died it seems to work OK.
    Joe
     
  6. NYDutch

    NYDutch DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    That's good to see, Joe. I'm glad it's working for you now...
     

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