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Newbie Install Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by dringess, Nov 17, 2007.

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  1. dringess

    dringess New Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Switching from cable, I tried to become a new subscriber with DirecTV with HD and a HR-20. My lot is surrounded by trees so I figured there might be LOS issues. Sure enough, the installer said that he could get the "main" satellite, but couldn't get locals (non-HD) because of a large tree SE of my lot. Needing locals, I cancelled the installation.

    My questions are:

    1. Does the installer's explanation make sense? I live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa if that helps.

    2. Is there any way to use multiple dishes?

    3. I know this is a DirecTV forum, but if a DirecTV install won't work, is it possible that a Dish Network install might?
  2. techrep

    techrep Hall Of Fame

    Sep 15, 2007
    The installer makes sense but he may not be totaly accurate. The E* cluster is located in a different place in the sky and you may have LOS to it. There is some good info on combining dishes for D* LOS issues in the thread below.

  3. rahchgo

    rahchgo Godfather

    Feb 2, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    www.dishpointer.com might help you double check the installer. In general, you need a clear view of the southwestern sky for both DirecTV and Dish Network. Here's a link to a great discription of combining dishes. http://www.dbstalk.com/showpost.php?p=1079192&postcount=164
  4. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    See the links in my signature below for tips to help you use the sun & moon's position in the sky to help you find suitable spots with clear line-of-sight, or to use multiple dishes at different spots to "see" all of the satellites.
  5. Ext 721

    Ext 721 Icon

    Feb 26, 2007
    1: it makes sense

    2: absolutely...there's even a way to use a slimline and a triple dish...
    requires a powered 4x8, a 6x8 wideband, and 4 splitter-combiners.

    3: if the satellite(s) that were blocked were 110 and 119, those are dishnet's primary birds. Unless I'm flat-out wrong, dishnet will be a no-go also if those are blocked.

    4: there's always a way...although that way may involve a small tower:D
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