Slimline Installation

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by jconinc, Sep 14, 2007.

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  1. jconinc

    jconinc Cool Member

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    Any recommendations for a reasonably priced in-line signal meter to help with a slimline installation?

    Thanks.
     
  2. rirwin1983

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    the reciever! lol, but seriously, a satbuddy.
     
  3. jconinc

    jconinc Cool Member

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    I consider the receiver an "end of line". :sure:

    Does the Accutrac22 do the same thing as a Satbuddy? It is a lot cheaper.
     
  4. boylan

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    This place has the Acutrac III, which is a bit of overkill, available for a 10 day rental at $45.

    I can't post URLs yet, but go to spectrumspot dot com, and then navigate to this page:

    /solutions/acutrac3.html
     
  5. jes

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    You can buy the dual input Acutrac 22 Pro for ~2X... and you can keep it as long as you want. ;)

    Acutrac 22 Pro
     
  6. carl6

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    The 22 Pro is a decent meter and will do everything you need to do to install any existing DirecTV dish. I agree, why rent one for $45 when you can buy one for $100.

    Carl
     
  7. lalo56

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    Yah i have the acutrac 22 pro and its what i used to point and fine tune the slimline. Worked great for a decent price.
     
  8. Lord Vader

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    It doesn't look like it can detect the 99 or 103 birds, though. Can it detect both Ka and Ku birds?
     
  9. lalo56

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    No it does not but you dont need it since the slimline gets pointed and fine tuned using 101 119.
     
  10. tonyn

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    Jaconic, a $20 simple satellite signal meter works just fine for occasional use.

    Those are not stand-alone, so you simply set your receiver on the page that gives you the signal meter for the desired satellite. It will read sigs from 103a but probably not from 99b.

    Look for the one here http://www.satpro.tv/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=22
     
  11. TigersFanJJ

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    This is what I use every day. It's a really nice meter. It works pretty much the same as the Accutrac.
     
  12. Milominderbinder2

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    Why not have DIRECTV install it for free?

    - Craig
     
  13. hiker

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    The Acutrac3 can directly check the signal strength on the 103, so wouldn't it be better? Can't I use this meter to directly get peak signal strength on the 103 without using the normal fine-tuning method based on the 101 and 119? Or at least use the Acutrac3 to directly double check strength on 103 after using normal method?

    I have the Slimline mounted now and have been studying the alignment procedure in the installation video and manual. Have not got a meter yet and I am favoring the Acutrac3 for the above reason but it is more than double the price of the Acutrac22.
     
  14. lalo56

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    I used the Acutrac 22 Pro and followed the installation manual. All works well and peaked.
     
  15. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    I also have and use the 22 Pro. Works just fine, and I can check the 103(b) signals on my hi def receivers.

    If you are an installer, the better meter makes sense. For the homeowner doing his own dish install, my personal opinion is you don't need to spend the extra $.

    Carl
     
  16. techrep

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    The main reason for rough pointing the dish to 101 is that it is easier to find. After getting 101 in the 80's or better, you can fine tune 103b and with tilt set for 119 all sats should be at or very close to peak.
     
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