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Snow bird information

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by jamelar, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. jamelar

    jamelar Cool Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    This will be my first time wintering over in Florida, leaving Michigan the end of the month. It will be in an RV/Motorhome in an RV park. I will be bringing the receiver and a spare dish / mount with me.

    What exactly do I need to do to get my account "flagged" for a seasonal location. Can this be done before leaving or best upon arrival.

    And I definitely DO NOT need an installer to setup / aim the dish.

  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Rules changing all the time - call them and ask first, then post here ...
  3. RaymondG@DISH Network

    RaymondG@DISH Network New Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I can set this up for you when you arrive to your destination for the winter. Just sent me a PM with your phone or account number and I'll walk you through the process!
  4. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

    Jan 9, 2007
    If you do not have 'local' networks, you do not have to do anything.

    If you have locals and they are on a spot beam, you have to call and change your 'Service Address'; give them the mailing address of your Campground. This will enable the locals for the location you are in. Have the DISH receiver turned on when you call so when they update the locals for the new Service Address, the dish receiver will get the new subscription data. Your 'Billing Address' remains the same.

    When you head back home, just call up and change the Service Address back to your home address.

    Have fun on your Snowbird trip.... We head to FL after Xmas for 4 months.
  5. domingos35

    domingos35 Icon

    Jan 11, 2006
    here they come
  6. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

    Jan 9, 2007
    Yep.... You finally get rid of the politicians on every corner and here come the Snowbirds again.... :lol:
  7. jamelar

    jamelar Cool Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    Thank you. Reply much appreciated. Will send PM when I arrive

    Yes I get locals, spot beam. I also have an outdoor antenna at home and the RV. FWIW, some camping I've done during the summer is still within the spot beam. Handy as I still get my locals although I'm in a different DMA. :)

    Yep! And what is Florida's #1 industry? A. Tourism
  8. jamelar

    jamelar Cool Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    I arrived in Fort Myers about a week ago.
    I set the dish up and was receiving everything I subscribe to except of course the locals.
    However, I was having problems getting the internet to work with the RV park's WIFI. Turned out to be a hardware problem on my part which I resolved with-in a couple days.

    Anyway, since I couldn't PM DIRT member RaymondG, I called the the 800 number to connect to a CSR. I told the CSR I'm at my temporary winter address. He entered the new address and told me in a few minutes I would see the changes. Never was a technician truck roll or anything required.

    A few minutes later, the Fort Myers locals were on.


    In the FWIW department, here are a some observations I'll share.

    When I initially got the dish set up, the guide information for my home (Grand Rapids) locals showed up. Obviously, the locals guide information is not dependent on receiving the spot beam. Of course, I tried selecting my home locals and as expected had no signal. If by some crazy quirk I was receiving my home locals, I would have left well enough alone as I get all the Fort Myers locals anyway from the RV antenna. I have the MU-1 off air module option in my VIP722K receiver.

    After the switch, at first, the local Fort Myers network stations showed the Grand Rapids information. In other words, the Fort Myers NBC station showed the Grand Rapids NBC information and local programs, same for ABC, CBS, etc. By the next day, everything corrected itself as I expected it would.

    Overall, I'm completely satisfied at how smoothly the switch went.
  9. garys

    garys Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2005
    The next time you change address, wait for the correct local channels show in the guide, run a check switch and force a new guide download instead of waiting for the overnight update.

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