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The Tech Thread: Show your work and face the heat.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Mertzen, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Jun 7, 2009 #181 of 265

    roadrunner1782 Icon

    Sep 27, 2008
    Now thats a serious pole!
  2. Jun 9, 2009 #182 of 265

    Themobb New Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    All right... FNG here!

    Below, please observe my first D* install on a Newmar 5th wheel trailer. This was in 1994, the first year D* offered service in Fl.


    I had to be one of the first, and drove from Tallahassee to Jacksonville for the privilege of paying $800 for a receiver/antenna combo.
    I mounted it to a 4x4 on the roof and ran the wire inside to the receiver.

    Decidedly LOWTECH, but hey, it worked and nobody got hurt :lol:

    Great Thread!

    BTW, my HR23/SWM system is scheduled to be installed tomorrow by someone slightly my professional than me!

  3. Jun 9, 2009 #183 of 265

    hobie346 Icon

    Feb 23, 2007
    I remember when I bought my second home in '94 I had made promise not to give into getting cable just watch VHS tapes. Then D* came along and like you $800 later and a self install I had had the channels from D* and USSB.
  4. Aug 3, 2009 #184 of 265

    jpitlick Icon

    Apr 19, 2007
    I've been meaning to take this picture for a while. This is just something that I pass occasionally. I'm just wondering if that tree is plumb. I think it's acutally an oak.

  5. Aug 3, 2009 #185 of 265

    dmurphy Active Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Yup, I've got one... it's still in plastic shrinkwrap.

    Never watched the video - who needs directions??? :)
  6. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    I know I'm going to get a load of flak for this one.

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  7. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    If that's the way it needed to be installed to get service, so be it. :D
    The only problem I see is that the pole isn't centered in the bucket. :)
  8. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    It's the original J pipe turned upside down. Beat cutting a piece of pipe in the Virginia heat.
  9. wallfishman

    wallfishman Icon

    Dec 31, 2008
    Mertzen is that the final position of that thing ??? looks like the left side would be clipping the building ...
  10. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    90+ on 101/103/99 :grin:
  11. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hey whatever works. :D
  12. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

    Feb 28, 2007
    That one could be OK for awhile.

    The level of the mast will not raise as the tree grows (BIO 101) and the trunk will not twist or move (IMHO). SO the only other change will be other branches or a freeway blocking LOS.

    DO NOT try this on the hood of a dead Turcel or Nova.


    AFTETHOUGHT= To techs
  13. jmudukes07

    jmudukes07 AllStar

    Jul 8, 2009

    Getting great signal from this set-up and the way Mertzen had it clamped in it's damn near impossible for someone to accidentally move it. If not for this set-up I'd still be stuck with Cox Cable and their overcompressed crap HD channels.

    Thank God he was willing to help me out after the regular installer came out and after 5 minutes said there was no way he could get a signal.

    I have to admit - I was a bit nervous when the signal for the 99 satellite was in the 70's - I'm glad he didn't give up at that point.

    Thanks again Mertzen.
  14. jpitlick

    jpitlick Icon

    Apr 19, 2007
    I'm sure this tree mount works fine. I just thought it was a funny place to mount a dish.
  15. taz291819

    taz291819 Godfather

    Oct 18, 2006
    Did a tree mount for my parents, old Phase III dish. Worked like a champ for 3 years, never had an issue.
  16. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    Looks pretty solid for a mount without a singe hole drilled, but a hard bump could still move that bucket of cement slightly off it's base, so I would make it rock solid by adding the missing side of a desirable & structurally solid triangle by adding a second monopole between the dish mount pole and the balcony rail.

    BTW, despite your excellent signal levels, it looks like there is no way that a significant part of your dish is not in a "signal shadow" that is being cast by the edge of the building seen off to the left of the dish.
  17. Zellio

    Zellio Icon

    Mar 8, 2009
    Does it need watering every day?
  18. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

    Aug 26, 2009
    Some handywork from last winter. lol
    Woman driving the Chrysler failed to yield to her stop sign, and there's no stopping on a dime when there's an inch of ice on the road and somebody pulls out in front of you.

  19. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    Dang, I bet the tech got a write-up for that as well.

    looks like nobody got seriously hurt.

    We had a truck that rolled on an on-ram. bodywork sat like /_/ on the chassis.
  20. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Well, I am not an installer, but if you would like to check out my self installed attic pictures, check my sig.

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