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Traveling and setup of Direct TV HD Equip

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Artistspot, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Artistspot

    Artistspot New Member

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    Hi, I am new to this forum so please excuse me if I am asking dumb and simple questions, but I really just want to understand the basics when it comes to trying out traveling across the US and setting up Direct TV Slimline dish and HD receiver when I go tailgating or stop to camp for a few days ....... I am assuming that I can take my dish and HDDVR box with me and setup anywhere in the US if I have a couple of things:

    - Slimline dish and tripod stand (w/my 3 lnb attached and SwM?)
    - one HDDVR received (Tuner 1 from my living room)
    - Oasis cheap Sat finder
    - Compas and level

    Here's what I DO know .......
    1) Dish has to be pointed to South East ..... Is that everywhere in the USA???
    2) Dish must be level (bubble in middle of ring)
    3) Get Azimuth, Elevation, and Tilt from putting in area code from receiver setup menu?
    4) Then point dish in these "general" directions till sat finder beeps louder / louder??
    5) Then chk 101, 99, 99s, 103ca, etc for sat numbers and strength of signal... (will i get local channels or do I need to call Direct TV to get another account????)

    Is that it or am i way lost??? If one of you guys can guide me in , I would really appreciate... like I said, I am rookie here and never have dome this before.... any help guidance would be MOST appreciated ....

    Thanks fellas, G
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    1: Nope, It will depend on the longitude you are located. If you are east of 101 degrees, it will be pointed southwest.
    2: Helps, but not totally necessary for a stationary dish
    3: zip code
    4: Never used a sat finder, but that should work
    5: Check 101 first, then zero in on 99c. Ignore 99s and 103s. You will not get locals outside of your dma spotbeam. If you want national DNS channels for the big 4 networks, you will need a separate "RV" account, submit the proper paperwork, and get approved. Best bet is to use an OTA RV antenna, and an AM21 for locals (which will work where ever you are, assuming you reinitialize the OTA zipcode in the receiver, and are within reception range of the stations.
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    You won't get your local network stations (from your home market). If you will be traveling extensively, you may want to get an RV account with DNS (Distant Network Service) so you can get either NY or LA network stations. The other option is to use OTA antenna directly to your TV, or with an H/HR20 or an AM21, for local stations wherever you are currently located.

    As to item 2, dish must be level - it makes it a LOT easier to align.
     
  4. Artistspot

    Artistspot New Member

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    Davenlr, wow, got it ...... thanks... one additional question? How do I know what "longitude" I am at? What tells me that? If I am traveling along the I40 east from Cali and I stop off in Oklahoma?

    Thanks for the help ... really appreciate.
     
  5. Artistspot

    Artistspot New Member

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    ok, I got that ... that makes perfect sense .....

    Thanks, G
     
  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Best way is to use your GPS. All GPS units have a screen to show you your actual current location. If it says for example 92.2545 by 34.4453 then you would use 92.2 and 34.4 on your satfinder website, or just figure out what zip code you are in, and enter that in the receiver.
     
  7. Artistspot

    Artistspot New Member

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    ok, cool,,,, so if I know what zip code I am in, then I can just fire up the HDDVR and go through the menu, plug in the zip, then aim the dish towards those coordinates, right?

    Hope I understood that right, thanks, G
     
  8. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Yep, simple as that. Practice a few times in the driveway to get the hang of it, and it will come easy on the road. I have set up all my dishes myself. SWM is a tad more difficult, but if you have a meter for SWM, then you should be good to go.
     
  9. Wisegoat

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    If you are in the Los Angeles market, you WILL get CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. They are the national market for West Coast locals and you should get them anywhere you are, as they are on a CONUS sat (not spot beams). I have gotten them everywhere I have gone, so far.
     
  10. Jodean

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    SoDak locals are also non spot beam, and im sure there are many others, so you may be able to watch yours news from back home wherever you are at.

    If not, a simple call in to get an RV waiver will get you locals for LA and NY

    Some of my camper customers are either here or in AZ, so they just changed their address to get appropriate locals
     
  11. RobertE

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    I believe you are mistaken. The only "locals" that are on a conus beam are NY and LA.
     
  12. Jodean

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    I believe that you might be mistaken.....

    We have zero signal on all (s) sats

    Also i know for a fact the phoenix locals work here in SD, been to several campers recieving them here before they switched their address accordingly. Ive personally watch the phoenix news in SD.

    Might have something to do with MPEG4 market, but not sure.
     
  13. RobertE

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    Tell you what, take a look at the transponder mappings here: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=191371 and get back to me.

    Try and find any LiL other than NY & LA on a conus transponder.
    I'll even give you a head start. The Sioux Falls DMA is on TPN16 103S. While Phoenix is on TPN15 103S

    Good luck with your search. ;)
     
  14. jimisham

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    Weren't the locals that were on the 72.5 satellite CONUS? Sioux Falls was one of them.
     
  15. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

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    Locals on 72.5 were CONUS. All other locals with the exception of the DNS LA and NY channels are definitely on spotbeams.
     
  16. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    Correct, and the days of anything being beamed by DirecTv from 72.5 are rapidly ticking down. A couple of markets actually go dark tomorrow or the 31st (from 72.5).
     

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