A lot of your numbers on 99 & 103 are below 70. I would definitely call them to have your dish peaked. I think I would also express my displeasure at having to do this. That is really unacceptable for a new install.
Pretty much what i have and dont have any issuesHaako said:Update: Went ahead and peaked the dish myself!
After watching the install video half a dozen times, taking notes and reading the install manual - i dragged a portable TV out under the Dish and went to work on the alignment. After about 20 minutes working with a relative and alot of back and forth checking transponders - i think im happy with the results.
I gotta say - almost every alignment bolt was loose - finger tight. The guy really dident take his time with this part at all. I ended up going about 1 turn on the EL and 3 turns on the AZ when i stopped and tighened up all the bolts properly this time.
I never would have done all this without the help posted on this forum. Thanks guys.
Here are my results - the orginal numbers are above. Let me know if anything looks wrong:
Trans #17 - 91
Trans #21 - 91
There are many Slimlines installed into concrete block walls around here without the monopoles. Many have been up since the AU9 was first introduced, through lots of wind and weather, and are just fine. Just as sturdy as a pole mount.IIP said:Every, and I mean EVERY slimline dish NEEDS and REQUIRES monopoles. No installer is allowed to skip them.
Indeed. Automatic QC failure no matter where they are installed. Brick or roof. The OP should call in to D* for a realignment and for monopoles. :nono2:IIP said:Every, and I mean EVERY slimline dish NEEDS and REQUIRES monopoles. No installer is allowed to skip them.
FWIW, most of the slimline dishes I've seen installed around here don't have monopoles, even ones on vinyl siding.IIP said:Every, and I mean EVERY slimline dish NEEDS and REQUIRES monopoles. No installer is allowed to skip them.
If your worried about snow/ice on the dish and its in an area thats not easily accessible then i would recommend installing a dish heater.... they have ones that you must turn on manually and i have seen ones that are automatic...invitation said:Was walking the pooch today and had my first sighting of a "Slimline" dish. I was very curious as I am very much considering swithcing to D* and in fact have a "Slimline" on it's way to me.
My first impression was "that thing is a monster!" Seems "Slimline" is a bit of a misnomer. Much bigger than my nice little compact Dish 1000. I will have to mount this huge dish on the roof. Fortunately I have two monopoles coming with the dish. My main concern is with snow. My Dish 1000 is placed on the side of my house near a window where I can easily reach out and clean the snow off of it.
My concern is that having to mount the so-called "Slimline" on the roof, I won't be able to access it. Since this dish is pretty big, is it reasonably resistant to rain/snow fade? Is the size of the reflector designed so as to get very strong signals, or is its size neccessary just for the purpose of receiving the 5 orbital slots?
On a more ignorant level on my part, it looked like the arm supporting the LNBF assembley is offset from the reflector. I understand that this is an offset focal point dish. I thought that the placement of the LNBFs (all on one side of the assembly) accomplished this. Are my eyes deceiving me (not the greatest eyesight)? Is this another adjustment or is the LNBF assembly relative to the reflector already fixed when I put this thing together?
Well I have the monopoles - we get hurricane force winds here in Fort Collins - not CAT 5 stuff but 70-80s occasionally - but since you are anchored into concrete I would consider that pretty strong - but if you were able to do the alignment - I'd add the bracing. Your real issue will probably never be the dish blowing away but rather items the wind is carrying with it that hits the dish.Haako said:Thanks for the advice guys! I figured the strengths were abit low. I did get a "Searching for Sat" error once while channel surfing HD last night (in pretty clear skys) - so just confirmed my fears.
I found the instruction video and instruction book for the slimline in another thread - thinking of just learning how to do it myself. The guy ran a new 4 port ground block and wired all 4 ports as part of the install - but im only using 3 lines atm. It would be easy to bring a box and portable tv right next to the dish to do a fine tune. I appear to have a 2nd-Gen mount - so it looks straight-foward enuff.
anyways - like you guys mentioned with the monopoles - in a hurricane i would probebly want to bring it in and then put it back out again - best get a rough idea of how it works.