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Old 08-31-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Need help with satellite TV questions

Hello fellow Georgetowners!

So here we are enjoying the new MH and lo and behold, we have super crappy cable reception.

Thinking about getting a satellite TV service but getting really confused with everything I'm trying to read out there. We have home Directv and have an extra SD receiver we can use (know I have to get N extra satellite dish if I do this). I've read that it's legal and other places it isn't.

Can't seem to find accurate info on how much Directv Mobile Choice programming would be. Saw on KVH site that it's only $5 more a month but their "dish" is $1300-2500. Winegard has price packages $30 and up per month.

Help?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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With dish it an extra 5 bucks a month. The cable hook up are junk on a least some Georgetowns.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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With dish it an extra 5 bucks a month. The cable hook up are junk on a least some Georgetowns.
Do you mean the cable connections are junk? I thought to try to tighten connections but can't get to them without first ripping everything out, so not sure I want to do that. However, if connections aren't tight enough, it wouldn't matter if I went satellite because the signal would still be crappy.

DVD plays great and antenna reception for digital channels are good.
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Do you mean the cable connections are junk? I thought to try to tighten connections but can't get to them without first ripping everything out, so not sure I want to do that. However, if connections aren't tight enough, it wouldn't matter if I went satellite because the signal would still be crappy.

DVD plays great and antenna reception for digital channels are good.
I would unscreww all the connections starting from your outside cable connection and check the center conductor for a thin film left on it when they installed.
I had this happen and started looking closer and behold the center conductor was not copper colored and had a thin fild that I stripped away with my nail and all was good.

Now the digital local antenna has to have the little button pushed to activate the 12 volt amp built into the wall. This usually is in the same area where you see a white wall plate and a 12 volt dc round connector.
See my picture and see the back button to turn on.
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I've got the digital amplifier thing figured out. The cable channels are horrible, very fuzzy. It gets better late at night though.

Going to have to check out your other process. Not sure I completely understand the center connection....do you mean from the main cable connector in the rig in the lower compartment?
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I've got the digital amplifier thing figured out. The cable channels are horrible, very fuzzy. It gets better late at night though.

Going to have to check out your other process. Not sure I completely understand the center connection....do you mean from the main cable connector in the rig in the lower compartment?
I mean the cable connectors outside behind the compartment where you hookup to campground cable as well as the ones on the back of the swtich box .
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Hello fellow Georgetowners!

So here we are enjoying the new MH and lo and behold, we have super crappy cable reception.

Thinking about getting a satellite TV service but getting really confused with everything I'm trying to read out there. We have home Directv and have an extra SD receiver we can use (know I have to get N extra satellite dish if I do this). I've read that it's legal and other places it isn't.

Can't seem to find accurate info on how much Directv Mobile Choice programming would be. Saw on KVH site that it's only $5 more a month but their "dish" is $1300-2500. Winegard has price packages $30 and up per month.

Help?
We have DirecTV at home and in the RV. The price is basically the same as adding a room. In our case we have a Tivo unit in the coach so we record programs at home and can watch them when there are tree issues. We have a Wingard Dome on the roof. As for local programming though you might lose that if you're too far from home. We receive our local channels when in Myrtle Beach which is about 500 miles away.
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Could the cable problem be the connection from the cable on the post? Can you try using your neighbor's connection to test it? Don't forget the TV has to scan for new channels, the switch box has to be "switched" to the right setting and holding a wire coat hanger bent at the right angle has been known to help. Okay...the coat hanger is not really necessary.

We have the Wingard Carryout with DirecTV and bring a receiver from the house. Just set it down and connect it. It twirls and grinds and can usually find the signal. If not we just move it and try again. We're able to use the "Park Cable In" connector but have to switch some cables from the switch box the the receiver to get the signal to different TVs.

It can get very frustrating if you switch from cable to satellite unless you have the built in roof sat but if you're under a tree with the roof sat you're out of luck. At least the carry out or another portable system gives lets you locate the dish so you can find a signal. You do lose local programs if you get too far from home.

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After much fuss I finally got my dish to work. I have a Georgetown 350 ts and the tv is midship. I never got the coax to work, never figured out why. I added an outside tv and ran a hdmi hiding it behind moldings. Though this works so well, but that shuts off the coax in the dish receiver, and you can't split a hdmi. Finally removed DVD player and found a red white yellow. Put a ab switch, now that works fine, but when I tried to use reg tv very low signal. Completely baffled! Good old Iggy came to my rescue! When he posted the picture of the antenna switch, duh, I had inadvertently bumped the switch shutting off the antenna. Turned the switch on and it all works!!! Just as a side note if you have dish and you do not use for a couple of months you have to call and have your unit pinged, same if you winter in the south and are from the Midwest. Thanks Iggy!
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Hello fellow Georgetowners!

So here we are enjoying the new MH and lo and behold, we have super crappy cable reception.

Thinking about getting a satellite TV service but getting really confused with everything I'm trying to read out there. We have home Directv and have an extra SD receiver we can use (know I have to get N extra satellite dish if I do this). I've read that it's legal and other places it isn't.

Can't seem to find accurate info on how much Directv Mobile Choice programming would be. Saw on KVH site that it's only $5 more a month but their "dish" is $1300-2500. Winegard has price packages $30 and up per month.

Help?
If you have a extra receiver at home, all you need is the dish. It will cost you nothing extra, I have direct tv dish and just take the bedroom reciever with me and plug it in if you want local stations just use your RV antenna for that. In the set up mode it will ask what your zip code is where you are and then it will give you all the settings. It's that easy. I have never heard of anything being illegal anywhere you do not need the DTV mobile at all.......Just make sure you turn off the amp at the wall connection......
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