Originally Posted by Phil M
My neighbor is a factory authorized satellite system repair person for Northern California. He only works on RV's. He states this summer the satellite company's are changing the signals on all the satellites and all the present equipment on all the RV's will not be compatible with the new frequencies and will have to be replaced at a big cost to the customers. Todays systems run about $1500.00 and the new systems will be around $3200.00 . Check before you buy
I have heard this for the last 10 years. RV equipment is no different than residential equipment. They all hit the same Sats. That would mean every subscriber would need new receivers, or new smart cards for the receivers. Do you know how huge of a logistical problem that would be? It would take months to get the equipment distributed. When they make changes they are done in small steps that keep up with equipment obsolescence. MPEG2 to MPEG3 to MPEG4 as an example. The equipment is backwards compatible for years.
5 picker is correct on a manual 3 LNB dish. Once you do an initial setup to it, unless you have relocated hundreds of miles geographically the next setup is usually fast. I have interchangeable LNB's so I can hit either Dish 1000.4 Easten Arc or 1000.2 Western Arc sats. That gives me many more options when on wooded sites as the EA sats are high at 42* and almost due south, the WA sats are low at 24* and almost WSW.
I have ran this setup as much as 200' from the camper to find a spot through trees to get signal. If you go with roof mounted and camp where there are trees good luck.
@ DSQR......Yes you can have power pass splitters between receiver and dish. Coax must be RG6.