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Old 07-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #11
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With this setup. Did you have someone inside looking at the tv to fine tune the satellite signal? Curious how you found your satellite.

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Old 07-25-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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He said he saw that one in the campground. If you have DirecTV I hear you can tune with the receiver. With Dish, the receivers are too slow to respond when there's no signal so you need a "Satellite Finder" meter (~$25).

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Old 07-25-2013, 07:37 PM   #13
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Had the DirecTV antenna with a receiver from home, what a PITA to get set up, plus it is just too big and bulky. Bought the Dish Tailgater and have used it on our current 4-month camping trip and love it. Got a basic programming package of 60 channels for $39 and Distant Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) for $12, pay-as-you go.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:39 PM   #14
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A signal meter as mentioned above Is the easiest way to lock in a signal. You can use a signal meter with all directv dish pointing except for the SWM systems. Leveling is a must with any setup and without it you will not be successful. BTW I can lock in a signal in a matter of minutes, so it can be just takes practice.

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Old 07-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #15
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Thanks for the input. Just looking for an easy setup but is the Winegard Anser that easy or does it have issues? Any Anser users out there? It is half the price of the automatic.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:01 AM   #16
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Just figured I would take the receiver on the road for free since I already have Directv (switched from DISH a few years ago for several issues). HD may not be that critical with my incredible $500 Konka TV that came with my Rockwood TT. Is Tailgater a better brand than Winegard?
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:39 AM   #17
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I think Winegard is the better brand, but Tailgater is considerably cheaper than anything Winegard currently has, but only works for Dish so that's not an option for you. Since you want something automatic, I suggest calling Winegard and asking them your question about Anser getting all of the channels on DirecTV. You could also go to a local DirecTV installer and ask them about channel availability if you only have their Sat 101 (which is all that Anser gets).
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:09 PM   #18
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I have Direct and don't care about HD. I have sd receivers so only have to hit one sat. I use a sat mount I found on the net. T've used it for 5 years with no problem. You make it yourself using pvc pipe and only costs about $20 in material. It's wind resistant and easily portable. Including the link below.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #19
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Carryout vs. Anser: I have Carryout with DirecTV. I chose the Carryout because it can be mounted to the ladder on the RV (which I have done), and hard wired to power, etc. This way it's less susceptible to being disoriented by wind, etc., and if you're camped with a clear view to the satellite from the RV, you don't have to go out in the inclement weather to set it up. With Anser, you set the elevation for your area, then the Answer finds the satellite, but it is NOT totally automatic. I have extra cabling and can dismount the carryout and set it up on picnic table, etc., if I don't have clear view from the RV. its a PITA, though, and I won't do it for just an overnight.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #20
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I am in Canada on Shawdirect. I use a Winegard Carryout for SD. I can receive several HD channels as long as they are on the same satellite. I used to carry the dish, mount etc and find the satellite and works sometimes other times not. At $800 show price couldn't beat the option of the Carryout.

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