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Old 09-28-2012, 10:06 AM   #51
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I have a tripod in case i am in a wooded area and need to get out away from the trailer to get signal which usually takes less then 15 minutes inculding running cable etc.... i also have a bracket mounted to the top of my ladder which i use in open areas. I find it way quicker to get the signal. I am picky about having the trailer level and levelled the bracket when it was installed. With the outdoor kitchen i am able to turn the volume up so i can hear when I hit a signal and with bell it gets higher pitched the better the signal, usually my 6 yr old son will tell me the numbers as it gets close....lol
Last week was in Loudon NH, which is 500 miles south so i had to change the elevation a bit but still able to get it in in less then 5 minutes.....
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:25 PM   #52
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setting up tv

we have a Dish reciever we pay extra for and my husband has a sattelite finder on his Iphone usually takes about 15 minutes to set it up its a great app.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:36 PM   #53
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^^ What is the name of the app he uses?

The other important thing to keep in mind when manually aiming; is that it's much quicker if you go slow. What I mean is this: as mentioned by others get your mast level and set your dish angle. Then when you want to find the satellite, move the dish about a millimetre at a time (1/16 inch for my American friends.). Wait 10 seconds, then move it another millimetre. This may take you 10 minutes to do a full sweep of the area where the satellite should be, but trying to find it by covering more area will just end up taking longer.

I've had a few friends call me up frustrated; trying to aim their dish. I go out onto their roof and they offer me a GPS and/or compas. I tell them "no need", I look to see where the sun it, look at my watch, and then proceed to aim.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:10 AM   #54
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app for Iphone

dish for my rv satelite finder
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #55
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[QUOTE=ken0042;262044...Then when you want to find the satellite, move the dish about a millimetre at a time (1/16 inch for my American friends.)...[/QUOTE]

1.0 mm = 0.03937" to be exact. I always thought angles were measured in minutes, degrees, radians. Wrong again, dern it!
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:59 AM   #56
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using app

all you do is walk around holding phone in air looking like a idot and you have it ..... :0)
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #57
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as an update to my issues i was having aiming my sat lately, on my last outing, i took the whole tripod apart and started from scratch, making sure everything was tight....i also took the bubble level off the top of the mast and chucked it as far as i could!! apparently, it was the source of my frustration, as the top of the mast was not cut level from dish.....i went back to my "fence pole level" , using the dish pointer pro app on my phone for the angles, and a simple compass.....had a 75% signal lock on 110,119,and 129 in about 10 min total setup time!...

which only led to more frustration, as i had the opportunity to watch the texas rangers lose on friday, as well as texas tech on sat!!!.....luckily i had some campfire smoked jalapeno venison sausage, and cold beer to ease my pain...LOL
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:46 AM   #58
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I now have a Tailgator after having a dual LNB and then later a Triple LNB manual dish. The triple which was HD was much harder to get set up than the dual LNB. I went from 15 minutes to 30 to 60 minutes. This made me look at the Tailgator. I already had dish and the right receiver at home.

Setup is simple I get HD programming. The only negative I have is that each time the sat receiver is turned off you have to go through the 5/10 min setup and program guide download. When on Batts and not Pedistal power it can be a pain. I would like to find some way to cut power to the Tailgator by means of a switch on the Tailgator it's self so once its pointed in the right direction you don't have to go through the setup each time..
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:09 AM   #59
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yeah, that triple lnb can be a pain....i looked at the tailgater REAL hard this year, but just could not justify spending 375$ on something i would use maybe 5 times a year. it USUALLY only takes me 15min to set up and lock my triple lnb at 60-75% signal...

PLUS i bring one of my dual tuner boxes from home and i can watch one program on the main tv, and something totally different in the bunk, bedroom, or outside.....which is nice when i have my teenage son and his buddies with me....cant use my 922duo box with the tailgater.....

i guess thats the price i pay, and i get to keep setting up the triple lnb tripod...lol
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:23 AM   #60
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At the beginning of this season we purchased the Tailgater package and weíre very happy with it. Setup is easy as long as you have a clear shot at the southern sky. There are times when we have trees to deal with and we canít get a signal, or just pick up two of the three satellites. I like the fact that the basic programming package includes HD and local channels.

Once itís setup I have a length of light chain that I use to secure the Tailgater against theft.

1|234, we turn our receiver off every night and donít have to go through the setup or program download when we turn it back on the next morning.
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