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Old 09-13-2015, 08:57 PM   #51
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No matter what type of antenna used, tree's are the problem. Use what-ever is easiest for you to store and set-up
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:57 PM   #52
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I have seen this setup pics from you before and I now see better detail on the tripod leg slides... very nice setup... I expect you did the fabrication on the legs yourself? I had a similar tripod which I could NOT figure out how to easily level the legs...

There could be a market for a cheap easy-leveling tripod like this.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:38 AM   #53
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The hardest part with the Direct antenna is getting the mount level. While you are setting up the antenna you can turn on the Direct receiver and after the mount is level, then put your zip code in and it tells you the elevation and azimuth, the elevation is set on side of antenna and has marks for that and the azimuth is just which direction the antenna is pointing too. Then when you rotate the dish slowly you just listen for the signal with two phones or open a window or door. I was kinda of scared the first time I set up the antenna, I thought I would mess something up, I made setting the antenna up harder than it was. If I'm afraid a honest person might walk off with the antenna then I tie a long thin steel cable to everything and lock it to one the legs on camper


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Old 09-18-2015, 01:55 PM   #54
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I'm going to order another Directv DVR for my RV. So all I need is the portable Tripod and antenna. I rather have one that is shelf aligning but don't know what brand and how much they cost. If they are too expensive I will just setup the aim to the satellite with my signal finder. Does anyone know a portable unit that includes the dish and tripod (not for onto of RV).?
Check out SolidSignal's web site. They have complete antenna packages and individual components. We purchased the 5LNB package wihich included tripod, mast, mount, dish, 5LNB antenna, SWM power supply, 2-way splitter, short and long cables, and a (never used) flat through-the-window cable.

DirecTV also has a service called DNS (Distant Network Service) that provides the standard broadcast networks anywhere in the US. Unfortunately, to get this, you need a separate account for the RV because licensing agreements don't allow them to provide this service to your home. An alternative is to contact DTV every time you set up the portable dish and let them know your "current" address and zip code. They'll change your service address and you'll get the local broadcast stations which could be 500mi away. In the SW corner of NM, near the Mexican border, the "local" stations are from Albuquerque!

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I found a local vendor that sales the complete package, antenna, tripod, cables, connectors, satellite finder meter etc. for $100. Now I just need the direct receiver HD25-100. I found several people that sale them for around $100-$150. I have to make sure I find one that is legal and not a sold lease box scam.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:29 PM   #57
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If you use the Wineguard carry out it is hard to get the H24 you need. Have been trying for a month to get one from Direct tv. They want you to use the H25 which does not work with the dome. So don't spend a lot of money till you know you can get what you need. we ended up buying the regular dish to work with H25. If they get an H24 will go back to the dome.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:20 PM   #58
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Just to clarify. The link that you posted mentioned all you need is your TV and receiver. Do you use your home receiver and just transport it to your RV? I've been looking for a solution for when we buy our first Motor home in a few weeks.
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You can not take a Genie if Direct but we just take one out of another room. We finally got an H-24 so can use our Dome again. If you have a regular dish can use an H-25. We like the dome cause it finds the satellite by itself.
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You can not take a Genie if Direct but we just take one out of another room. We finally got an H-24 so can use our Dome again. If you have a regular dish can use an H-25. We like the dome cause it finds the satellite by itself.

We take the Genie from the house and use a dish, it takes longer to set up the antenna than it takes to get a signal. It is a easy operation, I made it hard but after the first time from then on a piece of cake


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