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Old 02-05-2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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Question Aiming Direct TV SWM Dish

Need some help from all you experienced RV'ers. I will have the direct TV Genie and Joey system in My CC . I will be setting up a tripod with SWM dish. Question
Will I need a meter to setup. If so what is a good one to buy?

Any advice ya'll can give will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:47 PM   #2
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What I need is how to fine tune it. I am afraid I might break something.


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Old 02-05-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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Need some help from all you experienced RV'ers. I will have the direct TV Genie and Joey system in My CC . I will be setting up a tripod with SWM dish. Question
Will I need a meter to setup. If so what is a good one to buy?

Any advice ya'll can give will be greatly appreciated.
I use an iPhone app to locate the satellite(s) so I can tell if trees/trailer/etc. block the antenna's "view" of them. That helps me place my antenna. Then I use the DIRECTV Genie set-up function and my TV to fine-tune the pointing. However, before I use the Genie set-up, I check and double check my antenna's settings for tilt, azimuth, elevation (especially elevation). I had to get my eyeball close to the elevation markings, else I couldn't see the index pointer for the degree marks.

Do a search for azimuth or Direct tv or DIRECTV and find many other threads where details are given and explained. Here's one: Direct TV
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:40 PM   #5
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Rick,
We have the same problem and are looking for a solution also. We have the SWM 5 and have had limited success at aiming the way Mr. Dan laid out in the above post. We tend to move about every 2 to 3 days and in the course of a month we will have to re align 10 to 15 times. We have about a 50% success rate.
When we got back from last trip we started looking and reading many post on the SWM system and have decided a meter may be our best bet. I have not ordered yet but I will post a link to the one we landed on. I would like to find a cheaper one or just have the success Dan has but I must not be doing something just right. Max Tracker Plus Satellite Signal Meter LOCKED
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The SWM 5 is very difficult to align without the proper meter. Even then it can be time consuming. I went to the SWM 3 Slimline and it is much easier. You still receive HD and local channels and enjoy your experience much more.


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We have a swm3 and don't own a meter. Once we have the dish mounted on the tripod we're usually good to go in 10 minutes or less. The key is to have a good stable tripod and make sure that the mast you mount your dish to is ABSOLUTELY plumb. No meter needed.
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Doh....... too many details for an old man. My set-up is NOT SWM5.
I have "DIRECTV KAKU SWM3 SWM 3 LNB SLIMLINE KA KU DISH SL3S MPEG4 HD 4WAY NEW SATELLITE".

Sorry.

I agree with mobil above... although I made my own antenna stand for CHEAP! See at link below.

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I put a lot of effort to building an easy to adjust tripod to use w my SWM3 dish w Directv. I practiced on my patio aiming and pointing from a couple of different spots. I never got comfortable doing it and only got good signal after much effort. It was just not easy to level the tripod easily. I finally listened to a number of different forum posters look at the tripod offered from Satellite TV for RV - Tripod - Slimline - Dish - DirectTV - RV television - Recreational Vehicles - RVers - DishTV - Satellite Dish - FTA - Tripod. I ordered their HD tripod setup in Nov then. Ecause of the early snow this year I was not able to try it at home. I have set it up now three times in 5 weeks and I am very glad thT I have this setup. Tripod and dish setup time is less then 15 minutes after my first time. I use the built-in meter on the receiver. I have a small flat screen that i setup on a folding table near the dish for instant feedback. I have to say that i have been spot on with aiming the second and third time I setup without any fine tuning necessary. I heartily endorse the H&G ENTERPRISES tripod offered on their website.
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I will give it a look.
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