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Old 01-23-2011, 09:58 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by bobsquarepants View Post
I built one of these... sat works just fine and is a good conversation piece
I also built one of those and have used it for 6 years now with no problems. The low profile makes it very stable in high winds. People at the camp grounds are always asking about it.

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Old 01-23-2011, 12:01 PM   #12
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I have been doing this for a few years, with HD the signal is a little more diffcult to get but with pratice it works. Also keep in mind the adjustment between magnatic and actual on compass readings, that's what gets most people just learning how to do this.

Before I go i use this to get the setting from this site;
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Here is a good reference site they also sell most parts and have a good customer service to help you get it all working.

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Old 01-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #13
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Not easy finding all 5 sats for HD viewing. And you'll need a 5 LNB sat. dish to do so (if you subscribe to Directv's HD programming). That dish requires tilt, azemuth and elevation to find all 5 sats. and the mount MUST BE PERFECTLY LEVEL TO START. you'll need a compass and inline sat. finder which screams or clicks (depending on model) when you find a sat. This is misleading cause it will indicate when you find ANY sat., even the non-Directv sats. So, you will have to be pretty close on your compass heading right from the beginning.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:46 AM   #14
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note, Direct TV has reworked there Sat configuration you no londger need 5 to get HD, I think it is the 101 you nolonger need unless you want the non english language channels. There standard LNB setup is now back down to 3 which is much easier to setup, and with a slimline dish you can drop to one LNB.

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