Originally Posted by Bruck
Hi folks....I'm new to Direct TV. Love it at home and the installer was nice enough to give me a dish for the trailer too. Unfortunately I'm having a hell of a time getting a signal even when I have a direct view of the southern sky. I have the dish on a tripod, it is level and I even tried using a signal finder. Still no luck. Now, I have been attaching the coax to the outside cable connector instead of going directly to the receiver. Is there some alternate wiring through the antenna that is tripping me up or do you know of something else that I could perhaps be doing wrong.....or.....is pointing the satellite really just that hard and I should drop the $700-800 on an automatic satellite finder? Thanks for any tips you may have.
What year and model of RV do you have? We have an '06 SV264 and the outside cable connector will not carry the signal. It has the old RU or RG 59 cable, which is ok to receive catv if the campground has it. For satellite you need RG 6 cable. I bought 2 outside cable connectors and installed them for the bedroom and living area tvs. I bought a short RG 6 cable to connect from the inlet to the DTV receiver. The outside connectors have a weather cover and I caulked around the box. Last week we camped and I had 2 satellite receivers, the camp ground catv and for good measure I put up the antennae to get HD for couple of ball games!
When checking for signal make sure that you first connect to the DTV receiver and adjust the signal strength about halfway on the meter. My meter goes to 10 and adjust to get a 5 reading. Then connect the meter to the dish and aim to your satellite. When you lock in on the satellite signal the meter will give a full 10 signal strength on the meter. Then check your picture and the receiver should be searching. I talked to a DTV installer and he said some receivers get a signal immediately and some take as long 5 to 7 minutes.
When I first started doing this I was not patient and thought there was something wrong with the dish or receiver, when if I had been a little patient the signal would have pulled right up in a few minutes. I've found that the DTV equipment generally finds the signal pretty quickly. The Hughes usually takes a few minutes.