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Old 06-15-2016, 07:34 AM   #1
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Does anyone use a satellite dish?

Any recommendations? When you travel do you need a homebase? What are steps to get set up? I prefer something light and do not want to to put it on the roof.

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Old 06-15-2016, 07:46 AM   #2
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I use DirecTV

I use DirecTV. I also use a 18"X20" standard definition dish on a tripod. It depends which system you use, Direct or Dish Network. I take a receiver that works on standard definition with me. takes about 20 mins to set up. Or you can get one of the auto antenna pods for your system.

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Old 06-15-2016, 07:50 AM   #3
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I have a carry out satellite dish for DirecTV. It was spendy but well worth it if you can get a good view of the southern sky.
You will need a standard receiver for the unit also.
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:21 AM   #4
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I have DirecTV at home.

When frequenting places that I know don't have cable, I carry a HD (High Definition) DirecTV dish and take one of the receivers/DVR from the house.

When a customer has DirecTV and moves to another location, the dish stays behind and you take the receiver with you to the new house. Many dishes are hanging on the sides of houses that are useless.

I asked around and found several folks willing to let me have the dish for free!
All I had to do was take it down.
I got 3 or 4 at the time.
I built a PVC stand for one and set it up at home to get it working.

Once the dish was dialed in, then all I have to do is level the stand (at the campsite) and turn the dish to the appropriate position. (Dish Pointer app works great for this)
Takes about 10 minutes to set-up and connect the wire.

It is a bit big (being a dish for HD channels) but works well.
Someone makes folding hinges for the arm that sticks out the front which makes it slightly more portable.

If you don't care about HD you can use the smaller SD (Standard Definition) dish.
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:57 AM   #5
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I have DIRECTV at home, also. I take my main Genie receiver and one mini-Genie from home. I bought an HD antenna for $60 and made my own base for $11 or so worth of parts (see pic).

I use a process similar to 5picker's to get HD service on 2 TVs in 20 minutes max.
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:13 AM   #6
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We got tired of hauling around the big stationary dish and playing the 'find the satellite' game at every stop. We bought the tailgater auto dish that works with our receivers at home. We use Dish. Now I use an app on the phone to ensure I find a spot to place the tailgater that has clear shot to the satellites and by the time I finish setting up the rig I also have HD TV. If we are staying a few days I call up dish and have them change my local channels to the zip code where I am. Direct won't do that.

There are several auto dishes out there and they are well worth it!!!!! Saves you time and are easy to store and much less frustrating

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Old 06-15-2016, 09:15 AM   #7
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I use a 3 lnb directv HD dish on a small Xmas Tree stand that can be leveled, which receives from 3 Directv sats. I then use a small satellite strength meter that allows me to find Directv Sat 101.

It took a little practice, but I can now align the dish in less than 5 minutes, assuming a clear view to the sky. I bring my home sat receiver with me. This 3 lnb dish gets me HD. Some are happy with receiving only from one Directv satellite, which only gets you SD video, using a smaller dish that is even easier to set up.

It is like learning to back your TT - a little practice and it will eventually be easy.
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:16 AM   #8
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I bought a dish 1000.2 on a tripod to take to Florida and leave there. I haven't bought a receiver yet and don't know that I will. I've been taking an extra one out of the house (from wife's sewing room) and using it while I play with the dish and the windjammer wiring here at home.

As it is now I can plug the dish cable into the satellite connection on the side of the trailer and get dish on both living room and bedroom tv's, I don't think I've tried the outside tv jack yet. Same channel though. I think I might be able to live with the same channel instead of spending another $85 for a receiver and another $7 per month. My dish bill is terrible as it is.
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Old 06-15-2016, 09:36 AM   #9
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I have the Dish Network TailGater which I use with a dish Receiver taken from my home, this combo results in no Extra charges per month, when I return home I just plug the receiver back up here at home.
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Old 06-15-2016, 01:03 PM   #10
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I bought the portable king dome unit and a dish mobile receiver last year. I wasn't happy with it on HD or SD after several attempts. It would only pull down one satellite so channels were limited. Might have been a bad king dome unit but I never did the troubleshooting and just shelved it. Who needs tv anyway when we are supposed to be enjoying the great outdoors! 😊

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