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Old 12-12-2014, 10:51 PM   #21
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I use the app sat finder and dish aligner on my phone
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:28 PM   #22
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So is this way cheaper than having it directly installed in your RV? Cause we are pretty stationary and have it wired into ours from a dish they installed outside and AT&T was installed here previously so they just hooked it up to the old box and set it up for us.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:05 AM   #23
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I just added the SD receiver to my home account, knowing that when I go more than 100-150 miles outside my zip I will lose local channels that I never watch anyway. Supposedly there's an extra RV charge that Direct TV charges for roaming dishes, what they don't know wont hurt them...I've had the receiver for 6 months now on a portable tripod, and collapsible dish, No issues. There are remote islands off the coast of NC where direct tv is about all you can get.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:48 AM   #24
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Just depends on how much you want to deal with, and if your travel'n all the time..Some people don't look where their walk'n, and guess what? Your coax is lay'n on the ground....
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:05 PM   #25
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I have a winegard carryout satellite available for 250 dollars. It comes with everything you need except the direct TV box. It finds satellites you plug it in
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:41 PM   #26
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Hold up a second. You have one Genie and one or more mini Genies. The mini Genies are NOT stand alone. They are slaves that take all programkong from the Genie. If you have wireless minis then you need to take three things in the RV with you. Genie, video bridge, mini genie. The mini will get signal to a bed room TV. The Genie will provide signal for a LR TV.
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:59 PM   #27
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BTW: New Year greetings from DirecTV.... (I have them). Now that AT&T purchased DTV, a nice price increase for the new year.....oh joy.
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Old 12-30-2015, 01:12 PM   #28
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Interesting topic and "near" to my heart. I just changed from DirecTV to Dish.

For RV'ers: First of all, if you are on Direct and want "local channels" (really should be called Major TV Networks), you will need to setup a separate RV account including DNS (Distant Network Services). DNS service will give you either Los Angeles or New York ABC, CBS, etc. And the cost is very high. If you don't want "locals" you can use your home account and receiver as others have described.

If you are on Dish, they changed their programming for "locals" last year. Dish used another service to give their subscribers access to "locals" but changed, I believe, last year. Now, it is very easy for RV'ers to have real local channels. All you have to do is to call Dish and tell them your SERVICE address has changed, and give them the address and zip code for the RV park. In about 20 minutes, you will start receiving "locals" that are really the ones in your area. When you move, just repeat this procedure. I don't know how boondockers would work with this.

Now, why did I change from Direct to Dish. Price was one factor with the Dish promotion for a two year lock on prices. I was paying $100.00 per month for Direct, now I am paying $7.00 per month (because I changed the house from cable to Dish, I just have a second receiver charge). Secondly, after the sale of Direct to AT&T, the service has really gotten bad and they have screwed around with the satellites. In the past, Direct HD used satellites 101, 110, 119, 99ca, 99 cb, 193 ca, and 193 cb. Now, they have changed to use 99, 101 and 103. 110 and 119 no longer carry anything of any value. So, the RV'ers that had older automatic antennas had to get software updates in order to function. This happened around June of this year. It appears that Winegard was the only antenna that did not require an update. So my RV friends had to spend time and money to switch things around.


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99 & 103 are HD channels, 101 the SD channel, that's why you need a 3 LNB antenna. A HD receiver with a 3LNB should see a signal on 99(CA)(CB), 101, 103(CA)(CB). The 110/119 would only show up on a 5LNB antenna.

So, with my new RV, I added a Dish antenna. I take a receiver from the house, hook it up, and I get HD in the RV.

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Out in the desert here, I just view the 'locals' on the ant., and use my auto find 'dish' for other channels. have'n Direct at home, I bought a sat receiver for rv and the cost is $6 per month
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:49 PM   #30
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My folding dish and tripod cost me $15 at the flea market. The compass I had from my Army Ranger days....My receiver is SD, so I just point it in that direction and wiggle it a little, and I have signal in about 10 seconds after I unfold the dish and and connect the cable. If someone steals it I can get another one I guess. But it looks like crap, almost an eye sore. LOL I don't see anyone wanting that...I have seen people try to steal those carry outs before. They are so light, and demand is so high I think makes them a popular target for drive up thieves. AT 250 bucks a pop I would worry about someone taking it while I was asleep.
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