Satellite dish – Winegard questions

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I do the same as George and have both roof mount (crank-up) and portable (on tripod).  I can also highly recommend Weingard’s "Digital Magic" for the elevation setting. In fact I liked it so much on the roof mount that I got one for the portable.  Once the elevation is set (all systems have a setup page where you plug in a current zip code to get elevation setting and azimuth in degrees) it is simple to "rotate" the azimuth to the satellite. Takes me less than a minute to lock-on… Love it … Gary Niederhuth Yucca Valley, CA For E-mail remove the X in my address! – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – Mickey, I have both a roof mount and a portable dish.  About 60% of the time, I get a clear shot from the roof-mount.  That way, it takes about 30 seconds to lock onto the satellite.  I have a manual roof mount, so I can line it up quick.  The motorized roof-mounts take a lot longer.  If I have to set up the tripod-mounted dish, it takes me about 20 minutes to get it out, uncoil the cable, find a clear shot and get it working.  Several times, the camp-site was so tree congested that we read books {grin}. George Don, Before spending that $200 give thought to where you will be camping. You’ll need a clear view of the southern sky, no clear view, no reception. Trees are a killer.  I’ve had to run 50′ of cable out on more than one occassion to get a clear shot.  I cheep tripod and 50′ of cable and reception beats the hell out of a fancy coach mount and no reception. Hope this gives you some food for thought. Mickey Mathena

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I am considering buying a Winegard roof mounted satellite dish from Camping World ($200). I have two questions: 1.  Is this dish suitable for my DirectTV subscription? 2.  Is this an installation that is reasonable for the do-it-yourselfer?  I installed my own solar panel, so I’m confident that I can do the job if I

I have one but I use Dish Network.  I have seen many Direct TV satellite subscribers using the same dish.  As for as the install is concerned, if you have the right tools do it.  They won’t charger you more than an hour labor to do it though and around here, MI, that’s about $62.  If it doesn’t work, they may very well blame you if you install it yourself which could cause you major heartburn if they won’t honor the warranty.   Good luck Danny

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Don, We have the Winegard auto seeking dish installed on our motorhome roof.  I installed it myself, but it was only running 2 cables to the inside.  You will have to drill a bigger hole to accommodate the positioning levers and cranks.  I would route  the cable from the LNB to the receiver to a spot close to where you will mount the receiver.  All the "little dishes" are compatible with Dish Network or DirecTV. It is just a matter of which receiver. There are some folks who think it is best NOT to mount the dish on the roof, but rather on a tripod.  You can move it out beyond the trees if you want.  As you know from your home installation, you need a clear view to the south and positioning is pretty time consuming. I mounted ours on the roof, but I screwed up in 1 minor area.  I should have found one of the roof trusses to at least put 2 screws into.  Our roof is a EDPM rubber roof, and under it is just a 1/4" layer of plywood over the metal roof trusses.  1/4" is not much wood for holding power.  It is really held down by rubber roof caulk. hth, ron I am considering buying a Winegard roof mounted satellite dish from Camping World ($200). I have two questions: 1.  Is this dish suitable for my DirectTV subscription?

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I am considering buying a Winegard roof mounted satellite dish from Camping World ($200). I have two questions: 1.  Is this dish suitable for my DirectTV subscription? 2.  Is this an installation that is reasonable for the do-it-yourselfer?  I installed my own solar panel, so I’m confident that I can do the job if I am sure what to do.  Obviously, I will have to cut a hole in the roof, and run the cable.  Cutting the hole is scary but its pretty obvious how to do it. Running the cable is not quite so obvious to me unless it does not enter the coach where the dish is mounted.  I plan on leaving my regular TV antennae undisturbed so that I may use it for Network programming. If you can lend any advice, I would appreciate it. FWIW, before I bought my solar panel I ran it by this newsgroup and by the time I bought the panel I knew exactly what to buy and how to install it. If you have never asked for advice before, give it a try before your next purchase and/or installation.  You might be surprised by the things you didn’t think of or know. Thanks. Don MacCluskie

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Mickey, I have both a roof mount and a portable dish.  About 60% of the time, I get a clear shot from the roof-mount.  That way, it takes about 30 seconds to lock onto the satellite.  I have a manual roof mount, so I can line it up quick.  The motorized roof-mounts take a lot longer.  If I have to set up the tripod-mounted dish, it takes me about 20 minutes to get it out, uncoil the cable, find a clear shot and get it working.  Several times, the camp-site was so tree congested that we read books {grin}. George – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – Don, Before spending that $200 give thought to where you will be camping. You’ll need a clear view of the southern sky, no clear view, no reception.  Trees are a killer.  I’ve had to run 50′ of cable out on more than one occassion to get a clear shot.  I cheep tripod and 50′ of cable and reception beats the hell out of a fancy coach mount and no reception. Hope this gives you some food for thought. Mickey Mathena

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Don, Before spending that $200 give thought to where you will be camping.  You’ll need a clear view of the southern sky, no clear view, no reception.  Trees are a killer.  I’ve had to run 50′ of cable out on more than one occassion to get a clear shot.  I cheep tripod and 50′ of cable and reception beats the hell out of a fancy coach mount and no reception. Hope this gives you some food for thought. Mickey Mathena

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