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Old 09-24-2008, 10:34 PM   #15
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We have used the VuQube antenna, it's got a remote control for finding the sat's...but only has memory for two sats, the 110 and 119...

We put a Winegard Travl'er on our 28 ft Ambassador...this unit is the greatest! As long as there's no trees blocking the signals, we just power up the Travl'er and it finds all three sat's by itself...it takes it about 5 min's, I believe it uses GPS to find out where it is, then proceeds to the proper elevation and azimuth for the Sat's...it also adjust the 'slew' to get the best possible signal...the Travl'er has a larger dish antenna and gets great signal strength, and allows for three coax antenna leads from the antenna...in you need em'.

We also subscribe to the the All American package that gets the East/West coast network channels, along with all the normal Dish stuff.

I installed a 1500 watt inverter for AC power in the evening if we can't run the Honda 2000 watt generator when camped without hook-ups. It just 'loafs' along when we're running our TV stuff.

I plug the 22 inch LCD TV, Dish Receiver, DVD player and Travl'er control box into an isolated plug strip. I can then plug the strip into the inverter or the shore power outlet as required, and we are protected for voltage spikes as well!

When running on the inverter in the evening, it's important to run the genny each morning to recharge the battery bank...if you let your batteries get too low, it takes hours and hours to recharge...a little each day gets the job done best!
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:36 AM   #16
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"satellite finder" box"

Is this all I need? Satellite Finder Dish Alignment Tool
It's $15 here, +- $35 elsewhere.

There is a wide variety of units and price ranges.
Satellite Signal Meters & Finders
satellite finder - TV Accessories - Shopping.com

Any reason to spend $75 when I can spend $15?

Now all that is left is a tripod. I don't want anything too elaborate because when it travels with the camper, space is extremely limited.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-25-2008, 11:30 AM   #17
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"satellite finder" box"

Is this all I need? Satellite Finder Dish Alignment Tool
It's $15 here, +- $35 elsewhere.

There is a wide variety of units and price ranges.
Satellite Signal Meters & Finders
satellite finder - TV Accessories - Shopping.com

Any reason to spend $75 when I can spend $15?

Now all that is left is a tripod. I don't want anything too elaborate because when it travels with the camper, space is extremely limited.

Thanks for the info.
We really our Accu-Dish base. It comes in a compact zipper bag and is ideal for a two satellite dish. There is a photo in post #6 on this thread. I think they are located in Long Beach CA.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:21 PM   #18
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I will keep the Accu-dish in mind. Their web site is gone(???), but there is a phone number. I stumbled across a thread from some other forum, and the reviews were mixed:
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Technology Corner: Anyone Using Accu-Dish Leveling Device

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My husband says the dish I thought we could use has only a single LNBF, and he wants a twin LNBF dish. I found a nice little combination for $99:
InstallerOasis.com*::*Satellite Dish Tripods*::*Tripod System Kits*::*Dish Network 500 Satellite Tripod Kit

The tripod that comes with it looks sturdy enough:
InstallerOasis.com*::*Satellite Dish Tripods*::*Satellite Dish Tripods*::*2ft. Satellite Dish Tripod Mount | Galvanized
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To use a dish with with a twin LNBF, the base must have some method to adjust the post to make it vertical in order coordinate the three adjustments on the back of the dish. This can be done with a tripod, using shims under the legs. The Accu-Dish has an adjustable "ball joint" on the post making vertical alignment very easy. No shims needed. Works easily on a uneven ground. The base fills with water for weight and has cable loops for nailing to the ground. They are not cheap, but work really slick.
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I just did a search. Accu-Dish in Cerritos may have closed their doors. That's what a distributor in Woodburn, OR says.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:07 PM   #21
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"satellite finder" box"

Is this all I need? Satellite Finder Dish Alignment Tool
It's $15 here, +- $35 elsewhere.
Your Receiver has a built in signal strength meter that is far better than an signal finder.

Use the receiver menu to select Set Up, put in the local zip code, this will give you the compass and elevation numbers and then just set the antenna and tune for max. signal strength and your done.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:25 PM   #22
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Howie...the difference is that with the small in-line meter (you can get one at Radio Shack for under $20, I believe) you can 'tweak' in the signal much better than the signal strength screen on your TV...

You hook the in-line meter out at the antenna during initial set-up, you can easily find the sat's signals after you know the approximate angle and azimath...when you get the best signal you can tighten the antenna mounts and constantly check on the best signal...

I've done this many times in the past, and believe me, it's much easier with the in-line meter - you get instant feedback, while the meter on your TV screen lags a bit.
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Meter makes it a snap for sure.
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:53 PM   #24
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I saw the other day a guy on-line that used a stepping block (concrete U make walks wiff) that he bought a Lowes for $4.00 and drilled it wiff a concrete drill,put in a plastic insert and screwed the pole mount that comes wiff the kit to the block. It will fold flat for transport. I'm gonna try it. I'm searching for a system now.
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Yes, you can run your Dish Box and LCD TV from an inverter connected to your 12v battery. You will need an inverter that supplies enough a/c watts to run both. The watt draw should be shown on the devices. You will also need an in-line "satellite finder" box to locate the satellite signal. A compass won't do the job.

You will need lots of battery capacity to watch TV for any length of time without running your battery down.
We're getting a 19" lcd tv (draw = 290W) and our Dish 301 averages 60W* according to dishnetwork . A 1500W inverter seems like overkill. Maybe 800W would be adequate. Maybe even 500W. I also discovered that some inverters don't come with a 12V plug (to discourage people from plugging an inverter into their car that is draws more power than the wiring can handle?). Is the wiring to a 12V plug in a camper beefier than that, or will we have to run wires to the battery compartment? Our camper is a '96 Lance, if that matters.

We don't plan to do any boondocking in the Safari.

*"Power supply draw: 0.15 - 1.25 amps, average 0.25 amps; 15 - 230 watts, average 60 watts, exact on back panel"
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I just did a search. Accu-Dish in Cerritos may have closed their doors. That's what a distributor in Woodburn, OR says.
I don't see where this was addressed. I talked to Dish Network, and got names and phone numbers of two retailers in the Eastern LA area.
Dish Link, Inc. 714-577-0070

Astro View 951-471-0524


They should be able to help with dishes, receivers, and other issues.
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Your Receiver has a built in signal strength meter that is far better than an signal finder.

Use the receiver menu to select Set Up, put in the local zip code, this will give you the compass and elevation numbers and then just set the antenna and tune for max. signal strength and your done.
Gota to agree with Howie here. Unless you have a multi hundred dollar signal meter the one in your receiver is much better than the $20 version. They are intended for rough pointing only.
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