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Old 02-11-2008, 06:12 AM   #15
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I have Winegard meter and found it to be of little value. I suppose it may make a nice night light. Along with a sturdy tripod, the most useful tools I have are a small digital compass and a bubble level. As Michelle said, once the mast is vertical, it only takes a few minutes to set up a standard definition dish.

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:07 AM   #16
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Michelle Mamzelle, I checked the acutrac III Pro and also saw the Channel Master model 10081FD at this site SATELLITE METERS, LOCATORS AND FINDERS
If you were interested only in Dish Network HD and Free2Air HD, Which one would you prefer? Comments from anyone else are also very welcome.

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Old 02-11-2008, 06:09 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by FrenchBern
Michelle Mamzelle, I checked the acutrac III Pro and also saw the Channel Master model 10081FD at this site SATELLITE METERS, LOCATORS AND FINDERS
If you were interested only in Dish Network HD and Free2Air HD, Which one would you prefer? Comments from anyone else are also very welcome.
THe accutrac III does the same things as the channel master. It has a digital bar read out and I peak three sats at the same time. I love mine. some of the pro prefer the bird dog.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:08 PM   #18
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Dish network

I use Dish network, which uses Sats 110 and 119. They also use 129 for High Definition, but we don't use that option yet.
I use an Accudish base and a dual LNB dish. The base has a ball joint mounting with a level so that the post may be set properly.
Using the zip code, I can find the three settings needed for whatever location I wish.
I set up the base, slide the dish onto the base, hook up the meter, aim toward the compass setting indicated and watch the meter to find the sat.
It usually takes about five minutes, start to finish.
I like this set-up better than one mounted on the roof because, being portable, I don't get cought behind trees etc.

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:11 PM   #19
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Ours is similar, but with less "features". It took me about 15 minutes to find satellite 119, but I was using the "look at the other dishes and see where they are pointed" method. I now have a small compass that will help a lot next time.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:12 AM   #20
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Have you looked at the new VuQube antenna...

...It's portable and really easy to set up.

You just set it on a level surface, hook up the co-ax antenna lead to your Sat TV receiver. You then use the included wireless remote control to tune into the req'd sat's. You just use the setup screen on your TV as you use the remote to move the antenna around to the correct position.

We have Dish TV, and you can put two Sat locations into the remote control when tuned so you can switch between Sat's as needed.

The VeQube only has one LNB inside, so you can only tune to one Sat at a time. For Dish, most of the programing is on th the 119 Sat, but you can switch to the 110 Sat with the push of one button, and back again when needed.

When switching between Sat's, you get the 'lost signal' message on the Dish receiver, and have to wait for about a minute to reaquire the signal on the new sat...kind of a pain, but it does work easy, and is very easy to set up, compared with the old tripod setup.

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