Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-13-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
TG Twinkie's Avatar
 
1974 Argosy 26
Morrill , Nebraska
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,140
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 5
Satellite TV

I have a Dish Network System in my home. With 2 dishes; One has 2 heads on it, the other has one head. Just recently I was informed by DN that the single head dish is no longer used, that everything (local and cable channels) come thru the dish with 2 heads now.
Is it possible to use the dish with one head for a portable unit? If so; Are there devices out there that can help you to locate the satellite when you are on the road in a campground or other location?
__________________

__________________
Knowledge: "A gift to be shared. A treasure to receive."
TG Twinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Mr & Mrs S's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Newton , Texas
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 582
Images: 6
Blog Entries: 2
Dish

I also have DN, and have two recievers. I took the extra reciever out of the house and installed it in the AS. I had a dish with only one head tried to use it to find signal. After hours of NOTHING. I gave up and call my brother in law and he said you have to have the one with two heads on it to work. Ok great I just so happen to have one of those too. So I changed them out and used the one with dual heads.
I did get a signal fairly quick. But I could never get the darned thing over 75% signal strength. After couple hours of trying that Mrs. S give up on me (she was watching the signal strength) and I called it quits and havent tried since.

While I was on an airplane I pick up a Trailer Life magaize and there was a article on 25 must have RV apps for Iphone. One of them is called "Dish for my RV satellite Finder" and it has some really great reviews. Its made for Dish Network only and helps you find the satellite needed to make your dish get signall. I havent used it myself yet but when I return home in July Im gonna give it a shot.
But so far for Mr.S vs Dish Network the score is Dish Network 2- Mr.S 0
__________________

__________________
MR. & MRS. S
--Streamin & Gleamin--
Airstreamless, but havent lost our passion for them. Currently looking for the next project!
Mr & Mrs S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
1985 31' Excella
Fresno , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 307
Images: 1
You can probably use the dish but I doubt if the LMB on it will work or only work on some channels because you have to tune two satellites to get all their signals from what I have heard. You can get a complete unit added for an RV. Direct TV is probably easier to use. There are also automatic systems out there that find the satellite by their self.
To set up a dish you enter zip code into the tv input and it will tell you the elevation to set the dish and also give you a magnetic compass heading. The receiver will beep when you get in the range of the signal and you get the beeps as fast as possible to tune it in.

I used to carry Star Band for Internet and also Direct TV. The Internet is a much better dish and easier to fine tune.
__________________
Wsmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
My Grandparents Airstream
 
Andrew Selking's Avatar
 
2007 28' Safari SE
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 171
Images: 15
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Selking
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsmith84 View Post
I also have DN, and have two recievers. I took the extra reciever out of the house and installed it in the AS. I had a dish with only one head tried to use it to find signal. After hours of NOTHING. I gave up and call my brother in law and he said you have to have the one with two heads on it to work. Ok great I just so happen to have one of those too. So I changed them out and used the one with dual heads.
I did get a signal fairly quick. But I could never get the darned thing over 75% signal strength. After couple hours of trying that Mrs. S give up on me (she was watching the signal strength) and I called it quits and havent tried since.

While I was on an airplane I pick up a Trailer Life magaize and there was a article on 25 must have RV apps for Iphone. One of them is called "Dish for my RV satellite Finder" and it has some really great reviews. Its made for Dish Network only and helps you find the satellite needed to make your dish get signal. I haven't used it myself yet but when I return home in July Im gonna give it a shot.
But so far for Mr.S vs Dish Network the score is Dish Network 2- Mr.S 0
I also have Dish Network never had been able to get 75 percent. Usually if I can get 35 to 40 percent I let it do its thing and call it good. I have not had a problem loosing the signal always seems to work. I asked a Dish Tech one time and he said higher is always better, but 30 or above will get a good signal most of the time.
__________________
Andrew Selking
WBCCI #6062
International 3rd Vice President

"Airstream the Best trailer ever built."
Andrew Selking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 10:53 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Mr & Mrs S's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Newton , Texas
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 582
Images: 6
Blog Entries: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Selking
I also have Dish Network never had been able to get 75 percent. Usually if I can get 35 to 40 percent I let it do its thing and call it good. I have not had a problem loosing the signal always seems to work. I asked a Dish Tech one time and he said higher is always better, but 30 or above will get a good signal most of the time.
Wow really! I was told I had to have 80 % or more for it to work. I tried it at 80% and all I got was a blue screen saying searching!
__________________
MR. & MRS. S
--Streamin & Gleamin--
Airstreamless, but havent lost our passion for them. Currently looking for the next project!
Mr & Mrs S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 11:03 PM   #6
My Grandparents Airstream
 
Andrew Selking's Avatar
 
2007 28' Safari SE
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 171
Images: 15
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Selking
I don't think you have found any satellites if that is what it says. I can usually get it to lock on at 10 percent. I then start adjusting to get it higher. Sometimes it says scanning for satellites,wait and then start adjusting.
__________________
Andrew Selking
WBCCI #6062
International 3rd Vice President

"Airstream the Best trailer ever built."
Andrew Selking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 11:36 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Jim Foster's Avatar
 
1965 17' Caravel
1983 27' Excella
Walnut Grove/Laguna Woods , California
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,615
Send a message via Yahoo to Jim Foster
We have Dish network. Our programming comes from satellites 110 and 119. For years I used a single LNB dish, pointing to 119, which gave us most of our programming. I now use a double LNB dish and get both 110 and 119, giving us all of our programming. The double LNB dish has two cable connections, one for each receiver. Only one cable is needed unless you have two receivers.
I use a Winegard satellite finder with the receiver "check switch" sat number set for 119. Connect either cable on the dish to the satellite finder, and on to sat 2 input on the receiver box. Find the satellite using the instructions that come with the satellite finder When doing the "check switch", you will get several error messages regarding missing sat inputs. Ignore the messages.

Anything over about 30% will work just fine.

Works just fine. The set up usually takes me under 10 minutes. Sometimes under 5 minutes, but when you have done something 100 times, it does get a little easier.

Oh,,,,, the reason you want to connect to sat #2 on the receiver is that when the receiver updates in the middle of the night, it will leave you with an error on sat#2 if the cable is connected to #1. For some reason, it does not leave an error if no cable is connected to #1, but to #2 only. I don't know why this is so, just know that it is so.
__________________
Past President, El Camino Real Unit WBCCI#6620
Street Rod Builder (see avatar)
Kite flier (check out links below)
http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1_U2XQ0bI
Jim Foster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 05:19 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Mr & Mrs S's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Newton , Texas
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 582
Images: 6
Blog Entries: 2
Satellites

Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Selking View Post
I don't think you have found any satellites if that is what it says. I can usually get it to lock on at 10 percent. I then start adjusting to get it higher. Sometimes it says scanning for satellites,wait and then start adjusting.

Sorry I wrote my last post wrong.

What I ment to say is, I was told that I had to have a minimum of 80% signal for it to work properly(From my brother in law that setup up Sattellites in the mid 90's). I tired to get 80% but never got over 75%. You say you never have gotten 75% so can you imagine how hard Im out there tweaking up and down thinking that I have to get 80% or higher for it to work.
I know I had a satellite, at first yes I had the wrong satellite after looking online and finding out that if you have a red signal bar your on the wrong satellite and if you have a green singal bar your on the right satellite.

I prolly had it the entire time and didnt even know it.....The whole time I was doing this process I was looking for 80% or better.

Ill try agian another day....If I dont get it Ill be coming through Dallas mid July and Ill stop by for your expert advise.
__________________
MR. & MRS. S
--Streamin & Gleamin--
Airstreamless, but havent lost our passion for them. Currently looking for the next project!
Mr & Mrs S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 08:43 AM   #9
Lost in America
 
mojo's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
2006 25' Safari FB SE
2004 19' International CCD
Oak Creek , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,507
I got tired of lugging the dish and tripod along and messing with sighting through trees, etc. So now we just bring the DVR receiver along all ready loaded with movies and assorted shows that we like but don't have time to watch at home. That way we're not at the mercy of programing schedules and can zip past the commercials.
__________________
This is the strangest life I've ever known - J. Morrison

The Nest Egg - 2015 Airstream International Serenity 27FB
2017 Silverado 2500HD Chevy Duramax Diesel

mojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2011, 08:35 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Denis4x4's Avatar
 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Currently Looking...
Durango , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,111
Several years ago, DishNet work advised everyone that they were changing the signal strength numbers and anything over 30% was fine.
__________________
Denis4x4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 01:50 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
JFScheck's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Rockville , Maryland
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,474
Images: 33
Need to setup an antenna for my HD channels at my new forward operating base - anyone know of a good site that has the Direct TV dish packages (dish and stand or pole mount) that are reasonable?
__________________
John "JFScheck" Scheck
2015 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL
2015 Mercedes Sprinter 3500 XL Chassis with Mercedes BlueTec V6 Diesel
**I Love U.S.A.**
JFScheck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 08:49 AM   #12
My Grandparents Airstream
 
Andrew Selking's Avatar
 
2007 28' Safari SE
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 171
Images: 15
Send a message via AIM to Andrew Selking
I wait till the neighbors move out and get theirs. No just kidding. If you can find apartment complex they might be willing to give you one from some one that just moved out. I see them in the trash on a regular basis here in Fort Worth. It seems that the dish and direct techs always install a new dish and do reuse them. You may need to move to Fort Worth for a free one.
__________________
Andrew Selking
WBCCI #6062
International 3rd Vice President

"Airstream the Best trailer ever built."
Andrew Selking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 09:49 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
JFScheck's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Rockville , Maryland
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,474
Images: 33
That's a good ideal - I'll contact the local contractor for Direct TV and see if they have any old antenna's and horns...
__________________
John "JFScheck" Scheck
2015 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL
2015 Mercedes Sprinter 3500 XL Chassis with Mercedes BlueTec V6 Diesel
**I Love U.S.A.**
JFScheck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 09:55 AM   #14
Rivet Master
 
pappy19's Avatar
 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Garden Valley , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,418
I switched from Dish to Direct TV for a couple of reasons, mostly as I am a night owl, DN always shuts down to "re-configure" every night. I had an older receiver in the AS and it would not allow me to change the time. Also, I am a Mtn West football fan and DN doesn't carry any Mtn West games. In addition, DTV does not need to shut down every day to do their upgrades. I also got a better deal for the same/better channel selections over DN. We installed a Winegarde dish on the AS and it works like a champ. When I switched from DN to DTV, the RV tech had to do some switch changing inside the dish. Very nice setup.

Pap
__________________

__________________
2008 F-250 4X4 Lariat V-10
2002 Airstream Classic 30' w/SO #2074
2007 Kubota 900 RTV
1996 Ford Bronco
2007 Lincoln LT
pappy19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help - Satellite? Kathleenh Computers, Internet & Satellite 13 10-17-2011 11:32 PM
Aluminum satellite dish richinny Fun & Games 3 03-02-2011 10:55 AM
Satellite Soul Wayward Airstream "In the News" 0 02-01-2011 06:10 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.