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RE: End of Direct TV SD should I switch to Dish?

thank you... I'll keep an eye out for it.. Finally got a notice from Direct TV that they will start systematically ending their SD service in July 2021. I am not necessarily looking for all the bells and whistles of multichannel viewing, recording or using more than one TV at a time. I have a wireless repeater that can send the TV signal to the bedroom TV. We currently have the DNS feeds from LA and NYC. Reviewing the program packages, it appears that the Dish On the Go Channel lineup can include ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox out of Denver. Is this accurate? Direct TV says they will replace my receiver for free. They were not sure about the antenna. I currently have a portable SD dish (one LNB) which is usually not that hard to setup. How much harder is it to setup the 3 LNB slimline dish? It does not appear that any of the portable automatic antennas work with Direct TV HD. In my research, it seems that Direct uses satellites at 99, 101 and 103. The Dish western arch is 110, 119, 129 and the eastern arch is 61.5, 72.7, 77. In the 17 years that we have had Direct SD, the 101 Satellite has been relatively easy to lock onto just about anywhere we have been from Montana to the mid-Atlantic states. It is high enough in the sky that the dish does not have to be all that far away from even pretty tall obstructions. Looking at the Dish satellite locations the 119 and 129 look to be pretty low on the horizon and the western arc and eastern arc satellites are spread over a much wider degree range than the Direct satellites. The Tailgator and Playmaker can use the Dish 61.5 satellite in place of the 129, but this greatly increases the spread of the satellites being used. The Pathway X2 can use the Dish eastern arch satellites which seem to be higher in the sky and less spread out. If the automatic dish can not acquire all the satellites. Can channels on the satellites it can acquire be watched? Any experience on how much if any switching from Direct to Dish affects being able to actually get a satellite signal without always being in a wide open lot or the desert would be greatly appreciated. Also, the automatic dishes all seem to recommend no more than 50' of coax. In some cases with the SD dish we have used up to 300' and still gotten good reception. Any experience/comments on what the real world limit on coax length for the automatic dishes is? What receiver and what antenna are you using? Thanks for any and all comments. How were you notified by Directv? ..letter, email, on screen msg? I have not received a thing, and if going to happen, would like to start making plans for fall RVing with Directv or Dish..
DD716TED 06/16/21 10:58am Technology Corner
RE: End of Direct TV SD should I switch to Dish?

Finally got a notice from Direct TV that they will start systematically ending their SD service in July 2021. I am not necessarily looking for all the bells and whistles of multichannel viewing, recording or using more than one TV at a time. I have a wireless repeater that can send the TV signal to the bedroom TV. We currently have the DNS feeds from LA and NYC. Reviewing the program packages, it appears that the Dish On the Go Channel lineup can include ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox out of Denver. Is this accurate? Direct TV says they will replace my receiver for free. They were not sure about the antenna. I currently have a portable SD dish (one LNB) which is usually not that hard to setup. How much harder is it to setup the 3 LNB slimline dish? It does not appear that any of the portable automatic antennas work with Direct TV HD. In my research, it seems that Direct uses satellites at 99, 101 and 103. The Dish western arch is 110, 119, 129 and the eastern arch is 61.5, 72.7, 77. In the 17 years that we have had Direct SD, the 101 Satellite has been relatively easy to lock onto just about anywhere we have been from Montana to the mid-Atlantic states. It is high enough in the sky that the dish does not have to be all that far away from even pretty tall obstructions. Looking at the Dish satellite locations the 119 and 129 look to be pretty low on the horizon and the western arc and eastern arc satellites are spread over a much wider degree range than the Direct satellites. The Tailgator and Playmaker can use the Dish 61.5 satellite in place of the 129, but this greatly increases the spread of the satellites being used. The Pathway X2 can use the Dish eastern arch satellites which seem to be higher in the sky and less spread out. If the automatic dish can not acquire all the satellites. Can channels on the satellites it can acquire be watched? Any experience on how much if any switching from Direct to Dish affects being able to actually get a satellite signal without always being in a wide open lot or the desert would be greatly appreciated. Also, the automatic dishes all seem to recommend no more than 50' of coax. In some cases with the SD dish we have used up to 300' and still gotten good reception. Any experience/comments on what the real world limit on coax length for the automatic dishes is? What receiver and what antenna are you using? Thanks for any and all comments. How were you notified by Directv? ..letter, email, on screen msg? I have not received a thing, and if going to happen, would like to start making plans for fall RVing with Directv or Dish..
DD716TED 06/15/21 05:20pm Technology Corner
DVD Video help..

I have made a lengthy video that I have edited and copied on to a DVD in MP4 format.. I can get the video to play by selecting the file on the DVD in explorer and it will then play.. PROBLEM.. I want to send a copy of this DVD to several people who are not computer savy and might never get it to work... Is there an easy way to make this DVD start up when they insert it into their computer OR do I have to burn it again using some special function to get it to work? I have Roxio installed.. Thank you
DD716TED 05/31/21 02:49pm Technology Corner
Windows 10 Desktop Start Menu Box

Every time I touch the mouse on the new Windows 10 computer, the "Start Menu" BLACK BOX appears in the lower left hand corner (quarter) of the screen.. None of my other computers do this.. Is there a way to prevent this annoying box from appearing every time the mouse is touched?/
DD716TED 05/20/21 12:31pm Technology Corner
Microsoft Outlook 2016 ???

I am setting up a computer in my shop to use specifically to keep in contact with US Navy Shipmates and correspondence as I am the secretary of our reunion organization. The computer I am using has MS Office 2016 installed and I want to use Outlook for email. I have tried every method I could find on Google in detail to export my Thunderbird contact file (CSV)from another computer that is using Thunderbird into the newer computer using MS 2016.. NOTHING SEEMS TO WRK..NOTHING.. The export /import function seems to work but OUTLOOK 2016 doesn't show or can find them. Not looking for solutions as I think I have tried everything but just curious to see if anyone else has had problems with OUTLOOK 2016.. Should be simple but [email protected]#$%^&*.. Everybody stay safe and enjoy the summer
DD716TED 05/12/21 04:49pm Technology Corner
Windows 10 Windows Media Player??

Here I am again knocking of the door of the experts seeking a solution of a Windows 10 / PC Problem... The other day I was going to make a new Windows Play List using Windows Media Player as I have done forever in the past.. EXCEPT that now when I opened the Windows Media Player program and selected make a Playlist.. there 1000's of them already made.. the program without any input had already made an individual playlist for every single music album on my external hard drive which has over 350BG of music on it it.. I deleted all of the playlists and within 2 hours WMP had regenerated a good portion of them and was still working.. never had this happen over the years I had been using WMP.. First thought was just to remove the WMP program and reload it OR try another program in total.. BEFORE I DO ANYTHING, any thoughts on what might be going on or what I should do?? Thanks in advance.. Each day I am shoved closer to the Apple or Chromebook cliff and jumping..
DD716TED 04/01/21 03:47pm Technology Corner
Computer Location..Where am I?

Almost every time I go to a web site such as Home Depot, Best Buys, Harbor Freight, etc.. When I view an item and want to see if it is stock locally.. The site shows me stores over 100 miles away.. I have turned off Location settings, and and changed the pages information to my local area, but after all this, the next time I view the site. I am still 100 miles away.. Of course each time I am at a site, I can change my location temporarily but the next time I am a 100 miles away. Any ideas or is this a quirk of my Internet Provider whose location usually is the one location that shows up? Just asking?
DD716TED 03/27/21 12:00pm Technology Corner
Cell phone service

In a couple of weeks, we will be camping in a familiar spot (where we have stayed numerous times). In this camp sight, we have little or no cell service BUT 10 feet outside the trailer door we have cell service.. During the period we will be there, we will be expecting a VERY important call that we would hate to miss.. Anyone know of a way without breaking the bank that we could do to improve our service? External antenna or something??
DD716TED 03/09/21 08:29pm Technology Corner
Battery Powered Lawn Mower

My Sears Gas powered lawn mower of 18 years is starting to give up the ghost.. Hard to start, and a real PIA.... My lawn is small .. about 500 sq ft in total.. I am looking at replacing it with a Home Depot Ryobi Battery Powered 16" (18 volt) model or the 20" 40 volt model.. both have brushless motors.. any thoughts before I make the purchase? Ryobi?? Black Decker?? appreciate comments..
DD716TED 03/01/21 06:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Battery Question..

the batteries are lead/acid...and the trailer will towed and used at least monthly during the next 9 months.. Will you have it connected to shore power during use at least monthly? Whenever we use the trailer, we connect to shore power.. answer is yes
DD716TED 02/26/21 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Question..

Since you don't say what type battery you have, I can only assume it is a flooded cell lead-acid battery. Such batteries require being fully charged at least once a month lest they slowly die all by themselves. If you are storing the RV for 9 months where there is no power, you would be best served by removing the battery, taking it home, and either putting it on a battery charger once a month, or using one of those battery minder devices. This would be both a LOT cheaper and much less hassle than making periodic excursions with a generator. Just my humble opinion. the batteries are lead/acid...and the trailer will towed and used at least monthly during the next 9 months..
DD716TED 02/26/21 03:39pm Tech Issues
Battery Question..

We normally keep our trailer plugged into 115v power at our storage facility, however we will now be losing power for anywhere up to 9 months.. Question (1). If I install a battery disconnect switch on batteries, how long can I expect the 2 year old batteries to remain usable for towing before requiring recharging? Question (2) If I decide to take a portable generator to the trailer every so often, and plug it into trailer to let the converter maintain the batteries, how big of generator should I use? I have access to both a 1000w Honda generator and a 2000 watt Yamaha generator. Comments or Opinions..
DD716TED 02/26/21 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: New Cell Phone..had to ask?

I have one too. Go to Batteries Plus and they will put in a new battery for you. Takes a few hours (Glue has to set) I replace it about 1 a year. when they replaced your battery, did you lose anything from memory?
DD716TED 02/14/21 04:34pm Technology Corner
RE: New Cell Phone..had to ask?

I thought about just replacing the batteries but from I have read, it is very difficult to do on this particular phone.. I replaced the battery on my Samsung Tab 4 10.1 tablet rather easily but it was much larger to work with. Has anyone done a battery on a Galaxy S7 phone? I am sure there are repair facilities that do this sort of thing.
DD716TED 02/14/21 02:32pm Technology Corner
New Cell Phone..had to ask?

My wife and I both have aging Samsung Verizon S-7 Cell Phones that after several years, the batteries are are starting to degrade rapidly.. Time for new phones?? Before I visit any Verizon, Costco or other store to shop, I am looking for recommendations from RVers who have new 5G phones.. I want memory at to be least 64GB, but that is about all I know for now. I have been looking for deals that offer "Buy One and Get One Free" as we did with our S-7's from a Verizon store, but those deals have vanished.. Any suggestions on which phone to look at before a salesman at Best Buy/Verizon/Costco tries to steer me herd me towards the phones he/she can make the most $$ from... Just need ideas and recommendations.. Stay Safe.. Travel Safe..
DD716TED 02/14/21 11:32am Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10 - External Hard Drive Question

Thanks for the quick reply and answer...It just took a nudge to get my brain off "Top Dead Center" and working again.. all is fine now.. Have a nice day and stay safe.. Thanks again
DD716TED 01/31/21 12:40pm Technology Corner
Windows 10 - External Hard Drive Question

I should know the answer to this.. but just can't think of it.. I have an external WD Hard Drive installed on my Desktop.. It has three partitions (E) (F) and (G). The old drive is starting to get tired and I want to replace it. I would like to set up and keep the same partition designations on the new drive so.. can I rename the (E) (F) (G) partitions on the old drive to another letter, say (T) (U) (V) so I can establish (E) (F) on the new drive then just copy data from the old drive to the new drive? If possible, how do I change the letter designations?? I tried renaming the partition and the name changed ok, but not the letter. Thanks for any and all help.. If not possible, I will just copy contents of old drive to portable USB drive, then remove old USB Desktop drive, install new external USB HD and copy contents back ..
DD716TED 01/31/21 11:58am Technology Corner
RE: Directv/ATT vs Local CBS station... Question

Thank you all... Locast is what I was looking for.. this time I will pay the $5... thanks again.. you guys / gals are the greatest..
DD716TED 01/29/21 08:25pm Technology Corner
Directv/ATT vs Local CBS station... Question

Several months ago, our local (Seattle NBC station) was blocked from Direct Tv due to contract dispute.. In my case Sunday Night Football.. at that time Directv posted the name of an APP / WEB site where you could watch the game on a PC and even had it briefly on their DIRECTV APPS page.. then it vanished.. Now Directv and KIRO (CBS Seattle) are at odds over the new Feb 1 contract.. KIRO is telling customers they won't get Super Bowl over Directv if not settled by then.. A Financial ploy with Suoer Bowl the hostage to viewers and putting pressure on KIRO.. I am not taking any chances.. does anyone remember the name of the APP/PC Program that DIRECTV listed that lets you watch local channels..for free but $5 donation is made, deleted commercials..
DD716TED 01/29/21 05:13pm Technology Corner
RE: I just got the new RV Magazine

The second edition, although thicker, contained nothing of interest to me.. I will not renew..
DD716TED 01/23/21 07:35pm Good Sam Club
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