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bob b

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Posted: 05/23/21 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It seems that Dish is making it harder and harder for us travelers to get aimed. First they stopped including the aiming coordinates on the receiver ( I did find the aiming tables on the internet) but even using the correct numbers, and my trusty compass and little aiming buzz box I can no longer reliably get all three satellites aimed. I've been doing this for over ten years but am stumped. Is there a better device or must I buy the Wally system?


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Posted: 05/23/21 05:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have always found manually aiming a dish is a PITA. I carry a Tailgater and use it when ever I can't get a clear signal from the roof dish. Its a pretty simple operation using the 211 receivers.


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I've been aiming our 1000.4 dish as often as daily using the arc with the best view since 2008. We've been using our Hopper w/Sling in our fulltiming motorhome since 2013. I use the Dish Pointer website for the most accurate elevation and skew numbers, and either the Dish Pointer app or the Winegard pointing app on my phone to find the best line of sight. Years ago I bought a $50 digital meter that identifies which satellite it detects along with the signal strength and quality readings. My typical setup/aiming time is under 15 minutes even if I need to swap LNBF's. I typically hit the 72.7 sat on the eastern arc or the 119 sat on the western arc as my starting point, and then tweak from there for best all around signals.


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Posted: 05/23/21 06:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are several free apps to help you find the birds. Personally, I like Satellite Director.





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Posted: 05/24/21 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have not tried it, the Dish Pointer (pro) is an excellent app. There are so few mobile customers that DISH has no incentive to try to make your life harder. The make changes based on home installations and they sometimes have unexpected negative effects on those of us moving from place to place. If you ever get too tired of the manual antenna, a Winegard Trav'ler on the roof solves all of those problems. It just makes your wallet a lot lighter.

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Posted: 05/25/21 04:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can always tune in 110 but 119 often alludes me and I am lucky to get 129. My little buzz box doesn't identify which satellite, only signal strength. I need a more advanced aiming devise or, lighten my wallet.

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With the elevation and skew set for your location and the tripod level, use a compass to swing the dish slowly from left to right towards the listed azimuth until you detect a signal on the center LNBF. Tweak the azimuth and elevation for the best signal on your meter, but leave the skew alone. Use the flat sides of the mount to point towards the azimuth, not the LNBF arm.

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Posted: 05/25/21 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Dutch. I didn't know to use the center LMBF.

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