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Old 12-22-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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For those of you that manually set up a satellite dish

This seems like a big sale (if the item will work for you)

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...vey-tool/56739

One time amazon can be beat ($162 there!)

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Old 12-22-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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I wonder if this really helps. I have the Trav'ler but also have tripod/Dish for times when I don't have a good view. Can never seem to get the manual tripod setup correctly without spending about 4 hours messing with it. By that time, I'm ready to throw the dish and all the TVs in the trash....
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:30 PM   #3
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Since we stay where there are trees quite often, we have been using a manual tripod dish for years, takes about 10 min to setup and get working.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:30 AM   #4
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I use a free app on my smartphone called SatFinder Lite....Ian
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:39 AM   #5
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I use two apps, "Dish Align" and "DP AR". The latter has a camera app where you point it in the direction of the satellites and they show up. It allows you to perfectly view the area where you'll be pointing the dish to ensure it's a clear path. Dish Align gives me the technical details for setting up the tripod for the Dish. Once it's all dialed in I hook up the Dish sound-o-meter and slowly turn the dish until I hear three tones, the middle is usually the loudest (I use Dish 110, 119, 129). Then go inside fire up the Hopper and see if I got it right.

If things go well I can do it in about 10 mins, if not it can take me 30 mins.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:22 AM   #6
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I use the Dish Pointer App and a Accu Tek III meter to tune all 3 satellites.
The Accu Tek III shows signal strength for each the satellites allowing me to quickly peak the signal.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #7
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You guys obviously know what you are doing and so it SEEMS easy.

It's somewhat like riding a bike...at first you fall a lot and then it's easy...

I never got past the falling stage with the satellite's manual setup and after kicking it in frustration, it may not work now so we opted for the roof mounted winegard !
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:10 PM   #8
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Ya, no divorce dish for me anymore. Visions of it raining outside with the window open and the wife yelling at me with that stupid signal strength tone in the background turned up so I can hear it.
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:05 PM   #9
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I have gone full circle. Recently, I had trouble getting HD signals the farther north I went using my Dish tailgater. I have gone back to my regular dish and my tripod.


I use 2 tools. I use DishPointer AR Pro app on my IPhone to find the satellites and make sure I have no tree issues.


Second, I use SatLookLite meter. Although it's a bit pricey, $250.00, it finds each satellite by using only the meter. This gives you the signal strength and locks each satellite, avoiding Brad's colorful (an accurate) description.


http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=satlooklite




I camp in several spots where trees can be an issue, so this works for me.


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Old 12-24-2014, 01:36 AM   #10
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We use the "tripod with the dish that is too heavy for the tripod and the sat finder and the run to the coach to see if you have signal and run back since we only have the two satellites and then after two drinks asks if it is ok to just put a few 12ga shells into it" program
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