I am new to RVing and have a direct TV system in my home and cottage. I would like to be able to get normal programing and local channels where I can in the TT. Not interested in HD. The TT is wired for sattelite. What dish do I need to purchase to pick up the right sattelites. Thanks for any help, Dave G.
What I don't know is which head is needed on the 18" dish to pick up the sats that I get at home . Not interested in HD programing , only the normal TV plus local stations where available. One reciever. Thanks, Dave G.
There are a variety of dishes available, depending on how much you want to tinker with the satellite to get your signal.
You can spend money, and get one of those new self-pointing cubes that you just set on the picnic table, and it does the rest......
You can get a tripod and a dish similar to what you have at home (as mentioned, e-bay, or even Radio Shack will have them)....then when you get to the CG, you will need to align the dish to get your signal. Much cheaper, but will require a bit more of your time.
If you contact DirecTV, and give them the VIN off the TT, you should be entitled to get channels that might normally be outside your current package range, which would be important, if you went across country.
Most folks usually take the control box from their bedroom, and put it in the RV when they go on a trip....this saves you from having to pay for an additional box.
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Unless you live in a area that has its SD network locals on the 110 or 119 satellites the 18" round dish will do the job. If you are in one of the smaller markets that have locals on one of these alternate satellites you will need a Phase III dish for locals in SD.
The Phase III is more critical to set up than a Slimeline 3 HD dish.
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The standard ANL(head) will receive Directs programming at home or anywhere your are. Local is another story, if you are located outside your spot beam area, 100 to 150 miles or so, you lose the locals you have at home.
If you are referring to local at another location, you will need to use your OTA (batwing) antenna. If you want network stations while moving around, you will need to subscribe to DNS (distant network service) and chose either/or East or West coast stations. There is a charge for this and contacting DTV will put you on the path.