I ordereded a slimline 3 last night with SWM before I saw the post on the legacy. I have a 5th wheel, and wonder where is the best place to locate the power inserter for the cable? Outside near DSS port, or inside in cabinet? If inside in cabinet, I guess that would put power through the park cable line too. Also, do you need a special signal finder for the slimline?
Greg and Barbara
2003 Ford F-250 7.3 PSD CC FX4
2002 Fleetwood Pride 30' 5'er
I don't know what tripod you are using but be aware the new HD dishes require a larger support tube/pipe - 2 inch as I recall.
A number of people have recommended this guy HERE as a source for tripods and other accessories for the Slimline dishes.
I went with the Winegard SK3005 automatic dish and am very happy with it. I still carry the old 18 inch dish and tripod so I can have TV if trees get in the way. That will be SD only but historically I have only needed it once a year or so. I can live with SD for a night or two.
Clay (WA5NMR), Lee (Wife), Katie & Kelli (cats).
Now snowbirds after eleven years Full Timing in a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N, Workhorse chassis, Honda Accord toad
You do need a special meter with SWiM!!
You don't with legacy (non-SWM) setup. Much less involved.
If it were me I would change my order??
Don & Louise
2000 Coachman Catalina 330 MSB /F53
2008 Impala- Remco Lube Pump , Blue OX tow bar & Brake Buddy
Winegard Bell Expressview HD tv
SL3 HD- TV4RV tripod Direct HD or Dish VIP211K / external Hard drive
I hear you Lantley, I think I am about ready to throw in the towel on HD, just stick with non HD, little 18" sat dish, little tripod, everything is easy and works fine. Anybody want to buy my brand new DIRECTV H25 High Definition MPEG-4 HD Set Top TV Receiver H25NC-500 NIB... for $100? I payed $150 for it last week.
If you have an H25 receiver I believe the SWM system is required and the 18" dish is no option. I would look for a way to run a dedicated RG6 coax out from your receiver. I drilled and ran permanent cable with barrel connector out through the bottom of the slide where my entertainment center is located. This is cleaner and simpler than getting involved with the cable input, antenna amps, etc. The power inserter is located right near the receiver. I would even try it without the PI if you only have one receiver. I've seen it work.
You can't use a regular signal strength meter with SWM unless you use it with a ASL-1 adapter (about $30). If you use a meter the PI cannot be connected to the receiver during the search. All you need to do is preset the tilt/skew on the dish and forget about it. Search for the 101 satellite just like with the 18" dish. The HD, 99 and 103 satellites will be there.
The alternative is, of course, to set everything up and watch or have someone watch the tv screen.
You know you won't be happy until you get this worked out.
2005 F250 Crew Cab LWB Power Stroke, 2007 Montana 3500RL Fifth Wheel,Honda EU3000IS, Twin Honda EU2000i's, S&W security system