So were tired of having nothing to watch for the kids before bed, i could really enjoy a tiger game. So, im currently a Direct Tv home user so i bought a oval dish that has 3 little things on the end, but when i open it up, there are actually 4 'outputs' for my cable wire, does that make sense? i just assume the 3 little circle things on the dish meant i could have 3 connections? thoughts? Anyway, next i get a tripod stand to hold it up. Get it all hooked up and go into my living room, disconnect my current setup which is a dual line setup for my DVR service. Anyway, disconnect both coax cables and plug the one in that goes to my portable dish. Go into setup on my directv HD box and go into sat setup and then into signal test. Now, i never get anything, even though i can see my home dish on the roof and my portable is now facing the same way. Do i need another piece of equipment or can someone help me understand what im doing wrong. DO i have to go in and change the setup on my home direct tv box? I hate to do this if i dont have to as that means ill have to reset it when i return home. Was kinda hoping to just plug it all in, point the dish and turn on some espn. Thoughts or help? Of course were going away for the 4th here so im waiting to the last minute to test my application. Thanks again!
You going to take the home DVR with you. is it an HDDVR? These have a little box added to each cable.
I would find an old round dish with a single or dual LNB. That's the little things on the end of the dish.
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WOW! First off, on your receiver, what is the dish set up for at home? I'm guessing SWM. Your dish that you bought is probably a SLA3, multiswitch model which means you will have to change your receiver settings in order to work. And being pointed in the general direction of your home dish just won't work (although it might help). You'll need either a tuning meter or go to the satellite setup page in settings and watch the tuning meter.
Don't give up, it can be done.
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First you have to make absolutely certain your tripod mount is absolutely vertical. I use a bubble level.
You have to know the azimuth, elevation, and skew/tilt of where to "look" for the sat. The skew/tilt is set using the gauge on the side of your new dish. The elevation is set using the gauge on the sat also (which will be tweaked after you find sat 101). The azimuth needed is found in the sat sat setup routine on your receiver. Before you actually aim the antenna you need to make sure your antenna is selected on your receiver. As far as the 4 leads are concerned, they are all the same. Pick one. Find sat 101 and then tweak for the others. I set mine up in 10 minutes or less. It gets easy with practice.
Since you bought an "oval" dish with "three little circle things" and "four outputs", it sounds like it might be a non-SWM Slimline. But, it could be a Dish dish or a a DirecTV Phase III.
Until you tell us what you are using at home, dish and receiver, and what you are taking camping we can't be much help. Are you HD or SD, what receiver Rxx, Dxx, Hxx, or HRxx? What kind of dish is on your house? Go into settings on the box and tell us what kind of dish it says you have.
first thank you all for even reading my post, and most thanks for all the tips. Im going to get the requested info and ill post tonite when i get time and hopefully we can get it worked out. Thanks again and ill repost updates in a while today.