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RE: SL3 SWM Slimeline single line triple LNB failed?

Just a thought for future reference. I find it helpful to use Dishpointer Pro on my Android phone to get a good sense of where the satellites are. That way I'm not too frustrated if my Trav'ler fails to see them through the trees. It also lets me know if it's even worth getting out the tripod. We tend to spend the summers at locations where the satellite elevation is low due to being rather far north and east. With Dishpointer I know in advance if it's even worth trying!How is this app better/different than some other free satellite pointing apps like satellite ar? It uses the phone's camera and superimposes the positions of the satellites on the scene viewed by the camera. It's not perfect but it gives you an instant perspective of whether the tree you're parked next to will be in your way.
docj 07/31/14 06:46pm Technology Corner
RE: SL3 SWM Slimeline single line triple LNB failed?

Just a thought for future reference. I find it helpful to use Dishpointer Pro on my Android phone to get a good sense of where the satellites are. That way I'm not too frustrated if my Trav'ler fails to see them through the trees. It also lets me know if it's even worth getting out the tripod. We tend to spend the summers at locations where the satellite elevation is low due to being rather far north and east. With Dishpointer I know in advance if it's even worth trying!
docj 07/30/14 04:03pm Technology Corner
RE: SL3 SWM Slimeline single line triple LNB failed?

Well it was the trees! Chris Glad to hear it wasn't anything worse than that!
docj 07/30/14 02:29pm Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

I guess I am going to need to search out the last name of Joel and Sandy and post it here. Maybe you are referring to Bill.Satellite? Sorry Bill. On some forums your name is used openly I didn't realize that on others it isn't. My identity is open since I have my Facebook page link in my signature. No offense intended. Joel
docj 07/30/14 06:52am Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

Skew...that's whether the dish is straight or on an angle but don't know the why of that. You're aiming at 3-5 satellites positioned in different orbital locations. Even though they all are at 26,199 miles above the Earth's surface the fact that they are over different positions along the equator means that they will appear to an observer on earth to be on a slant; they won't be positioned along a horizontal line but will appear to be along an arc pointing downward (at least if you're in the eastern part of the US). The "slant" of that arc is the skew angle. In the eastern US satellites at larger longitudes are lower in the sky than those at smaller longitudes. I hope this helps explain it a bit.
docj 07/29/14 02:20pm Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

This is getting entirely too complicated at this point especially since I don't know how we'd tell whether the skew was off in addition to the azimuth. I get the sense that you're trying to point your dish without much of an understanding of what you are doing and are then getting frustrated as a result. If you understood the process you would know that azimuth and skew are not related and that the setting for one is completely separate from the other. For the newer SWM dishes skew is not that big a deal since the LNBs for 99 and 103 are located so close to the 101 LNB. I can get quite a few HD channels without even setting the skew and simply pointing the dish at 101. I honestly think Bill Adams is correct and that you have a faulty component in your system which is preventing you from getting a signal. That's what happened to me last year, the first time I was setting up my tripod dish. I had a bad coax connector and, as a result, no signal was getting to the receiver. I got a DirecTV installer to come out (to my RV) and he was able to get me up and running in less than 10 minutes once he found the bad connector.
docj 07/29/14 09:35am Technology Corner
RE: RV park free wired internet good for only 1 laptop question

Which brings you right back to a Cradlepoint router! Easy Peasy! To be fair, there are a number of companies that make routers that provide the same services as does Cradlepoint. JefaTech, WiFiRanger, and The Wirie are but a couple of examples. All of these routers can use "WiFi as WAN" and can distribute a wireless internet connection throughout the network of devices in your RV. However, in the case cited by the OP the RV park has a wired internet connection at each site. Therefore, the connection to the router would be through an Ethernet port rather than by WiFi. Some of the routers I noted would be able to do this; others are purely wifi devices.
docj 07/29/14 06:17am Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

That could be the difference between true north and magnetic north. Dishpointer I believe always gives readings in terms of true north.
docj 07/28/14 01:28pm Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

when I watch TV I don't even bother going to those high numbered HD channels. the plus for HD is that you can see every wrinkle in Jerry Springer's face. the minus is that you can see every wrinkle in Jerry Springer's face. bumpy You must be using a very old receiver; my HD channels are fully integrated in the Guide with the SD ones and normally I block display of SD duplicates.
docj 07/27/14 03:46pm Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

When HDTV was first introduced I was a non-believer, but, over time, I've come to agree that at screen sizes of 40" and above the HDTV picture really is nicer to look at. That doesn't mean the programs are any better, but, for example, if you watch Downton Abbey in HD the scenes and the costumes have far more resolution and add to the enjoyment IMO. I'm curious to see how the roll-out of 4K TV will go over the next couple of years. I think 3D was pretty much a bust and I am curious if the industry is going to be able to convince people that another 2X improvement in resolution is going to be something they just have to have.
docj 07/27/14 01:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Satellite TV hookup

If you're saying that your're getting a snowy picture when you connect the receiver (outside your RV) to the coax and connected the TV inside the RV to that same cable, then you definitely have a bad connection somewhere. The picture coming off the output of the receiver should be entirely free from "snow". Digital images such as those with satellite TV don't get "snowy"; they are either all there or they aren't there at all. The snow is coming from something in your system. Most likely one of the connectors on the coax is bad; that's pretty common. That kind of problem with a coax will degrade the picture and add the snow you are observing. However, it will totally DESTROY the satellite signal if you try to send it down that same cable. That is why you can't get any signal if you move the receiver inside.
docj 07/27/14 08:12am Technology Corner
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

These discussions have been going on since HD was first introduced. Some people don't mind the SD picture; many prefer the one you get with HD. I definitely prefer HD, but if I'm watching a streaming video I don't get upset when the picture quality automatically degrades to preserve the stream on those occasions when the internet connection slows. Some of you who have only streamed on an internet connection via cable or fiber may never have noticed this, but all the major streaming services (Netflix, Huluplus, etc) can dynamically alter your resolution to avoid you getting one of those LOADING screens. It happens fairly often if you're streaming on a cellular connection. When it occurs it's a good way to directly compare SD to HD for the same program. For many shows, it doesn't change your ability to watch the drama, but it does reduce the visual appeal. On a sports show it can be deadly.
docj 07/27/14 08:07am Technology Corner
RE: You'll Soon Be Able To UNLOCK Your Mobile Phone Legally!

In general, unlocking doesn't just involve using special codes. You need to set different configuration parameters, including a list of preferred networks to connect if going to another mobile provider. Such as porting from Sprint to Verizon. It generally involves using specialized technician software to program the phone, and not user friendly for the average owner. Most will opt to use a service. With all due respect, for the 4G GSM phone that I unlocked there was nothing to do other than insert the SIM from the new carrier. That instantly gave me voice service and SMS texting. To use the minimal internet browser built into the phone I did have to enter carrier-specific access point information and create a new internet profile for the phone, neither of which was all that difficult after the carrier's support staff told me where to find the information.
docj 07/26/14 12:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon wireless unlimited data use

Joel, its a variable factor determined by their software at each tower and constantly adjusted based on available bandwidth & number of users. Expect it to be at least 10% for those that throttling applies to, when its required. If you mean that the effective throughput will be at least 10% of the available bandwidth then IMO this isn't much of a threat to my way of life. As long as you are willing to live with low-moderate video resolution I've successfully streamed on 3G connections with 1-2Mbps. So having VZW occasionally drop me back to those levels wouldn't be such a catastrophe.
docj 07/26/14 08:32am Technology Corner
RE: You'll Soon Be Able To UNLOCK Your Mobile Phone Legally!

I had a prepaid GSM phone from a Canadian carrier that I wanted to use on a different network. I used an online service and paid <$10 to get the unlock code (which did work). The phone wasn't under contract so the legality of doing so wasn't a question.
docj 07/26/14 06:48am Technology Corner
RE: Verizon wireless unlimited data use

But what's not known is what does throttling mean, speed-wise, for a 4G connection. If the connection has been running at >10Mbps there's a big difference between throttling at 10% (~1 Mbps) or at 1% (~100kbps). Most of the time I could live with a 1Mbps connection; you can even stream SD video on that. Anything less would be an issue for me, at least.
docj 07/26/14 06:45am Technology Corner
RE: Canadian GPS Problem

As per comment above for my current Garmmin NUVI I had to get a memory card to be able to load all the maps for western and eastern North America. The same thing happened to me; the current North American map set is larger than the memory in most (all?) older Garmins. If you did an update and didn't notice that you needed a memory card it probably would have loaded only the US portion of the maps. You can buy an SD card for a couple of dollars at Walmart and download the full map set.
docj 07/23/14 05:44am Technology Corner
RE: HD DVR dedicated inverter

When my Xantrex died I replaced it with a pure sine wave one from Magnum (MS2812). The Xantrex often caused the DirecTV DVR to reboot; the Magnum doesn't.
docj 07/22/14 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

As to Canadian laws not applying to foreign RVers - dream on. Joe: Considering that I've seen quite a few DirecTV dishes on houses I've driven past, I suspect enforcement isn't all that vigilant. As for them coming after a foreign tourist spending money in Canada, I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but I would think that wouldn't be a popular political position. Joel
docj 07/22/14 02:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get VueCube Flex to Work in Canada

Yep, just be glad you are getting any signal from there! Believe me, I'm not complaining. I'm at a CG with excellent wifi (this morning it was running >15Mbps), I can receive DTV and the temps are in the 70's everyday with low humidity. What's to complain about? :B
docj 07/22/14 06:08am Technology Corner
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