I have a dish (small) was wondering how one would take such a dish with camper and be able to make it work?
What would I need to do?
Where do you get a cable box?Cable box?
HUH satellite does not use cable.
Besides the dish you need a tripod or mount of some sort, some coax cable to connect the dish to the receiver, a receiver and a subscription.
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You will have to subscribe to DirecTV or Dish Network in order to get a sgnal....they will supply the receiver and if they come out and set it up, they will supply cable and make sure everything is working (for a fee)
The dish size doesn't mean anything the dish has to have the right number of LNB's for whatever service you sign up for either direct tv or dish network and if your going with HD and your local stations or east or west coast networks feeds. Besides the dish and tripod as has been said you will need a box and cable, you will need to find a way to get the cable from the dish to the box in the your rv and you can not use your tv antena connection because of the booster on it( there is a kit out there to convert the reg antena input for sat use). the sat cable can not be split from the dish to the box, it has to be a stright run. You will need to get a compass and maybe a signal meter to help you aline the dish , the genral direction it southwest but it can be a pain at times to line the dish up, in your sat box you can put in the zip code of where your at and it will give you the settings to shoot for. I used to use a portable dish and sometimes it went well and other times I just gave up trying to set the dish up. I now have a carry-out auto dish but it depends on how often you are going to use it as to if you want to spend the $$$$ for an auto dish, we use ours at least 6 weeks out of the season sometimes more.The carry-out will not work with Direct TV HD only Dish HD. There are other portable auto dishes such as the cube and I think there are others now that you would have to check into if you go that way. It is nice to have mainly for weather and news and some sports but can also be a pain at times so think about how often you would really use it before you spend any money on this .Good luck
I used to have an extra standard definition DirecTV dish. I would take the reciever from the bedroom with us for weekend trips. I screwed the dish to an old photographic tripod and took a compass with me to aid in aiming it. Local stations are transmitted in a narrow beam so once we got very far out of the metro area we could no longer pick them up. High Def gets a lot more tricky with multiple satellites, skew angles etc.
I went out and picked up a two head SAT dish on a tri-pod that worked on the DirecTV network. Then I carried out my bedroom SAT RCVR to the trailer and hooked up the RG cable coming from the dish to the SAT RCVR ANT input. I always had about 150-feet of RG6 to use for the dish setup to find a clear shot of the southern skies at the camp site. If you want to also connect up the trailer bed room for SAT TV then run a second 150-foot cable from the second SAT DISH head to the bedroom TV area. This will require a second SAT RCVR from your house to operate two HDTV locations in your trailer.
After I got the SAT RCVR hooked up to the dish then I ran the VIDEO output cables of the SAT RCVR to the VIDEO INPUT connectors on my Vizio HDTV setup. To watch SAT TV I just select VIDEO 1 from the remote. Worked great after I found the SAT in the sky. Using the VIDEO input for SAT TV works out real great as you can switch from SAT TV, OTA TV, an CABLE TV by just using the TV remote.
To help me find the DirecTv satelitte in the sky I got one one those beeping type SAT FINDERS and mounted it inline with RG cable close to the SAt dish. Looks something like this...
First you set the AZ of the dish with setting from the DIRECTV setup screen and what zipcode you are located at. The beeping sat finder has a gain control on it so you set it until the beep noise just is making a noise. Then move the sat dish around the the southern skies until your tone starts getting louded and also you will see a hugh incresae in the meter on the sat finder. Keep turning down the gain control and re-peaking on the noise and meter movement until you cant get anything better.
There is one drawback with using the SAT FINDER and that is you may peak up on the DISH NETWORK satellite andof course that wont get youany picture on your DirecTV setup. I think the DISH NETWORK sat is due south on Calif and the DIRECTV Network sat is due south of TEXAS. If this happens then find a new SAT signal by moving more to the SOUTH EAST direction.
You can usually do all of this is 5-10 minutes if you have a clear view of the southern skies.
I alwys had good luck gaining access to the trailer through under the trailer in the vicinity of the pass-thru storage area and run RG 6 cables from there to where the two TV inside the trailer are located. I just installed RG drops fro mthe TV locations and had them just laying inside the pass-thru storage area.
On my OFF-ROAD POPUP I just ran the SAt RG cable thru any window flap to connect to my HDTV setup.
One other caution we ran into was sometime when we disconnected oout SAT RCVR from the bedroom it would reset all of the settings and when you go to the camp site location you would have to call DIRECTV or loginto them on-line and get them to turn your SAT RCVR back on. This requires you to know what you account number and card ID number that is plugged into your SAT RCVR. SO write all of that down and attach to the SAt RCVR so you will have that info when you need it...
My SAT TV story for camping in the woods.hehe...
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