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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hooking up DirecTV at Camp. Help??

Im taking my extra directv box and I bought a dish off of ebay. Need a little info on how to hook it up and tune the dish to the right angle. I have directv at home, but was told I could do this, like people do when tailgating.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 01:33 AM
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good luck. i went to lowes and bought 500 feet of coaz and splitters, and connectors, and satellite finders, the whole shootin match. still.... no direct tv. i gave up.. i think too many trees to get signal. just making comment tho, i ran into a similar post and there ARE PEOPLE THAT CAN HELP, IM SURE YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO IT, BUT FOR ME, LIFES TO SHORT, I GAVE UP

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Hook it up just like I did at my camp.
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I did the same thing. I have DirecTv at home (HD receivers) but took a regular 18" round DirecTv dish to my camp. Make sure under the receiver settings you have the right dish selected. If it's the same as the dish at home check the setting on those receivers under setup. Then use this site http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/customer/dishPointer.jsp to get the elevation and azimuth to point your dish. You can use a compass for azimuth or even the compass on a smartphone will work. After everythings connected go under setup in receiver menu. You will find a screen that gives satellite signal strength. If possible, turn the volume up enough that you can hear the signal indicators change when you pick up a satellite or have another person help by watching the strength indicators while you make minor adjustments. You don't have to mount the dish on a roof - you can even just use a portable tripod, but make sure you don't have a huge tree or other obstruction in the path of the dish. I know this sounds like a lot but this is the easiest way I know to explain the process. Google helped a lot too!
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Re: Hooking up DirecTV at Camp. Help??

Here is how we did it at our camp (more than once when the dish was stolen). There has got to be other camps around you with a dish that can give you the general direction that it needs to be pointed. As tlh stated you can use the compass and all that but we just checked out the direction others had it pointed and started there.

Mounted it on a 4x4 in the ground by camp. At that point get a little box tv and set it next to the dish so you can see the signal strength, hear it beeping, etc. Hook it up to the dish and then slowly begin adjusting the dish until it starts going crazy with signal on the tv. Once you find the money spot, tighten the screws on the dish. Has worked every time.
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The general direction to point the dish is SSW. Do a google search a lot of good sites that have great directions.
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Just did this in July. First thing is get the settings on the direction (degrees, tilt, azmith) on the google. One of the sites uses google earth so just move the cursor to where your camp is located. The cooresponding hash marks are on the dish.

What makes it hard is making sure the pole you have the dish mounted to is perfectly plumb and level. That's where we went wrong so the hashes on the dish didn't match up.

If you can get a tv hooked up outside next to the dish and go to the signal strength screen on the direct tv box you're set. we did that and could see the bar and signal strength every time we tweaked the dish and it made it pretty easy.
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we hired a local TV guy for $150 bucks that included a new dish. all club members chipped in.

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Direct TV has a camp package. My dad uses it for his camper. Call and turn it on whenever you are camping and it's cheap. Came with its own portable dish and an extra box. Might work better than an ebay satalite and extra receiver but who knows. I know that getting it level and lined up pointing in the right direction is the hard part.
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I have DirectTV at camp and they did it all. I did it last spring and they did the entire installation for no charge. It now costs me $6 a month and it's on all the time. It shows up on my bill as another bedroom. I understand they charge $50 for the installation now but that includes the dish and the everything. Call em and tell em what you need done. it's that easy.

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