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2oldman

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

If something has changed, it has changed in your setup or procedure.
And nothing has, except my age. It's a puzzler.

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I had a similar issue a few months ago. I use a DirectV AIM 1.5 meter and it's usually a cinch to align the dish and get several 100s on the 101.

Something changed though since I'd need to make multiple attempts to get it aligned and even then it was only decent, nowhere near as good as normal. I had a spare LNB and swapped that and tried new cables and it wasn't any better.

The dish and arm looked fine but out of desperation I purchased new ones. After that it was easy to align, just like before.

The moral of the story (for me anyway) was that a minor bend or twist in the dish or LNB that isn't visible can have a significant impact. The new dish/lnb that I purchased had a different mounting than the old setup (2 tabs & 2 bolts versus 4 bolts) so I don't know if it was the dish or arm that was bent in the old one.

LNB-less dish setups are cheap on the auction sites so I'd say give that a try.


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wires wrote:

LNB-less dish setups are cheap on the auction sites so I'd say give that a try.
I have. My dish (foldable arm) is brand-new from tv4rv.

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2oldman wrote:

wires wrote:

LNB-less dish setups are cheap on the auction sites so I'd say give that a try.
I have. My dish (foldable arm) is brand-new from tv4rv.
That doesn't eliminate a dish problem but suggests LNB or coax or as you suggested a cockpit problem. [emoticon]


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CA Traveler wrote:

2oldman wrote:

My dish (foldable arm) is brand-new from tv4rv.
That doesn't eliminate a dish problem.....
It better!

Another possibility is that the receiver isn't responding to the signal as fast as it used to.. but so far that's not a reasonable guess. But getting the beeps only sometimes is weird.

* This post was edited 02/01/20 11:42am by 2oldman *

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I think you are confusing magnetic north with true north. In California there is a 13 degree east difference between magnetic and true north.


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edatlanta wrote:

I think you are confusing magnetic north with true north.
Somebody might be, not me.

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2oldman wrote:

Bill.Satellite wrote:

If something has changed, it has changed in your setup or procedure.
And nothing has, except my age. It's a puzzler.


If you accept the fact that the satellite is in a fixed location and broadcasts a fixed signal to a fixed area of the US, I suspect that it is something on your end. The foldable arms are often problematic whether new or used.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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2oldman wrote:

azrving wrote:

With all your money maybe you need an upgrade. ??
lol.. yeah maybe. I've always kind of enjoyed setting it up, especially those times when I put it up and it's on the signal already, just needing minor tweaking.

I don't understand why it's getting so much more fussy. I replaced the dish thinking the old one has taken too many falls. I guess the only other device it could be is the LNB.

It just seems like this stuff should either work or it doesn't.


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I have to mess with you a little. It’s good to rack our brains and tinker with stuff to keep us going. I just wonder what it might be like when Im 78 and trying to call amazon or Verizon or apple tech support ??

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Replace the LNB and if that doesn't work then the coax will definitely fix the problem as it clearly couldn't be the new dish - or could it?

We all just love the shotgun approach to fixing problems and even more so when someone else is charging us for the repair!

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