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Old 05-02-2017, 03:05 PM   #15
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You didn't say anything about whether or not your controller was able to "lock" so, since you didn't say that was the problem here is a funky possibility assuming you didn't have a blocked signal in the first place. Here is the scenario:

1. You are in your home area when you shut down the receiver.
2. When you shut it down you were watching a "local channel".
3. You drive outside of your home area.
4. You deploy the dish system and get a lock.
5. You start your receiver and get a 775 error because the receiver remembered your last channel when you shut it down and selects it at start up.

The problem is not the receiver and/or the dish being blocked. The problem is you can't receive that channel and it shows as a 775 error code.

The fix is pretty simple...change to a non-local/package channel. Problem solved.

Assuming this is what happened when you got back "home" you kinda "fixed it". Keep in mind that local channels are spot beamed and you can drive outside of that beam. I've kept local channels as much as 100 miles away from my service location. The size of the spot beam is not consistent because of how markets are tied together so I can't tell you how big your spot beam is.

BTW...I have an app on my iPhone called SAToolz for DirecTV. There are other apps out there regardless of provider that can use your phone's camera to locate your satellites and allow you to see if you have obstructions in the way.
Yep. Been there done that. Drove me crazy thinking my dish was not finding the satellite when I knew there were no obstructions. I refreshed the received several times, rebooted the receiver, checked every cable connection, and searched the internet for an owner's manual for my old KVH TracVision 5. After about 3 hours of this nonsense, I entered a known DirecTV channel and it started working properly. It had previously been on one of my local channels.
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:24 PM   #16
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You didn't say anything about whether or not your controller was able to "lock" so, since you didn't say that was the problem here is a funky possibility assuming you didn't have a blocked signal in the first place. Here is the scenario:

1. You are in your home area when you shut down the receiver.
2. When you shut it down you were watching a "local channel".
3. You drive outside of your home area.
4. You deploy the dish system and get a lock.
5. You start your receiver and get a 775 error because the receiver remembered your last channel when you shut it down and selects it at start up.

The problem is not the receiver and/or the dish being blocked. The problem is you can't receive that channel and it shows as a 775 error code.

The fix is pretty simple...change to a non-local/package channel. Problem solved.

Assuming this is what happened when you got back "home" you kinda "fixed it". Keep in mind that local channels are spot beamed and you can drive outside of that beam. I've kept local channels as much as 100 miles away from my service location. The size of the spot beam is not consistent because of how markets are tied together so I can't tell you how big your spot beam is.

BTW...I have an app on my iPhone called SAToolz for DirecTV. There are other apps out there regardless of provider that can use your phone's camera to locate your satellites and allow you to see if you have obstructions in the way.
Sky Boss thank you for the insight on this situation I would had never thought of that. The funny thing is when I got back home and fired it up actually ESPN came on so therefore I would assume that was the last channel I was watching when I shut everything down previously? I would also assume this wouldn't be a local channel for me in Shelbyville, Ky. But moving forward I'll definitely keep your instructions in mind. Thanks again my friend and safe travels...

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I have a quick fix for a Traveler not finding the satellites and locking up when I have a good view of the satellites. I use a App on my iPhone that shows me where the satellites are. My system is always powered up by my inverter. I found that I need to do the following in order for my Winegard system to lock up.

1. I unplug the Receiver, SWM power inserter (power supply), and Winegard controller.
2. I plug in the SWM power supply and Winegard controller.
3. I then power up the Winegard controller and let it find the satellites.
4. When the satellites are locked up I plug in the Satellite Receiver.

This always works, after I came up with this I have always got fast lock up. The SWM system can be confused and needs to be reset. Also the Traveler system must find two satellites to get a lockup. If your shot does not allow for a a second satellite to be found the system will not lock up. I have had it where it finds 101 but can not lockup because it can not find the second satellite.
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