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Old 09-18-2011, 07:19 AM   #1
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Question Help! What is it

I called Bounder and many RV shops and no one seems to know what this is . Inside driverside overhead compartment is a lightswitch sized LCD display and pushbutton. Inside is a small circuit board with multiple bell wire feeds. Can anyone tell me what this is. Thanks in advance. J J
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:39 AM   #2
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It sounds like it could be your antenna signal booster. When you have your on-roof tv antenna extended, you push the button and it makes your signal stronger.
Just a thought.
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Do you have a sat dish installed on the roof. Sounds like my dish angle meter, though mine is near the sat crank.
The display reads the angle of the sat dish elevation
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Wizard hit it... Crank up your satelite dish a little then press the button.. keep cranking and watch the number change. It's your elevation for the dish. Now if they could only make it so easy for the direction to aim it
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
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I also think it is the TV antenna booster. Crank up the antenna and see what channels you get. Then push the button and if it is the booster you will see a dramatic difference.
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It IS your azimuth indicator. It displays the angle above the horizon for aiming your dish. As said by others, crank up the dish, push the button, and read the degrees above horizontal.
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If connected to sat it would need a 9 v battery. Look for battery or a place to connect the battery. Display won't do anything without battery
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I will bet on the Sat Elevation indicator... This was a common device used on some rooftop dishes.

Though it **COULD** be (today) a Digital TV signal booster/indicator. those are very new products and the odds of them being in your motor home are kind of slight. It also has more buttons and quite a bit of writing on it which tends to give it away.
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Sorry, I meant Elevation, not Azimuth. And there's no 9 volt battery, its connected to the house battery.
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I called Bounder and many RV shops and no one seems to know what this is . Inside driverside overhead compartment is a lightswitch sized LCD display and pushbutton. Inside is a small circuit board with multiple bell wire feeds. Can anyone tell me what this is. Thanks in advance. J J
Does it look like this (terrible) picture of the Winegard Digital Magic unit pictured in the bottom corner of this document on page 11?
http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/2451070.pdf
If so, you must also have a manual Winegard crank-up satellite TV antenna on your coach. It will save you a great deal of time (if you use it) in locating the satellite. It will work with DirecTV, Dish Network or Bell Express Vu.
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Sorry, I meant Elevation, not Azimuth. And there's no 9 volt battery, its connected to the house battery.

STEP 20.
Connect wires coming from sensor on roof
to wall plate display in vehicle. It is important
to properly connect the wires at the roof and
the wall plate. (Plug will click when
inserted properly.) The system is
designed to use a 9 volt battery OR
+12 VDC from vehicle. Do not use
both!
IMPROPER WIRING WILL
CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE PRODUCT,

SEE FIGURE 18

Above from Wingard rm dm 46 installation man.
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Thanks for pointing that item out. Mine has no 9 volt battery. He needs to raise the dish and push the button to see if its working. It does not display anything until the button is pushed. Then it displays a flashing blank line until the dish is up enough for valid angle. Then it goes off after several seconds....which can be kind of a pain if you are searching for the satellite and you have to keep pushing the button.
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My elevation sensor quit working two years ago. I use the chart in the Winegard manual and count the cranks needed for my location. Works every time. No need to spend over $100 for a new one IMHO.
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sat manual

Thanks for posting the pdf of the manual for that dish. I've been looking for one (not very seriously) since we got our latest coach. This forum is invaluable.

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