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Old 02-06-2019, 05:38 PM   #1
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I have a 03 Dutch Star that has a Newmar installed Winegard satellite dome/dish. I don’t have Direct TV but am considering it. My question is, how does the thing work in terms of knowing where the satellite is in the sky? Is it a manual pointing operation? Also, my rig has no control box that I can find so how does the Direct TV box get hooked to the roof top unit? What types of hardware are included with a Direct TV RV system? Please excuse the questions, this is all very new to me and seems I’m needs more hardware to make this work.
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I have a 03 Dutch Star that has a Newmar installed Winegard satellite dome/dish. I donít have Direct TV but am considering it. My question is, how does the thing work in terms of knowing where the satellite is in the sky? Is it a manual pointing operation? Also, my rig has no control box that I can find so how does the Direct TV box get hooked to the roof top unit? What types of hardware are included with a Direct TV RV system? Please excuse the questions, this is all very new to me and seems Iím needs more hardware to make this work.
If this is all new to you like you say, then hire a pro to install it. Or you will probably have to have a pro fix what you did.
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Well, I've thought about doing that. I'll look online for some manuals, thanks for your help!
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Hello CSWolf - Unfortunately, the Wineguard "dome" on top of your DS is totally obsolete with the new sattelites. I found this out when I contacted Wineguard on my dome ontop,of my Kountry Star. Replacement is quite expensive - around $1800. You can use a portable sat antenna which is around $600 - $700. You will also need to purchase a sat receiver.

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SatPro in Florida has a tripod mounted dish for Direct.....I just got one, pretty easy to set up, I've always had a portable automatic one, and am using an H24 receiver that receives either std def or HD......the tripod unit was $119 and you can receivers on Ebay....I have Directv at home, but I bought 2 receivers for the rv, so that we can watch two different programs at the same time....paid $100 each for them, and costs $7 a month for their service...I didn't buy the meter for aiming the dish, I use an app on phone and the outside tv's signal meters ...
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My old winguard manual dish on my 2002 journey still works, can't get HD, but direct TV came out and hooked up our box, showed me where the satilite was and.off we went. Hell I've been watching TV without HD for 60 years, no big deal haha!
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My old winguard manual dish on my 2002 journey still works, can't get HD, but direct TV came out and hooked up our box, showed me where the satilite was and.off we went. Hell I've been watching TV without HD for 60 years, no big deal haha!
It will be when Directv switches to HD......your dish will still work, but your receiver won't....upgrade to a H24, and that's the only receiver that's capable of receiving both std or hd....you'll still see std def.....
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It will be when Directv switches to HD......your dish will still work, but your receiver won't....upgrade to a H24, and that's the only receiver that's capable of receiving both std or hd....you'll still see std def.....
I'll deal with that when I have to.
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It will be when Directv switches to HD......your dish will still work, but your receiver won't....upgrade to a H24, and that's the only receiver that's capable of receiving both std or hd....you'll still see std def.....
I checked Bob and I already have a H24, so that should work ?
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