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Old 07-02-2022, 06:15 PM   #1
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Cable length for playmaker

I use two playmakers dishes. One mounted on the roof of our motor home and a second for those times when we are under trees.

I understand the limits of the cable length when using a Wally and a playmaker. I’m at 20 volts out the reciever and 13.2 at 50 feet. I can just barely make 50ft with on a decent RG6 cable (but not solid core). I have ordered a copper solid core RG11 to see what that gets me. Would like to get to 75 feet. And yes there are many instances where a run that long is needed.

My question is would a different reciever, such as one of the 211 series make a difference? Can I run a longer cable? Do they output a higher voltage that would allow for loss along the cable run?

Anybody try this yet?
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I use a 211 receiver with a Winegard Pathway X2. I've never checked the voltage, but many times I have had over 130 feet of cable and everything has worked fine.
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Old 07-03-2022, 12:36 AM   #3
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I should have done more research before jumping into the Wally/Playmaker system. I normally do. The 211/Pathway does sound like a better option to the playmaker now that I’ve read about it.

Do you know if you’re using RG6 or RG11 cable by any chance? I’ll get the RG11 cable next week some time.

It kind of irritates me that a system that is aimed at mobility and RVing can’t support longer cable runs.

Thanks for your reply
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I use a Wally with a Pathway X2. I use 100' of RG6 with no problems.
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Old 07-03-2022, 08:11 AM   #5
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No I sure don't remember. I probably got my coaxial cables 10 years ago! If I remember, I'll take the boys (two labradoodles) for a walk in the direction of the motorhome and look at the cables.

A few thoughts:
Make sure the coaxial cables has weather proof ends. Usually there is a rubber sealing O-Ring inside the end.

Are you aware of Wing Dings? These are a really nifty cool item for connecting and disconnection coaxial cables. I glue mine on because they can get knocked off during travels. I got mine a long time ago from EBay. Here is another place I just found. https://www.specialized.net/cable-pr...hoChSsQAvD_BwE

We like to camp in more rural wooded type campsites, thus the need to get the dish out further from the motorhome. I carry two 50 foot cables, a 25 footer, and a 10 footer plus necessary connectors.

Are you aware of apps that show you the satellites and any obstructions between you and those "birds" 23,000 miles above our heads? I use the SatFinder Lite app.

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Picture of our last snow skiing trip. The Wingard is sitting on a 3 foot tall tripod at the far left of the picture! I had to use all of my cable getting the dish out into clear sky.
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Just got back from our walk to the motorhome, and the cable I use is RG6

Here is the Ebay site for the Wing Dings
https://www.ebay.com/itm/264633319055
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50 feet is nothing. over 300 and you should start wondering if length is an issue...
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cable length

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50 feet is nothing. over 300 and you should start wondering if length is an issue...
I don't know... I see a lot of people with cable length issues when using the Wally/Playmaker setup on here.

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wally/Pathwqy

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I use a Wally with a Pathway X2. I use 100' of RG6 with no problems.
So it's sounding like the pathway vs playmaker is more the issue

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Tried RG11 Cable

The 85ft solid copper core RG11 cable I ordered came in and worked great with the Wally and the Playmaker

I may order a 120ft cable and see how that works. Anyhow, cheaper than replacing the playmaker with a pathway. Thanks for everybody’s help.
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The 85ft solid copper core RG11 cable I ordered came in and worked great with the Wally and the Playmaker

I may order a 120ft cable and see how that works. Anyhow, cheaper than replacing the playmaker with a pathway. Thanks for everybody’s help.
Good to know! Thanks for the update.
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