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Old 08-22-2018, 07:39 PM   #1
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Dish SK-1000 Problems

Starting about a year ago, my Dish would raise and just keep searching with out stopping. After three or four attempts, it might score the three sats and I would have service. Then it said it was searching, but was still laying on it's back doing nothing. The latest problem is catching the 3 stats and then my receiver showing a 3105 error code for no signals. So, I called Winegard and they said it was an electrnics problem and I would have to send the unit in and it would be $420 to repair it PLUS shipping. Oh and they didn't say what all I had to send in, the heavy turret or the interface box. I did find that I can buy an interface box online for around $215 if that's what it is. I had one complete unit replaced under warranty, then had to Pay $450 plus shipping for a replacement one and now they want another $420 to repair the third unit
I wouldn't bother with it, but have a special needs stepson, that loves his television.
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While I would not want to disagree with a tech at Wingard diagnose your problem over the phone with that little info, but wait, it is not his money so why not?

What you describe I would rule out the possibility of a mechanical problem first. Laying on its back while the electronic brane says it is searching would make me want to rule out a loose linkage or even missing bolt or cotter pin and post assy. before I spent all that money. Maybe that brane just thinks it is searching. Please do not shoot the messenger here JMHO
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Winegard Trav'lers are notorious for the coax in the turret, between the LNB and the control box, going bad. I would replace that piece of coax, just standard RG6, first and see what happens. If you have the tool and fittings for making up coax cabling you can make your own. I don't believe Winegard will supply a replacement cable.
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