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Old 04-05-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
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How do you check out rv satellite dish

I bought a used class A 2000 Fleetwood Flair and it has as sat. dish on the roof...I have done what I could to see if it works but still not sure if it does .... when I turn it on, it does make a full revolution and returns about half way and stops..( not sure if that means its picked up the satellite or not ) Its a Tracvision KVH R55L/R4SL dish, and VIP 211K Dish network receiver...How can I see if this system is working ? Do I have to hook up to a Sat. company or can I see if it works without their assistance.. I"m in Fl. so shouldn't have a problem finding a Sat. in the southwest sky area...Plan on going to N.H. for the summer so would like to be able to use it..
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To fully test the unit you would need to have a DISH subscription. However you can do a simple test to see if it can find satellites.
IN THIS ORDER:
Turn ON the TV
Turn ON the VIP211K
Turn ON the Tracvision Antenna

See if it automatically runs a setup routine, and then says it's loading the program guide. This will take several minutes to complete.
Or it might say that the 211K is not authorized.
Anyway use the DISH remote, select MENU, then option 6, then option 1, then option 1 again.
This will bring you to the signal strength screen.
Using the DISH remote set the system for DISH 500, use the dish remote to move to the satellite selector and arrow up/down to select sat 119, and see if the antenna will move to find it and show a signal strength green reading.

If it does the above it probably works.
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