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Old 04-24-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Sat Dome Problem or Electrical Problem??

Happy Easter Everyone,

I have had some success setting up my Sat Dome and getting reception, but nothing is consistent. My coach is sitting stationary in the driveway and is plugged into shore power. I activated the DirectTV card and receiver. I turned on the Sat Dome (KVH in motion) and heard it whirring around and a picture popped up on the TV screen. Everything was working great, so I turned off Sat button because I knew that it did not have to find signal anymore. When I departed coach, I turned off receiver and TV.

The next day, I came into the coach and tried to turn on the TV. The receiver would not power up. I tried unplugging and replugging the device and eventually it powered up. I then got a picture...GREAT!!

Today, I went into coach and again, no power to the receiver. (The other devices plugged into nearby outlets are all working) I then unplugged and replugged receiver until it powered up. (I switched outlets around again...) But still no picture. I restarted SAT Dome and after three times whirring around. It finally found a picture...

I am confused...

1. Do I need to keep finding a satellite signal if I have not moved the coach? I thought that I only needed to re-find signal if I have moved around or am using it in-motion.

2. I hesitate to leave the receiver on all the time when we are not watching TV, because frankly I am stingy about electricy usage. But maybe I should leave it on to avoid this unplugging/plugging routine???

Please talk to me and give me some ideas...

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Old 04-24-2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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Sometimes a Sat receiver will not come on instantly when the power switch is activated, give it a little time to see.

If nothing physically has changed then the signal should still be present each time you turn the system on.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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From the sounds of it you have a defective receiver.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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Sat Dome Problem

My DirecTV receiver and Winegard antenna operates essentially the same. For example, if I acquire the sat signal, and then turn the system OFF, and leave the coach connected to shore power, the next time I turn the TV on, it is locked on to the sat signal, and has a picture.

IF HOWEVER, I turn the system OFF and then unplug shore power, (removing power from the receiver) the next time I turn it on the dumb receiver doesn't see a sat signal. Then, I must turn the antenna on and it whirs and turns, and re-finds the signal and all is well.

I think this is normal, and my house system operates the same - when power is lost to the receiver, it must re-acquire the signal.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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The difference is his sat receiver not only won't see the sat till it's reset,

It won't even turn on, he had to unplug and re-plug it

Oh to the O/P, when you unplug, keep it unplugged for one full minute, add a mnuite every time till it works.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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Could the ignition interlock system be faulty? Mine went bad once and the TV was intermittent when parked. It turned off OK when the ignition was on.

Just a thought...
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