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Jerry S
Hi everybody,

I am entering unfamiliar territory here so forgive my ignorance on the topic. I recently switched my home service from cable to DirecTV. I have never had satellite TV before and am considering having one of those "dome antennas" installed on the RV. I am certain that many of you have this situation where you use your home satellite service while on the road. I've asked the DirecTV salesman, the dome salesman at Camping World, and the guys who installed my home equiptment how this is done. I got 3 slightly different, not very definitive answers. If you have home DirecTV and use it on the road, can you tell me how you do it.

I'd prefer to buy a separate DirecTV reciever at Best Buy and keep it in the RV rather than undo one of my home receivers and hook it up in the RV every time I take a trip. Any advice you can provide concerning buying a separate receiver, setting it up, activating it or the hassle of using one of the home receivers during trips will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jerry S.
riggarob
QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Apr 3 2009, 11:50 PM) *

Hi everybody,

I am entering unfamiliar territory here so forgive my ignorance on the topic. I recently switched my home service from cable to DirecTV. I have never had satellite TV before and am considering having one of those "dome antennas" installed on the RV. I am certain that many of you have this situation where you use your home satellite service while on the road. I've asked the DirecTV salesman, the dome salesman at Camping World, and the guys who installed my home equiptment how this is done. I got 3 slightly different, not very definitive answers. If you have home DirecTV and use it on the road, can you tell me how you do it.

I'd prefer to buy a separate DirecTV reciever at Best Buy and keep it in the RV rather than undo one of my home receivers and hook it up in the RV every time I take a trip. Any advice you can provide concerning buying a separate receiver, setting it up, activating it or the hassle of using one of the home receivers during trips will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jerry S.



Jerry, I use my FIL's address in FL, and my cell # (instead of home phone) and have 2 seperate accounts. When I'm home, I suspend my RV acc., and vise versa. I just finished watching Sarah Conner Chronicals, and Doll House, that I recorded w/my free DVR I got when I opened my "new" DirecTv acc. If you want HD, thats gonna be harder, because Direct is going to a new Sat. for their HD broadcasts. You'll need a 5 (but perhaps now a 3) LNB dish, to get the new HD channels. I have a KVH in motion dome that works well. Domes have a tendency to pixilate when it rains real hard, so you may want to consider a regular sat dish for the roof. I also carry a tri-pod, w/a dish set-up, if I get stuck in some trees. I hope this helps, Robbie
John Blue
Jerry,

You can call DirecTV and have them add on a new RV receiver for a small fee. You can also pull one out of house and put in MH like we do. The dome antenna will work about 40% of time in parks we go to. I use antenna on ground with 100 foot cable and only couple times in years have we been blocked out due to tree cover. If you only park in open spaces dome systems work well. We have been all over the USA and never had any problems. As soon as we return back home I move it back into house, time to add it back place is a couple mins. One more item, the dome cost more than the $20 dish on ground. Takes up very little space in bay.
RetiredFA
QUOTE(riggarob @ Apr 3 2009, 11:12 PM) *

Domes have a tendency to pixilate when it rains real hard,


Is THAT what it's called????? I was wondering why the picture sometimes breaks up in to tiny little squares.... and if that had a "name."

I don't have a satellite, but I have seen that happen at my home cable.

JJ
Trentheim
If you want to go with the "ground dish" instead of the dome, you might want to consider something like this: http://www.bbrv.dreamstation.com/sat.html (as seen before on this site, I believe).

The low center of gravity and low profile are supposed make any wind issues almost go away. It is also very compact.
Jerry S
Thanks for all the comments, advice, and suggestions. I think I need to clarify my situation and and be more specific with my questions.

The DirecTV plan I got is the second cheapest (The Choice - 150+ channels, no DVR or HD DVR). The stationary, automatic dome I am considering is from Camping World (I forget the brand) and compatable with DirecTV. This is a lazy man's choice - I can't tell you the number of times I have seen RVers screwing around with their "dishes". I know the domes are not perfect and I have heard about the potential problems with rain. I don't plan on being solely dependent on the satellite in every park. It will, hopefully, expand my park choices.

My first thought about getting a DirecTV compatable receiver from Best Buy was to save on the monthly fee DirecTV would charge for another receiver and the hassle of transfering the receiver to and from the RV/house 3 or 4 times a year. I said I was lazy. My question is: Do I just set this up with the RV satellite and TV or is there some sort of activation process to go through? I am hoping that once the initial set up is done the system is automatic as I travel from park to park.on

If I do go the "use one of my home receivers" route, my question is again about whether or not there is some sort of "process" to go through with DirecTV. Do I have to call them every time I transfer the receiver?

With everything I've been told (as mentioned in my original post) by the professionals about receivers, access cards, activation, etc., I am still confused as to what steps are involved in using DirecTV in the RV. I was unable to find any answers on their website - even in the small section about using the system in your RV or boat. Before I decide which route (new receiver or home receiver) to choose, I need to know what steps are necessary to make the system work with either choice.

John: I like the idea of a cheap ground dish as a backup, but does it really only cost $20.

Thanks again,

Jerry S.

John Blue
Jerry S,

We have used our system for years now and have not made one call to DirecTV our the house or RV. I also have the 150 channels same as you have. The stationary over automatic dome is all different. The full auto system will work on the fly. On stationary units you need to find the bird (sat) same as one on the ground. Yes, my cost was $20 some years ago and prices are low yet. Some sat. shops may give you an old to get it off the floor. Very low cost item over the auto systems. One note you do not need a telephone line ever if you do wish to order downloads like a (car race or more channels). Rain will not kill the system if you have a sig level up around 95 or so. The only time we see lost of sig. level is in a heavy rain and that only last a short time. DirecTv will call you to death. I had them add a note in system "NOT NOT CALL ME". That stopped the problem cold. Sale Sale Sale.
Texasrvers
Jerry,

Check out this discussion: It is titled "Another Satellite Question." It is on page 8 of the General Discussion Forum. Last post was Dec. 12, 2007. I'm not sure if it covers what you are asking, but I thought I'd direct you to it just in case.
RLM
QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Apr 4 2009, 07:05 PM) *

This is a lazy man's choice - I can't tell you the number of times I have seen RVers screwing around with their "dishes". I know the domes are not perfect and I have heard about the potential problems with rain. I don't plan on being solely dependent on the satellite in every park. It will, hopefully, expand my park choices.

I said I was lazy. My question is: Do I just set this up with the RV satellite and TV or is there some sort of activation process to go through? I am hoping that once the initial set up is done the system is automatic as I travel from park to park.on

If I do go the "use one of my home receivers" route, my question is again about whether or not there is some sort of "process" to go through with DirecTV. Do I have to call them every time I transfer the receiver?

I like the idea of a cheap ground dish as a backup, but does it really only cost $20.


Taking an existing receiver from the house negates any activation process since itís already activated and working. And in keeping with being lazy, it will have a remote that youíre already familiar with. Also, keep in mind that you won't be able to watch different channels on a second TV without a second receiver which means you'll have to buy two at Best Buy.

Once my dish is set up on the tripod, it takes a couple minutes to find the satellite using a cheap compass and an inline signal meter - about $15 on line. If I haven't traveled far from the last location, then I don't even need the meter as the settings are almost identical.

A portable 18 inch dish will cost you at least $40 new. I bought one at a garage sell for $10, so look around.

If you're going to do the two TV thing, make sure the dish has a dual LNB (that's the thing at the end of the arm). To determine if it's dual, take it off the arm and look to see how many cable connectors it has. Two is dual, three is triple, etc.

The reason that ďpixilationĒ occurs is that the dish inside the roof mounted domes is only half the size of the ground mounted ones. If you visualize the top and bottom parts of an oval dish being cut off, thatís what it looks like. The dish part of the system is only a reflector for the signal. So if you have half as much metal to do the reflecting then it wonít be as effective when the signal gets blocked by rain or vegetation.

With a roof system, it's so nice to push a button and get a signal lock, but that convenience is negated by having to find a camp site that's not in the trees.

You might want to research the Vu-Cube. It's a compromise between automatic/maual and permanent mount/portable. Camping World also sells those.

I'd also suggest that you find a rig in a CG near you that has both the roof system and a tripod antenna set up. Knock on their door and ask questions about the set-up.










Chuckl
I am also one of those that takes the box from home in our case the one from the bedroom as it is not HD and neither are thee MH tvs. We have the roof mounted dome that automatically finds the signal . We did loose the signal last weekend but I guest it does not like snow laugh.gif
Jerry S
Thanks again for all the responses and information.

So,as I understand it, I can take one of my activated receivers from home and hook it up to the RV TV and dome satellite system with no calls, fees, etc. It should automatically work (allowing I have a clear view) wherever I use it once the dome finds the signal. Sounds good to me. I've been lugging around the same portable 15" TV for years. If I do decide to get decadent with a second TV, I will need a separate receiver for that TV. I would also need to be certain that the dome will work for multiple TVs. With all the bigger RVs with multiple TVs I would assume an new dome handle more than one TV. As for getting a small ground dish as a backup, I would need to make sure it can handle multiple TVs ((dual NLB).

Unless I missed something, I am still not sure how I would get a new, unactivated receiver from Best Buy (or wherever) to work. Maybe the Best Buy people will be able to give me an answer.

TX: I checked out that old thread, but (as I mentioned in a topic several months ago about dated topics) "tech" topics information changes so fast that I am not sure how pertainent advice given over a year ago is today. Still, thanks for the lead.

RLM: I did check out the Vu-Cube, but I think I'll go with the dome and maybe a backup dish. The vast majority of the parks I have stayed at in recent years tend to be quite open. Again, it is the lazy thing. I do 30-40 park stays a year over a 4-5 month period so just pushing a button when I want to use the satellite is too convenient to pass up.

Jerry S.
RLM
Jerry> Youíve pretty much got it all. Moving frequently is the ideal situation for having a dome system and it will work with separate TVs, but you wonít get separate channels unless each TV has its own receiver.

A minor point. If youíre going to do the house receiver thing, then mark the two cables in the RV coming into the receiver. They are usually the same size and look. Canít tell you how many times Iíve hooked the two up backwards and then couldnít figure out why I wasnít getting a picture. DUH.
dog bone
jerry i took a friends receiver, he wasn't using it, and called direct tv for another card. once a card is in a receiver it can not go in another one. i have to pay for another receiver. if you take one out of the house you will save the charge for another receiver.
if you have two tv's in your rig you can put a splitter after the receiver on the line going to the tv. that way you can watch another tv. they both will have the same show. we have the receiver in the bedroom. if people stop by and want to watch a movie i can put it on the tv in the living room with out the second box.
tex2309
You also need to know that if you travel outside your home viewing area, then you will NOT receive your local channels, (abc, cbs, etc). In order to receive them, you have to call DirecTV and tell them to change your address from your home address to where you are camping..then you will receive that area's local channels...then when you get back home, you re-call DirecTV and have them change your address back to the original. It is a hassle to do this but this is the only way it can be done. (Dish Network was so much easier).
Texasrvers
QUOTE(tex2309 @ Apr 20 2009, 05:53 PM) *

you have to call DirecTV and tell them to change your address from your home address to where you are camping..


I'll show my ignorance. If you don't call DirecTV to change your address will you continue to get the local channels for your home address?
abbygolden
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Apr 20 2009, 06:47 PM) *

I'll show my ignorance. If you don't call DirecTV to change your address will you continue to get the local channels for your home address?


I'm not sure what you mean, but when I leave home, the only thing I do is call DirecTv and have them put my HD receivers on "vacation".

I think you are pretty knowledgable about how the local channels work, but just in case here goes. Each "local" area has a footprint which ranges from about 150-250 miles from your home. Beyond that you will not get your local home channels - under any circumstance of which I am aware. You can get what "local" stations in the footprint to which you travel, but it will not be your home stations.
trailmaster
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Apr 20 2009, 04:47 PM) *

I'll show my ignorance. If you don't call DirecTV to change your address will you continue to get the local channels for your home address?



nope, unless you are still in range of the local channels.
Texasrvers
I emphasize again that I don't know enough about this to even be able to ask good questions, but here goes another try anyway. I'm trying to understand if you can continue to get your local home area channels when you are traveling.

Tex2309 said, "if you travel outside your home viewing area, then you will NOT receive your local channels, (abc, cbs, etc). In order to receive them, you have to call DirecTV and tell them to change your address from your home address to where you are camping..then you will receive that area's local channels..."

A while back we were talking to another RVer about his satellite system. I don't know which network he subscribed to, but he did say that when he traveled he took his receiver and dish from his house and used them in his RV. I thought he said that he continued to get the local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) from his home. I remember this because he said that meant he could not get the local stations where he was staying (because the system was set for home), and he liked to hear about the news and weather where he was. This is sort of backwards to what Tex2309 said, and I could have misunderstood what the other RVer said.

This is one reason why we haven't really considered a satellite system. Switching it from home to the RV sounds too convoluted especially when many parks have cable TV, and all I have to do is plug in a cable.

Maybe one of these days I'll understand satellite systems better, so I'm keeping an open mind about getting one.

TX
pianotuna
Hi Tx,

One satellite system uses "beam" technology and the other doesn't. I believe the folks who have the "beam" type find that the home channels disappear when they stray to far from home. The other technology doesn't share that "feature".

I could be out to lunch on this, but that is my (limited) understanding of what goes on.

Another type of system to consider is "free to air".
FosterImposters

Someplace in our travels, it was explained to us that if one was receiving Directv within a large metropolitan 'home' base...like Los Angeles or New York City... one continued to receive the familiar 'home' channels inside a very large travel area. That's probably the 'beam' vs 'whatever' technology difference...

Our former stick-home was in a Los Angeles Directv base. Not much 'local' satelite TV in southern California. You are stuck with San Diego or LA unless you go cable. Directv guys helped us move/hook-up the decoder box into the RV.

Important note: a street address base is manditory for Directv. PO box won't do. Not a problem if you've keeping your stick-home. rolleyes.gif

Some full-timers use a former neighbor...we utilized a daughter who lives in same general area of our original stick-home.

Receive most of our familiar LA 'local' stations in all the western US. Lost a couple PBS stations when we were parked in SW Iowa. Enjoy keeping track of southern California's issues (ever unfolding soap operas).

Generally use the laptop to glean local area news as cable reception at most RV parks is overrated.

Hope this helps. Cheers!
Texasrvers
Well frankly, this is just not sinking in--my fault not yours. I think I need a face to face conversation so that I can interrupt with questions and get clarifications when I do not understand something. Maybe then I'll start to catch on. But I do appreciate all your efforts to help.

TX
Trentheim
I would suggest calling either DirecTv or Dish and asking them about getting local channels or even just network feeds. I remember talking to a DirecTv rep and they were telling me my options for locals vs. network viewing.

I would also suggest going to a friend who has a dish and examining his system-- at the very least, the interface for finding what you want to watch (I much preferr DirecTv's over Dish).

Other than that, jump in feet first and see what happens. Talking about what to do forever doesn't get much actual stuff done. wink.gif
Browzin
QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Apr 3 2009, 08:50 PM) *
Hi everybody,

I am entering unfamiliar territory here so forgive my ignorance on the topic. I recently switched my home service from cable to DirecTV. I have never had satellite TV before and am considering having one of those "dome antennas" installed on the RV. I am certain that many of you have this situation where you use your home satellite service while on the road. I've asked the DirecTV salesman, the dome salesman at Camping World, and the guys who installed my home equipment how this is done. I got 3 slightly different, not very definitive answers. If you have home DirecTV and use it on the road, can you tell me how you do it.

I'd prefer to buy a separate DirecTV receiver at Best Buy and keep it in the RV rather than undo one of my home receivers and hook it up in the RV every time I take a trip. Any advice you can provide concerning buying a separate receiver, setting it up, activating it or the hassle of using one of the home receivers during trips will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jerry S.


Jerry

I understand your confusion.

First no matter you get a Directv Receiver it will be leased. It will always belong to Directv.

Now as far as taking a receiver from home, this is not a problem, other than having to disconnect it.

If you get a dedicated receiver for the RV you will run into activation problems. You will either have to call Directv and have it turned off and on between trips (you will still have a monthly expense doing this.) Directv will set it up as a separate account from your home system.

(Note: A receiver has to be connected to power and a sat. dish to receive periodic updates from Directv, if it doesn't receive the updates it will deactivate. You will then have to have the receiver reactivated by Directv.)

You are better off getting another receiver and just hooking it up in the house where it is handy to disconnect and then take it to RV when you are ready to leave. (Only extra cost will be the $5 a month receiver fee.)

Now as far as getting your local stations when traveling; all locals are spot beamed. Depending upon which "DMA" you happen to be in will determine how large the local spot beam is.

Here is a couple of spot beam maps for Directv that are fairly accurate;


IPB Image



IPB Image


Now as you can tell from the maps, spot beams vary in size (coverage area, determined by the "DMA" ) ("DMA" is Designated Market Area )

Now you also have the option of forgoing locals and getting "DNS" (distant network service) from Directv at ( http://www.directv.com/learn/pdf/DNS_Vehicles_Aff.pdf ) and then filling it out.

You have the choice between "DNS" and Local, but not both. If you select DNS, you will get the network stations (ABC,NBC, CBS,Fox) from New York and Los Angeles any where you get Directv.

I have the following files in PDF format for Directv if anyone is need of them.

Channel Name Sequence.

Channel Number Sequence.

Network Number.

Network DMA List

Network Decoder

Plus several other files.

I know more information than the average person needs, but if anyone needs it I can forward them. They are current as of March 2009.

Now if you have any other questions I will do my best to answer them.

Texasrvers
QUOTE(Browzin @ May 2 2009, 01:43 AM) *

Now as far as getting your local stations when traveling; all locals are spot beamed. Depending upon which "DMA" you happen to be in will determine how large the local spot beam is.

Now you also have the option of forgoing locals and getting "DNS" (distant network service) from Directv at ( http://www.directv.com/learn/pdf/DNS_Vehicles_Aff.pdf ) and then filling it out.

You have the choice between "DNS" and Local, but not both. If you select DNS, you will get the network stations (ABC,NBC, CBS,Fox) from New York and Los Angeles any where you get Directv.


Browzin,

I know your reply was to Jerry, but I'm going to jump in and thank you because what you have explained above is finally beginning to make a little sense. I'm sure others who tried to help probably said the same thing, but I just couldn't get it--my fault, not theirs. Even so I still have a ways to go before I will really have a grasp on this. Every little bit I learn helps.

TX
FosterImposters

Well done Browzin ! biggrin.gif
Browzin
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ May 2 2009, 09:35 AM) *


Browzin,

I know your reply was to Jerry, but I'm going to jump in and thank you because what you have explained above is finally beginning to make a little sense. I'm sure others who tried to help probably said the same thing, but I just couldn't get it--my fault, not theirs. Even so I still have a ways to go before I will really have a grasp on this. Every little bit I learn helps.

TX


Glad I was able to provide some help.

IF any one has questions, don't hesitate to ask them. If you don't understand the answer, don't hesitate to say that you still don't understand.

Everyone explains things in a different manner and along the way someone will explain it in a manner that makes sense and answers your question(s).

(Just for what it is worth... I have a lot of instructional pictures that often answer a lot of questions better than words can. So ask your questions and if I have a inst. pic. that will help I will post it.)







Jerry S
Hi again everybody,

Thanks again for all the input. I've recently returned from my first trip of the year and here's what happened. The first couple stops I had excellent cable but treed sites so I didn't bother trying the satellite. Our third stop, which was to be for 4 days, had no obstructions so I tried the satellite. All I got was a signal saying no connection. On day 2, I I found a fellow camper who had the same Winegard stationary satellite dome and DirecTV. He came over and checked out my setup and said he thought I had everything hooked up correctly. He thought the dome simply wasn't connecting with the satellite. Per the instructions the dome was supposed to be set for DirecTV. A few days later in Louisiana I set up an appointment with Camping World in Hammond, LA. After a short time at CW they showed me that they had it working. Evidently there a a number of different settings on the receiver, The one I had brought from home was set on 03. My dome required a setting of 02. (Or was it the other way around.) I hadn't noticed anything in the receiver instructions about different settings. The CW folks suggested I call DirecTV and get a third receiver from them for the home TV I took this one from and use it at home so I don't have to worry about changing the setting back and forth. I have't called them yet.

The satellite worked perfectly the rest of the trip - no trees, no bad weather. As noted in several posts, I did lose all my local channels - the 4 networks, 2 PBS, and about 10 other non-network local stations I get at home (Chicago has a lot of local channels). I had to rely on cable or antenna for the network programing. It is a bit annoying to have to switch from satellite to get network TV and local (where I am staying) news and weather (more reliable and current than the weather channel). I know there were some discussions in previous posts in this thread about losing local (home) channels, but again I am not certain whether or not there is a solution to this problem. They way I jump from place to place in my travels, I can can't be calling DirecTV every day or two or three to change my address. While I may be in one state for up to a month, I am seldom in one park for as much as a week. Although I will be the DirecTV people when I call them, can anybody shed any additional light on this issue - just remember to word it as if you are writing for somebody who can't follow "Satellite TV for Dummies".

Finally, I'm happy with what I've got, but would like to get the most out of it. I just don't have the knowledge to do it on my own. Talk about stating the obvious.

Jerry S.

Texasrvers
Jerry,

Thank you for your report. Let me see if I'm understanding you. When you were on your trip you could not get the Chicago network channels (NBC, CBS, ABC, i.e. local broadcast channels), AND you also could not get the local network channels for the area you were in while you were using the satellite. But you could get them if you switched to antennae or cable from the park.

I would not like that set up at all!! First I agree with you that it is better to hear about the weather from a local channel where I'm staying. Second I want to be able to get the main network channels. If these were from my home area I could live with that, but if I am going to pay for TV service I think it should include the major networks from somewhere.

I'm glad you are satisfied with your system, but I know I wouldn't be if I have understood your setup. However, your information has been very helpful to me. Now I know that I will be sticking to parks that have cable.
Browzin
QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Jun 7 2009, 07:08 PM) *
"Snippet:"

The satellite worked perfectly the rest of the trip - no trees, no bad weather. As noted in several posts, I did lose all my local channels - the 4 networks, 2 PBS, and about 10 other non-network local stations I get at home (Chicago has a lot of local channels). I had to rely on cable or antenna for the network programing. It is a bit annoying to have to switch from satellite to get network TV and local (where I am staying) news and weather (more reliable and current than the weather channel). I know there were some discussions in previous posts in this thread about losing local (home) channels, but again I am not certain whether or not there is a solution to this problem. They way I jump from place to place in my travels, I can can't be calling DirecTV every day or two or three to change my address. While I may be in one state for up to a month, I am seldom in one park for as much as a week. Although I will be the DirecTV people when I call them, can anybody shed any additional light on this issue - just remember to word it as if you are writing for somebody who can't follow "Satellite TV for Dummies".

Finally, I'm happy with what I've got, but would like to get the most out of it. I just don't have the knowledge to do it on my own. Talk about stating the obvious.

Jerry S.


Trying to make this simple to understand and not go into a lot of details: As you have learned, once you leave your home area, you lose your locals.

Now you can get the National Channels, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, PBS, out of Los Angeles & New York. But not the area locals. You will have to use a outside antenna for the local stations where you may be.

Now in order to get the National Channels you need to fill out this forum ( http://www.directv.com/learn/pdf/DNS_Vehicles_Aff.pdf ) Plus being you already have a account with Directv you will have to contact them and verify current cost etc. requirements for setting up a "RV account".

Be sure and tell Directv this is a RV Mobile Service request. If you don't they will auto tell you that you don't qualify because you can receive your local stations already. They will probably send you out the same form that I just posted the link for. Just print the forum off the web and mail it in. If you happen to have access to a FAX mach. I can give you a fax # to send it to.

If you have questions feel free to ask, I will do my best to answer.

rgatijnet
I won't get into all of the details that others have already covered but I do want to add my own experience with DirecTV. We live in Florida and have cable service. Our son lives in Maryland and has DirecTV. I called him and asked about getting an "extra" receiver for his house and allow us to use it in our motor home.
He called DirecTV and told them that he wanted an extra box for us in Florida to use in our motor home. DirecTV not only agreed to give him another box, for an extra $5.00 per month added to his bill, but they also shipped the new box directly to our house in Florida.
For the last two years we have been enjoying DirecTV while traveling. Since he is in the Washington DC area, this is a very big "local area" and we are able to get the abc,cbs, nbc stations as far north as New York state, west to West Virginia, and south into South Carolina. In all other areas we get everything in his DirecTV package and can usually find the local channels with our antenna, or using the RV parks cable. By the way, our standard unchanged Wineguard crank up antenna will pick up the local HD channels if they are being transmitted in the area where we are parked. You do not have to get a "special" HD antenna.
Chuckl
I don't know about Direct TV but when I get out of my home area code(dish says zip code) I lose my local channels and don't get any thing except the non net work channels which is fine with us as we don't watch much met work channels any way. I have a dome stationary which automatically finds the sats. for us use the receiver from the house works fine except in snow storms biggrin.gif
ks10596
Thought I would add here as opposed to starting a new topic. I have one question about moving a receiver from your house to the rv. Does moving the receiver cause any of the receivers at home to quit working?
rgatijnet
QUOTE(ks10596 @ May 14 2010, 12:08 PM) *

Thought I would add here as opposed to starting a new topic. I have one question about moving a receiver from your house to the rv. Does moving the receiver cause any of the receivers at home to quit working?


No, it does not affect the other receivers at all.
HelenH
QUOTE(ks10596 @ May 14 2010, 12:08 PM) *

Thought I would add here as opposed to starting a new topic. I have one question about moving a receiver from your house to the rv. Does moving the receiver cause any of the receivers at home to quit working?

Does anyone have experience with the winegard carry out ?
Frank Henn
I have the Vue Qube 1000, found it real easy to set up Takes about five minutes, and on a bad day about ten minutes
Wllly
QUOTE(Browzin @ May 2 2009, 12:43 AM) *

Jerry

I understand your confusion.

First no matter you get a Directv Receiver it will be leased. It will always belong to Directv.

Now as far as taking a receiver from home, this is not a problem, other than having to disconnect it.

If you get a dedicated receiver for the RV you will run into activation problems. You will either have to call Directv and have it turned off and on between trips (you will still have a monthly expense doing this.) Directv will set it up as a separate account from your home system.

(Note: A receiver has to be connected to power and a sat. dish to receive periodic updates from Directv, if it doesn't receive the updates it will deactivate. You will then have to have the receiver reactivated by Directv.)

You are better off getting another receiver and just hooking it up in the house where it is handy to disconnect and then take it to RV when you are ready to leave. (Only extra cost will be the $5 a month receiver fee.)

Now as far as getting your local stations when traveling; all locals are spot beamed. Depending upon which "DMA" you happen to be in will determine how large the local spot beam is.

Here is a couple of spot beam maps for Directv that are fairly accurate;
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Now as you can tell from the maps, spot beams vary in size (coverage area, determined by the "DMA" ) ("DMA" is Designated Market Area )

Now you also have the option of forgoing locals and getting "DNS" (distant network service) from Directv at ( http://www.directv.com/learn/pdf/DNS_Vehicles_Aff.pdf ) and then filling it out.

You have the choice between "DNS" and Local, but not both. If you select DNS, you will get the network stations (ABC,NBC, CBS,Fox) from New York and Los Angeles any where you get Directv.

I have the following files in PDF format for Directv if anyone is need of them.

Channel Name Sequence.

Channel Number Sequence.

Network Number.

Network DMA List

Network Decoder

Plus several other files.

I know more information than the average person needs, but if anyone needs it I can forward them. They are current as of March 2009.

Now if you have any other questions I will do my best to answer them.

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