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Tailgate DirecTV help.


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:08 AM
 

I'm looking for a good step-by-step guide on how to setup the DirecTV dish at the tailgate and how to find the satellite. I have tried YouTube, used the documentation that came along with my tripod setup, and googled my brains out and can't find a clear cut step-by-step guide (in layman's terms) on how to successfully find the bird.

Any advice from veteran tailgaters is appreciated!

Go Clemson Football! ;)

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Re: Tailgate DirecTV help.

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:10 AM
 

this should be a very good thread,,,good luck


Its really not hard ....one guy moves it around, one guy

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:32 AM
 

stands in front of tv and hollers at guy moving dish when sig strength goes over 90. After years of doing it, we are usually right on it when we set it up.

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and 3 more standing behind you drinking beer

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:40 AM
 

telling you how "they would do it"


They're never wrong... because they never DO anything.***


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 12:22 PM
 



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Re: Tailgate DirecTV help.


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:42 AM
 

R U after HD or regular DirecTV reception? The DirecTV site has a pointing guide where you enter your zip code and get bearing points. HD is much harder to set up. Free apps on phone may be helpful.
Doug

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HD....I downloaded an iphone app called Dish Align.


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:08 AM
 

It seemed to work at first, but later it started pointed me in the complete opposite location. Any other app recommendations?

Thanks!

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Non-HD simple the first time. HD can be tricky, but once you

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:52 AM
 

find the spot it gets easier every time. I'd suggest just looking at a neighbors and go from there.

Things you need:
1. Generator
2. Coax wires
3. HDMI cables
4. drop cord
5. power strip
6. some type of stand for your dish

and your Directv box. You should be good to go. Assuming you don't forget the TV.

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Thanks, I have everything I need, but I was "practicing"...


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:05 AM
 

...and couldn't find satellite 101 (well, only 3 of the 32 transponders). I just didn't know if there was something a novice, like myself, would that a pro would know.

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be sure the dish is level- that is another key***

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:13 AM
 



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Level meaning the base is level and the dish is on a level..


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:15 AM
 

...mount, correct?

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Yes- sometime the weight of the dish can take your


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:30 AM
 

mount off level. Frequently we have to lower the back leg of the tripod because of how heavy the HD dish is.

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Re: Level meaning the base is level and the dish is on a level..


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:38 AM
 
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Notice the pole is plumb (perfectly vertical, set with a level).

Notice the part that fastens around the pole is plumb. This is critical for setting the elevation (upward tilt) of the dish.

If you want to mount your dish on the side of a house or something then you'll need the short arm that comes with the dish. Mount the bracket on the side of "whatever," and tilt the mounting bracket's arm to make it possible to get the short end of the arm vertical. The simplest way to do this is with a small level. A glass of water setting on top of the arm will also work. If the water is level then the arm is perfectly vertical. That's the way the Athenians did it.

When you get your mounting assembly vertical the indicator on the side of the disk will give you a true reading. I think the elevation is 45 degrees in Pickens County.

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^^^This. Now what tends to happen at a tailgate is that


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:02 AM
 

the weight of the dish pulls that pole slightly forward. Thus you might have to lower the back leg or level it once the dish is on the pole. A level pole at the tailgate is a good start, but if you do that before placing the dish on...you'll be searching all day.

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Great information! Thanks to the both of you!***


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:06 AM
 



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"Practice? ... We talkin bout Practice?? Not the game

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:22 AM
 

that I live for ... but Practice?"

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We don't need No Stinkin practice RANDY!


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:46 AM
 

name that movie


Re: We don't need No Stinkin practice RANDY!


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 1:56 PM
 

you sound just like Dwight Yoakum..point!!


Re: Thanks, I have everything I need, but I was "practicing"...


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:44 AM
 

If you figure it out and need more practice come to my house and help me point mine. I ended up tilting it up more than supposed to and got tuner 1 up to 97% but still no picture and half the transponder says 0.


LOL .. I've forgotten the TV .. more than once***

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:20 AM
 



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Also, generators generallly need gas to run ... forgotten


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:26 AM
 

to fill that up too ...

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Get a quality deep cycle marine battery....


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:24 AM
 

and you don't have to worry about a generator or gas. Much more quiet and much less expensive.

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Re: Get a quality deep cycle marine battery....


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:32 AM
 

> and you don't have to worry about a generator or gas.
> Much more quiet and much less expensive.

Will one deep cycle marine battery run the SAT TV set up (receiver/32" LED TV) for at least 5 hours?


Mine does....


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:54 AM
 

I use an Optima Blue Top battery but there are much less expensive options that will work just fine. I also bring an extra battery just to be on the safe side but the battery I use powers my receiver and television for 8+ hours with no problems. I've never had to use the spare battery.

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Re: Mine does....


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 2:04 PM
 

How do you connect the rest of your setup to the marine battery?


Use a power inverter...


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 2:34 PM
 

It connects to the terminals on the battery with two battery clamps. Then you simply plug the TV and the satellite reeiver into the outlets on the inverter.

The inverter converts the batteries DC power into the AC power that the TV and the receiver use.

I purchased a 750 watt inverter from Sam's or Batteries Plus (I can't remember which) for less than $30.00. I als have a 1250 watt inverter

As with the battery, I always take an extra inverter just in case one fails. While I have never had a problem with my battery, I have had an inverter fail on me a time or two.

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but you have to remember to charge it .... I used one for


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 2:31 PM
 

years but prefer the generator because I don't have to charge the batt the night before. Plus, it never lasted till the end (5 hours before game, hangers on watching during game, and 2 hours after game)

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I have used mine for 10+ plus hrs at a time with no problems


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 5:24 PM
 

The battery is the most important component of the whole system IMO which is why I would not recommend cutting corners and buying a cheap battery.

Yes you have to remember to re-charge the battery but to me, that is a better option than having to carry gasoline.

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this folks...

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:48 AM
 

Is why you should pack your car the day before if you're going to start tailgating at 9p.m. the night before a game.


It's geostationary.

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:06 AM
 

Seems I remember it's at asmuth ~101 (degrees from true north) and somewhere around 45 elevation as read on the side of the dish's mounting arm.

Mound the dish. (get close as you can to 101 degrees)

Set the elevation.

Rotate the dish while watching the meter displayed on your TV

You'll be shooting for above 95% signal. 100% isn't worth the time and trouble.

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Thanks! 101 is correct. All this info will help!***


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:09 AM
 



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^^^ not all in all the dang time.***

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:09 AM
 



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I love my cigar but I take it out sometimes.

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:13 AM
 

Groucho Marx

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dang...

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:14 AM
 

thought that was a bill clinton.

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Re: dang...

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:19 AM
 

Nah, Groucho was the original. He was interviewing a couple who had eight or ten kids. When asked why they has so many the man said, "We love each other."

That brought Groucho's reply and got his TV show pulled from the air. Back in the mid-fifties folks didn't call 'beavers,' beavers either.

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good stuff, but what did they call that water loving rodent?

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:09 AM
 

;)

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Nutria***

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 12:45 PM
 



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put it on a stick, roll it in cornmeal then deep fry it...

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 1:23 PM
 

& you're sell thousands to lswho fans.

or at least that's the rumor.

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I don't see how they eat one of those ugly things...

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 1:28 PM
 

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Personally I think I'd stick to corn dogs.

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son, you ain't lived 'till you wrapped your lips round...

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 2:00 PM
 

marsh dog.

http://marshdog.com/MarshDog/About_Nutria.html

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Re: good stuff, but what did they call that water loving rodent?

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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 4:15 PM
 

Oh they called them beavers. It was the other beaver they called ####.

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Depends on your definition of the word "was"...***


Posted: Jun 12, 2013 3:58 PM
 




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Posted: Jun 12, 2013 12:13 PM
 

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