Originally Posted by tommyy2
Many many years ago before purchasing my first Dish receiver (no DVRs avail then), I found information about where their satellites were in relation to my house then hung out of my 2nd story window with a level, a compass, a protractor and a ruler to sight down the ruler in the direction the compass gave me, at the elevation angle on the protractor (which was sitting on the level) to insure I'd clear some trees and make sure I had unobstructed line of sight to their satellite. It looked good so at that point I bought the system at Sams club.
It ain't perfect but it might keep you from wasting any money for a survey if there is no chance of it working. Remember trees continue to grow so you don't want to be barely going over the tops of them.
Also when you find the satellite data make sure it's for your area and that it is current, I've read Dish had put up another satellite for better coverage and new users were placed on them so you had users in the same area some pointing to one satellite some to another.
nuff said, I give up, I'm going home, goodbye.
Thanks for taking the time!!
I understand the "aiming etc" - I'm in the Eastern Panhandle of WV and for years I had Bell/ExpressVU and actually needed to use 2 dish and 2 mounts to acquire the signal here in what I called "the southern provinces". I had a broker in Canada and I had HD long before even the "rural" cable companies here offered it. Adelphia at long last offered HD and then later Internet to my rural location so I tried that. It became very difficult to update cards, purchase receivers with ExpressVu and I just settled for cable. Adelphia was great - the transition to Comcast left much to be desired. It's now a 30 mile trip to the "closest" Comcast office.
Being away from Satellite as long as I had been I thought I'd like a "site survey" from them before attempting this time. I've already trimmed some trees and I believe I've no issues with either Dish or DirecTV but there seems to be maybe "more desirable" Satellite for some services.
I've 2 mounting posts available and only need to pull newer higher frequency RG6 to whichever I decide to use if i do. I've buried 3/4 conduit for the RG6 - when I did Satellite early I was pretty serious about it. I had DirecPC also before HSI - the phone company attempted DSL for me but I was beyond distance by a good bit, they did try but just couldn't open the "spigot" enough.
I had a 60' lift here the 3d and when at full height an antenna wouldn't clear the trees between me and the broadcast towers. Then I've got the issues with the terrain, I'm in a valley on a river bank with serious elevation issues also between me and the towers.
For me it's either Comcast HSI and streaming, Comcast TV or a Satellite service.