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I already have 2 receivers, the one I just had deactived and my new DTC100, which I'm using now. I realize, now, that my only option is to get an oval dish with dual LNBs so I can pick up both the 101 and 119 sats.



I don't suppose there's a way to add another LNB to my standard 18" round dish to do basically the same thing as the oval, pull in the signal from both satellites, to save the hassle (and money) of buying an oval dish and installing it (or having it done professionally)? If so, I'd probably need to add some type of switch too, right?



Thanks to all for any helpful information and tips provided.


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One of the local "recycled" electronics places in the San Jose area of CA has oval dishes with LNBs for about $30. I'm sure you can get them elsewhere.

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I think you'll also need the multiswith along with the oval dish. In fact, I suspect that the multiswitch is the most important part of the equation. That is (as seen in your other posts), you can get the 119 sat with a second round dish pointed only at that (leaving your old dish pointed at the 101 sat) or you can replace your round dish with an oval dish with its two dual LNBs. Either way, you'll need the 4x4 multiswitch to pull these two in. Also either way, I think you'll need to set your STB to an oval dish (this is contrary to what I saw someone else post, but I think this is what they meant).


The going price that I've seen is $150 for the oval with LNB's and multiswitch. You might do better than that on eBay. I got mine from www.americansatellite.com and recommend them highly. You might call them to see if they'll cut you a deal.


Is your round dish on the roof? If it is on a mast on the ground, then I think you can handle the install yourself. I installed my oval dish. A lot of trial and error to get all the adjustments (elevation, azimuth, and tilt) right. But, you can do it and probably better than some installers who are somewhat clueless about hitting two sats -- "I never seen me one of the egg-shaped dishes before."). If its on your roof and you don't want to climb up there, that's another issue.


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This is what I did. I went to my local Walmart and purchased the DirecTV Plus package which comes with the RCA 4440 receiver, Oval Dish and Multiswitch. This was $99.47 plus tax and no contract. Here is the link:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...4555&dept=3944


Now, if you don't want the receiver for an extra room, sell the receiver and Hu Card. This will make the cost of the Oval Dish very cheap. Good Luck!

 

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I got my oval dish at Best Buy as an open box item, except it had never been opened! To be sure, I had the salesperson open the box and make sure it had the LNBs and multiswitch inside. He was initially trying to convince me that it didn't come with a multiswitch and that I didn't need one with the oval antenna. Another example of how much their sales people know. Anyway, $109 for the dish and switch.


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