If you are going to switch all your programming over, the easiest way to do it is to get the oval DirecTV dish and use that. You will have to pick up signals from both 101 and 119 (18 degress apart) and the oval DirecTV dish is made for that.
That said, it is conceivable that you might be able to find a use for the Echostar dish but unless you enjoy the challenge of figuring it all out you are better off just getting the right equipment for the job. The "Dish 500" is aimed for two satellites that are 9 degress apart so you would have to jerry-rig it or use it for just one orbital position in a 2-dish setup.
Use the two separate dishes and by a new switch on Ebay. You can get better signal reception on both sats using two separate dishes which is nice when you have the rain fade problem. Save you money! HDnet is great and getting better all the time!
Originally posted by PVR The dishes, LNBs and cables are interchangeable
Not exactly. The LNBs are electrically compatible, but not necessarily mechanically interchangable. For example, a current D500 owner switching to DirecTV can't get a bare DirecTV oval dish mount his old Dish LNBs on it. I understand it's not difficult to bolt a D* LNB on an E* dish, but the reverse is not true.
I did succeed in jamming a Dish LNB in the *center* (110) position of the D* oval dish, but that took a fair amount of "plastic surgery".
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