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Our First Experience With The Backup Dish

27 March 2014 - 01:39 PM

We have been so pleased that we purchased a Winegard Traveler (Directv) and didn't go the tripod route.  Although it was a lot of money, that one-button automatic setup has just been a wonderful thing to have, especially as we are still in heavy-duty travel/sightseeing mode.


We have had very few stays where our dish was blocked, but we did have one of about three weeks at one stop last year so we procured off Craigslist a $5 round dish and a $10 tripod and a short piece of PVC at the Home Depot as the mast.


We presently are in a spot for a month where the signal to our Traveler is blocked by the trees.  So, it was time to break out for the very first time our backup dish.  We watched a couple YouTube videos on resetting the dish setup on the box and aiming the satellite.  After setting the elevation, leveling the tripod, and adjusting the azimuth standing next to the dish with a hand held compass, we plugged the outdoor cable into the box and turned it on to change the dish specs.  After specing 18 inch round, multiswitch, and one tuner, we got the top green check (Odd, 13v), the bottom red X (Even 18v) and a message that said there was no signal to the second receiver.  Not being sure what that meant as we had only speced the setup for one tuner, we tried a bunch of stuff (alternating the connections on the box and at the LNB) only to keep receiving the same error message (which we subsequently figured out was normal) and now always with two red X's (which still doesn't seem what we should see).  We were ready to give up and find a Directv truck and see if we could hire some professional help.  So we went to exit the setup routine and it wouldn't seemingly allow us to exit out, so instead we hit the continue button.  Then the most amazing thing in the world happened.  It went all the way through all its routines at the end of which we had picture.  We checked the signal strength and as it was at about 80, we made no further adjustments at all and just tightened every nut down.  No align a sight, no meter, and just a hand held compass where we really couldn't even get behind the dish and we caught the signal off that 101 satellite.  As we are in Las Vegas right now, we are taking this luck to the casino.


But can anyone give us any counsel on why we are seeing red x's instead of green checks?  And why in spite of the red x's, we were still able to get signal?

Seen on I10

17 March 2014 - 12:07 PM

Saw this fun rig at a rest stop on I10 west of Phoenix yesterday.

A Good Surprise At The Verizon Store

19 February 2014 - 10:44 AM

A couple months ago we upgraded our phones through new two-year contracts with Verizon.  We did the upgrade through Amazon as our out-of-pocket phone costs were about $50 a phone cheaper than at the Verizon store.  Yesterday we went to a Verizon store to have them erase the memories of the old phones so we could try to sell them on Craigslist or Ebay.  The Verizon rep said, "have you considered our trade-in program"?  Figuring he wasn't quite sure what I was trying to do, I said, "I already have upgraded the phones through Amazon, these are the old ones".   To which he then clarified, "I could give you a $100 store credit for accessories for your Droid X and $50 for your LG Cosmos Touch (a multimedia phone, not a smart phone).  We had checked ebay prices on our phones so we were very happy to jump at this deal and not have to go through the hassle of trying to sell them..  We walked out with a rechargeable bluetooth speaker and a memory card with reader in exchange for our old phones.  We were very pleased and surprised as we hadn't even "purchased" our phones through the Verizon store.  He said the phones likely would be donated which was one of our options for disposing of them so we actually received a double benefit.  So, if you upgrade your Verizon phones, it might be something to look into.

Have A Wiring Dilemma

16 February 2014 - 06:06 PM

I bought a nifty little LED light bar off ebay that fits at the top of a motorcycle license plate and provides additional running, turn, and brake lighting.  I was planning to mount it to the back of my rooftop cargo carrier to replace the mag mount lights I presently use while towing the car behind the motor home.


But I now have a wiring dilemma.  The light bar has five leads -- running, brake, right turn, left turn, and ground.  My four flat connector only has four leads -- running/brake, right turn, left turn, and ground.  I tested the light bar and it it truly has separate running and brake light functions.  If I connect both of its running and brake leads to my connector's running/brake lead, the LEDS are fully lit as if in breaking mode.  If I connect only the running light lead the brake function doesn't work and if I connect only the brake lead the running lights don't work.  The guy that sold it was clueless when I asked him general questions about wiring.  I am out of ideas.   Does anyone here have any suggestion how I can make my light bar work fully?


Thanks in advance for any suggestions.





!! See my further explanation of the problem in an additional post I made 4 posts down from this one !!

Foxfi Won't Work with Android 4.4 KitKat

08 February 2014 - 12:00 PM

When I launched Foxfi today, I saw some sort of notice that it wouldn't work with Android version 4.4 (KitKat) and that if Foxfi is important to me I may not want to accept the Android update.  A bit of research says that they haven't yet figured out how to make Foxfi work with 4.4.  Here is a link to the compatibility list of Foxfi showing the devices that will not work with Foxfi/Android 4.4.  If you want your Foxfi, be careful not yet launching this Android update. 


Yep, George, forgot the link:   http://pdanet.co/help/devices.php