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  1. I received an e-mail today related to a post I made several months ago. Somehow the "From" from "Malwarebytes", my anti-spam software. Should I be concerned? Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP
  2. We are in the city campground in Fort Wayne Indiana and need to replace our Dometic A&E electric patio awning (top is ripping after 15 years..). Can anyone recommend a mobile installer in this area? Prefer on-site install. Plan to use Tough Top material which we now have on all our slide toppers. Thanks.Hank SKP 674142005 Mandalay DP2012 Honda CRVe-mail hanknjoyce@netzero.net
  3. Last Update - I moved the coach to a "better" area in same RV park and immediately got locals (after one more call to DTV). Apparently it was satellite 119 that was the problem. BTW DTV guy said I could get locals at any location until my DNS reactivates - first time they offered that. Hank SKP 67414 In sunny and warm Fort Wayne, Indiana
  4. Very Cool - Thanks for the info!! Sounds like a plan..
  5. A post from Nov 2016 on the Direct TV Forum (below) says I have to have an RV account to get DNS. Sounds like my plan to use my house Genie in the RV on future trips might not work. I have been told DTV does not care if I use the Genie on the road but I assume would balk if I tried the DNS. I have had an HD DVR since 2011, have an HD TV, have been charged over the years for HD service by DTV and have an HD-looking picture on my TV. I understand the reasoning why I should only be getting SD bu am pretty sure I have HD ob my main TV (my 2nd TV is still an old unit so still getting SD on there). "In order to get DNS you have to have a separate RV account. You can order a HDDVR/HXX receiver from DTV or from online retailers. The only HD dish is the Winegrard Travler stationary dish that is self folding and aiming unless you have $8 grand for an Intellian S6HD in motion for boats, all others are SD only and depending on the receivers you may need a SWM8 module and its 29v power inserter." You are right about just submitting the waiver - I will do that now and get it back on the books whether or not I upgrade to SWM/Genie. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP
  6. When I called to re-activate DNS 11 days ago I was told if I had a suspension in force for more than 30 days (which I did) I had to submit a new waiver. When I pushed back by saying I had a new waiver from 2015 and nobody said anything about it lapsing, they agreed to electronically submit to the networks and it would take "1-2 days" (since changed to "5-8 days" and told today..."up to 45 days"!). They also said they would activate local channels in my area (Fort Wayne) in the meantime. Lack of Locals on 119 is a separate subject..maybe a spot beam issue. I have satellite access on 101, 110, but not 119 right now (not properly locked on per Winegard Traveler readout) so cannot be sure until we move again in a couple weeks. I will bug DTV again about the DNS. Hank SKP67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV
  7. For Biker 56 - Thanks for feedback. I am getting 100 on 99 "s" (Spot Beam) , 87 on 99ca and "N/A" on 99cb. I get 0 on 103 "s", N/A on 103ca and 0 on 103cb. Winegard Tech Spt told me yesterday all my locals should be on satellite 119. They always were including 2 weeks ago in Custer SD when I re-activated my service at our house. Some discussion here suggests locals in Fort Wayne might be on 99/103. My Traveler (yes it is an SK3005) is set up for 101, 110 and 119. If I could get DNS service (still waiting after 2 weeks) I wouldn't care about locals. One side issue - when Traveler was installed in 2011 they only used 3 of the 4 cables; exact reason escapes me but we never had a problem. When we get home next month I plan to do the SWM upgrade, put on a new 4-line cable bundle (I have the parts already) and clean up the wiring rats nest in our electronics compartment. We have a new Genie system in the house (different account..complicated) so plan is to cancel MH account and just move the Genie back and forth as needed. I will re-assess Locals when we get back on the road and continue to bug DTV about what happened to my DNS. Thanks to all, Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV
  8. Does anyone happen to know which satellites are used for the DNS feeds? Winegard told me today that my locals come through on Satellite 119 (which I am apparently having blockage problems with). They did not know the satellite(s) for DNS and I am tired of talking to DTV (at least for now..). Thanks, Hank SKP 67414
  9. Direct TV agreed a week ago to give me local channels in Fort Wayne IN where I am for a month because they have not been able to get the DNS network channels working (I have an existing waiver on file). I have a Winegard 9005 auto search unit with an older DTV HD equipment suite (HR24 DVR and on add'l HD Receiver). I then noticed no "asterisk" on Ch 119 (no lock-on?) and..no locals or DNS coming up. So I assumed maybe the 119 problem caused no Local and DNS. So I called DTV today to check and the tech spt guy said I needed an MPEG HD box to get locals where I am (??!!) and then said I needed the same box to get DNS channels in the 389-399 range. I have talked to at least 20 DTV techs in the past 2 weeks and nobody (including a supervisor) said anything about additional hardware. I had Locals when I reactivated my sytem 2 weeks ago in Custer SD so am mystified. Is this DTV guy pulling my chain or do I really need more hardware to get Locals and DNS? Thanks, Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP On the road in Fort Wayne IN
  10. Just got word through a local journalist (we live in Custer SD) that all SD DMV's will be closed Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28 for training. Here is the press release from SD DMV: PIERRE, S.D. – All South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed for two days later this week for annual employee training. Director Jane Schrank says the stations will be closed this Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. The only station usually open on Saturdays is in Sioux Falls. “Unless it is a holiday or inclement weather, like we had earlier this month, we rarely close the driver exam stations,” says Schrank. “But training for employees is also important. We wanted to get this word out now so people can visit the exam station at another time.” Schrank reminds people that they have 180 days prior to the expiration date of their license to renew. For information about online renewal or what documents are needed for a license renewal and a list of exam stations, click on to: http://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/. The Driver Licensing program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Hank Whitney SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP On the road in Fort Wayne IN
  11. RV, Great Info - Thanks. One additional thing - I just noticed on my "VFW Weekly" that the TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP) will end on Dec 31, 2018. They are directing folks to FEDVIP which is the dental plan for Federal civilian retirees which I have used since it started in 2006. I am both military-retired and civil-service retired. I always found the federal plan superior to TRDP, especially in coverages. While TRDP seems to be a bit better than it used to, we currently have FEDVIP High-Option Self-Plus-One ($35,000 coverage per year per person!) for $72 a month; TRDP would be $64 which only offers $1,300 per person. FEDVIP also offers a $1,500 option (for us about $40 per month) but the cost/benefit for High Option is way better for us. So, if military folks can get anywhere near the same coverage as this, it sounds like a win-win. The current FEDVIP info for federal civilians in 2018 is here: https://federaldental.metlife.com/_jcr_content/content-parsys/text_video/pdflinks.asset.0.spool/FEDVIPPlanSummary_2018.pdf I just hope they give military retirees the same level of benefit. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV At Home in Custer SD (where it is snowing again..)
  12. Biker 56, Thanks for the info. We have had the MH DTV account since 2003 when we fulltimed for 6 years until 2009. We got a new suite of (old) DTV equipment in 2011 but remained with cable in the house until Oct 2017 because DTV did not have local channels in our area until recently and we simply suspended the MH DTV when at home in South Dakota. We are still on the road several months a year when the DW is healthy..We decided to "cut the cable cord" in Oct and put DTV in the house with the Genie system. That has led us to where we are today - a suspended MH account and an active home account. I could simply leave things as they are and suspend/reactivate each acct as needed as mentioned in some other threads elsewhere, but that seems unwieldy so would prefer to close MH acct and use Genie. I will replace the topside wiring harness when weather warms again (at least one bad lead and I need 4 for the SWM 8) and then do the SWM upgrade. At that point I can drop the MH account, use the Genie both places and likely return the old MH equipment to DTV. Thanks again, Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP At home in snowy and cold Custer SD
  13. Last month I tagged onto a thread about Direct TV SWM Upgrades and taking a home-based Genie with us in our motorhome which right now has the previous older equipment.. The SWM upgrade is still pending due to weather issues (snow and minus 5 dgs..). But I called DTV to see if I could merge my MH account with our new home (Genie) account to simplify and save money and was told no. But the service rep then offered to put our MH account on suspension again even though it was previously suspended from April 2016 to Sep 2017 (unable to travel due to medical). We then only had it turned on for a month or so while traveling and because we could not get another suspension. One lesson learned - some customer reps are more flexible than others. I recently saw a post on another site that said: if I take the Genie from home I cannot get local channels when I travel. But I have an existing DNS waiver on file with DTV for my MH account so I assume it does not matter if I use the Genie. Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV
  14. Joel, Thanks for the insight - good advice which I will take. BTW we also have a Ready Brute towbar - have used it through 2 motorhomes and 3 cars since 2003..simple and effective. Hank
  15. I just received a Direct TV "Residential Customer Agreement" which states (in Section 1g) that leased equipment must be directly connected to the same land-based telephone line or internet connection and, "if it is determined that the leased equipment is not at the Service Address identified on the account we may disconnect the Leased Equipment....". There is more wording, but this seems to say I cannot take the Genie from my house and plug into the RV when we travel. We currently have an older DVR/equipment suite in the MH and a new Genie system in the house. I was planning to do the SWM upgrade to the Winegard and plug in the Genie so we can have the added benefits of the Genie for the X months a year we are on the road. I don't plan to rattle DTV's cage because my MH acct is already on suspension (good). But since our Service Address for the MH is Arizona (where we got the MH acct and were still then considered full-timers) and we now live in a stick house in Custer SD, does anyone have any insight whether I should worry about this 16-page "agreement"? Hank SKP 67414 2005 Mandalay DP 2012 Honda CRV