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Mark and Dale Bruss

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  1. Yes a hotspot or modem use a line. But the new "unlimited" plans limit limit the data traffic thru hotspots and modems to 15 GB per the total plan. And when they say throttle down, if it is anything like TravelPass, when they throttle, it is hard to do a ping let alone any data traffic.
  2. We are in Northern Wisconsin and are using Verizon and AT&T. Verizon isn't great but it is better that AT&T for data speed.
  3. We have a 40GB data plan and use almost all of it via a modem. That is why we don't even look at the "unlimited" Verizon plans since the limit for modem/hotspot is 15 GB. Since running over is $15 a GB, we are using our Equinox's GM LTE which is "unlimited" for $20 a month as fill-in. I use quote marks because when I went to school, unlimited meant something else.
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    Hotspot/Router connections

    It depends on the charge circuits in the device and whether it turns off when charged of not. I had a Pantech MiFi bulge two batteries. Smartphones tend to have smart charging circuits, not all MiFis do.
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    Hotspot/Router connections

    USB 2.0 is 480 MBps, not sure what wireless is higher than that.
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    Hotspot/Router connections

    My experience with an older jetpack was that the dongle would carry data but the transfer rate by WiFi was 10 times faster than the dongle cable. The modem is designed to move traffic down the USB Cable. And Jetpacks do not like constant charging up the USB cable.
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    Hotspot/Router connections

    Yes
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    Volvo 780 Parking brake reporting switch

    Daytime Running Lights
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    I ask cshrader again, where did you discover that a Birdog Ultra meter works with a Hybrid LNBF. That is a pretty big statement to make.
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    TST works and reminder to tighten sensors

    Been using TPMS sensor for 12 years and never had one get loose, and no, there where no locks used.
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    Volvo 780 Parking brake reporting switch

    I am going to guess the Gen II is similar to the Gen I. The Parking brake switch is on the air line to Parking Brake air module. On the Gen I is was located behind the instrument cluster. This switch also triggers the DRLs.
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    Just where did you find that the BirDog Ultra works with a Hybrid LNBF? Nothing on the website, nor the manual indicates that.
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    The signal tone is hard to hear 150' out from the RV.
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    With a Hybrid LNBF? I think not and this doesn't fit the discussion
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    The Heavy Haulers Resource Guide & HDT Rally Site

    Done
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    Actually, unless the disk Skew is 0 degrees, the satellite data stream does not line up with the arm. Since the dish is always set with a Skew, the signal path which bounces off the dish face at 15 degrees, is actually to the right of where the arm is pointing, the amount dependent on the Skew value.
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    Apps will tell where there are probable holes in the trees but you sure aren't aiming with them. The signal beam from thee satellite bounces off of the center of the dish and I have yet found a way to put the smartphone in the center of the dish and look at the screen. If you put your faith in a compass then you never heard of Deviation, the effects of metal objects on the lines of magnetic flux. Across the country I have observed a Deviation of 19 degrees. Than means the compass was reading 19 degrees more the the Azimuth I wanted. And the Deviation can be negative depending on the side of the Mississippi you are on. If you believe the arm of the dish is the direction of the satellite signal beam, good luck. Can you eventually focus the dish with an app that gives you an idea where the satellite is and a compass that gives you a relative place to aim, sure.
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    All Dish receivers have a signal strength meter. The earlier receivers (before Hopper 3) could use the signal strength meter on the receiver to aim the dish. Normally I have a Winegard Trav'ler that seeks the satellites on its own. What I found the first time I was setting up the tripod for my Hopper 3 was that the Hopper 3 doesn't display signal strength until the Switch Check has been passed and that doesn't happen if the satellites are not there. And all I had at the time was the First Strike FS-1 that doesn't work with the Hybrid LNBF for the Hopper 3. I wound up eye-balling until I got one satellite and lived with that. That took a couple of hours. That is when I started the search for a Hybrid capable meter a nd would up with the Super Buddy 29. What we are seeing is the evolution of technology. In the beginning a simple volt meter (satellite meter) could be used to aim dishes when there was a one-to-one coax to LNBF connection. Then Dish raised the game with Dish Pro Plus (DPP) when the was two signal streams down one coax cable. The simple meter still worked with DPP. Then after a few years, DirecTV came out with SWM technology that multiplexed 8 signals on a coax and the meter technology needed to change. Then a few more years and Dish jumped the game to 32 channels on a wire (currently using 16) using the Hybrid switches. Applied Instruments built the Super Buddy 29 and subsequent meters to work with for Dish. The engineering of these meters is tough and you have to deal with the incredibly limited sales market for these meters. Outside the dish installers, the number of self-installers of Hopper 3 can probably counted on hands and feet. It is going to be a few years before some Chinese company rips off the Applied Instruments technology like has happened to the SWM meters, if ever because of the limited market. Even copiers need to have a market to sell to. Dish has released the DPH-42 Switch which takes a DPP (standard) LNBF and converts it to a Hybrid. An option is to use a DPP LNBF head on a tripod with would let you use the older meters to aim the dish and then the DPH-42 Switch would feed the Hybrid signals to the Hopper. Assuming you already have a Hybrid LNBF on the tripod dish, you would need to get a DPP LNBF (maybe $45) and the DPH-42 Switch ($70+) plus a meter like the FS-1 ($250) and more complex setup. You are in the cost ballpark of a used Super Buddy 29. Be advised, a lower cost Super Buddy 29 probably needs a battery replacement
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    I have an outlet that is Inverter driven and I kept the Super Buddy 29 plugged in until I am ready to use it. It is a real pain to run an extension cord out to the dish to aim it and it only took once to learn to keep the Super Buddy charged.
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    Batwing antenna

    There are a few but why? The batwing, with the Wingman addition is one of the best available.
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    RF Mogul vs. Travl'r

    On our Travel Supreme trailer, the Trav'ler is 8 years old with no problems. I managed to wear out the Trav'ler on the Bounder is two years but the circumstances were unique. I had put a Hybrid LNBF on the Trav'ler for a Hopper 3. There is a voltage difference for the Hybrid LNBF from the regular DPP which made satellite seeking difficult. A normal 2-3 minute search sometimes took 80 minutes. We move about 40 times a year so the extra search time in two years was a lifetime of usage. This has been resolves by using a DPH-42 switch with a DPP head on the Trav'ler, but the damage had been done. So I did have to return the turret part of the Trav'ler to Winegard for repair. Since I was out of warranty, the charge was $350 including the return shipping. I had Fleetwood Technical Center remove the turret and ship it for me. I expected several weeks before the turret would be repaired and shipped to a place I was going to. The repaired turret arrive a week and half after we shipped it in. And Winegard repaired it under warranty anyways. So with our 8 years on the Travel Supreme of no problems, and understanding what happened to the Bounder Trav'ler, I would only get a Winegard Trav'ler. The Trav'ler is 10 pounds heavier than the RG Mogul and I don't think it is just from lead weight. I prefer that the Trav'ler is attached to the roof with 22 screws and a sealed base while the RF Mogul sits on 4 feet with just a few screws. I also prefer the roller the Trav'ler used to contact the roof when the arm in stored compares to the sheet metal sliders the RF Mogul uses. The RF Mogul does allow you to be a repair man but for the $1250 Trav'ler versus the $1800 RF Mogul, I choose the Trav'ler.
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    Dish network eastern arc meter

    In the early years, when I was trying to use the cheap $20 meter, I would spend hours trying to aim the dish. Sometimes in desperation, I would set the dish for the least meter reading and would get one or two satellites. I even tried the aluminum foil over the 110 and 129 LNBs to aim. No luck. Then I learned about the multiplex switch in the LNBF head. The switch allows any of the LNBs to connect to any of the coax cables. There in is the game. You connect a cable to one of the LNBF coax connections and assume that you are connected to the respected LNB. That hasn't been the case since DPP Dishes. A dish receiver tells the multiswitch which LNB it wants by either changing the voltage on the wire from 13 to 18 volts for 110 or 119, by sending a 20 KHz tome for 119, or by sending a DESC command for 129. Without the presence of the selection, your cable can be electronically connected to any of the three LNBs. Guess what the default 13 volts selects? Satellite 110. So to sure you are using 119 for the WA, you need a selection that connects your meter to the 119 LNB. I found meters that generate a 20 KHz worked well as the 119 LNB is connected to the meter. This is why the aluminum foil system doesn't work. If your meter is electronically connected to a LNB that is covered by foil, you will get no signal. For the EA, satellite 72.7 is the aiming satellite. Since the EA LNBFs are later technology than the WA DPP LNBFs, the multiswitch may only respond to the 20 KHz tone or the DESC commands. The thing to remember is beccause the coax in connected to a particular port on the LNBF, it may not electronically be connected to the LNB you think. How to select the correct LNB, set the receiver on the Point Dish screen so that all tuners are set to the desired satellite (119 or 72.7)? This is import on multiple tuner receivers and they can switch at the coax connections also. The more reliable method is to have a smart meter that can do the multiswitch selection. A real smart meter will also identify the satellite. The Acutrac 22 Pro meter I used to use generated a 20 KHz tone so I was aiming with the 119 LNB but I could lock on any of the satellites and only the receiver Switch Check could tell me if I was correct. When I got the First Strike FS-1 the meter could issue the 20 KHz tone and also the DESC commands and when I locked onto a satellite, it would read the satellite ID. The Super Buddy 29 meter does the 20 KHz, the DESC commands, Satellite ID and also works with the Hybrid LNBFs. The Super Buddy also has all the settings for a dish setup in it memory. Using the receiver tone may work for the older receivers but doesn't do much good if the dish is 150' from the RV. I found the Hopper 3 signal strength meter is rather useless until your are already locked onto the satellites. I found this when I was trying to use the FS-1 with the Hopper 3.
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    Dish network eastern arc meter

    There is no configuration to the switch, it is electronic and just works. Are you using just one cable to the dish? Into which port of the LNBF head are you using? It needs to o in the leftmost position looking at the connectors. When you run the Switch test, what is the ID for the switch? Maybe we should define on just how the meter not work?
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    Satellite Signal Meter Recommendations

    If you are using DPP LNBF heads (standard), then I used an Acutrac 22 Pro with a lot of success but it is discontinued. I then used a First Strike FS-1 which identified the satellite it is connecting to. For a Hopper 3 with hybrid DPH LNBFs, then a Super Buddy 29 meter is needed. Very pricey but it does a tremendous job.
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    Dish network eastern arc meter

    When I was still using DPP LNBF (standard) heads, my FirstStrike FS-1 meter worked fine for both the EA and WA. They both use the same frequencies and DESC commands for operation. You might have a case where the default selection in the LNBF Multiswitch is not connecting the coax with your meter to the proper LNB (72.2). When I changes to hybrid DPH LNBF heads for a Hopper 3, I had to get a Super Buddy 29 as that is the only meter qualified with the hybrid heads.
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