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Old 04-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #15
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Is dish set to lock on SAT 101?
Is the dish searching the right reception zone?
Have a KD. Been working well now 5 years.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:16 PM   #16
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Is dish set to lock on SAT 101?
Is the dish searching the right reception zone?
Have a KD. Been working well now 5 years.
Sure is!
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:16 PM   #17
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How did you get it to work then? You did not post the cure.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:57 PM   #18
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How did you get it to work then? You did not post the cure.
I don't know what I did Thursday nite other than reset the receiver. But that didn't work Friday nite.. Still no Direct TV.
I figured that since it did work before that all I had to do was push the start button-----Boy was I wrong!
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:07 PM   #19
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Finhawk,
I feel your pain, several times over. I too have been very close to getting out the 12GA and make a few zillion pieces out of it. Yes some have had good luck and say, Ours is fine, why not yours??? Well, that's just the way technology is. It amazes me that those KDs get very picky once in a while. Since you said it worked on one day, but not the next, then, OBVIOUSLY the receiver is NOT TURNED OFF!
But, I've got a possible suggestion for you. Here's what was suggested to me and I've used it ever since. Turn on the TV. Make sure that the TV and the receiver have had contact with each other for at least about 15 minutes or more before you try this suggestion. By that I mean the receiver has had power and is hooked to the TV.

Then with TV on:
1. Direct TV icon should be floating around screen
2. Select "Menu"
3. Drop down selection on left side, select "Parental/favorites/setup"
3. Drop down selection, select "setup"
4. Drop down selection, select " Satellite"
5. In next screen, on right side select "Signal strength"
6. In next screen, on right side is, "signal meter" and "done", select Signal meter"
7. On that screen will be a graph and, if your sound is up on the TV, you'll hear "Beeps". The beeps will be long distance apart and the graph will be black.

Now, push the search button on your King Dome control. Your K/D will start to search. At this point in time, if, and it's a large "IF", your K/D is working anywhere near correct, it may take only a minute or, it may take a few times to start to find the correct bird that is uses for your particular setup. It may hone in on a bird but, the graph will not show it and, the beeps will remain the same frequency and timing.

But, if it does what I think it should do, which is what ours does, (no guaranty here) here's what will happen if, things go as planned. If the K/D starts to find the correct bird, the graph will start to show green from the left side. And, the closer it is to the highest signal strength, the graph will travel more and more to the right and, the beeps will become a lot closer together.

If you are presented with that picture, then, have your finger on the "off" button of the King Dome control. I usually time it to where it reaches around 80-85% signal strength. At that point, hit the off button so the KD stops searching. You will NOT LOOSE THE SIGNAL. You're only stopping the search.

Now,
If this has all happened as it should, push the "back" button on your remote 'till you go all the way back to the main screen. Then, push guide. At this point in time, you will not receive any channels 'cause you just linked the bird with the KD. The KD now has to correlate the signals and then, send them to the TV. It might take about a minute to two or three, but no longer. If, it does like it's supposed to, during the screen with the guide, which is almost blank right now, it will have a small screen at the top right and it will be black. But, as soon as the receiver is ready, you'll see a channel being displayed in that little screen.

Now, all this is just an experiment Sir. We've both done it so many times that it's now child's play to do all that I've just explained to you. It works just about every time, even way out in the desert, as long as you've got A/C power to all the components. Please try this system as it won't take you very long and, it will eliminate part of a possibly defective part of the KD but, you'll still be able to use it. Just a suggestion Pal.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #20
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I am using Dish 301 & King dome. 5 years no real issues. However it will do the search grind if it can not "see" the sky well enough to lock on to a Satellite. Trees or other blockages in the sky view for the King dome. Then, if the receiver goes "off" or is turned off it will go on a night "looking" between different Satellites. Leave it on all the time and it does not do the "looking" thing. Just ordered a new Dish 211k HD receiver and will be setting this up soon.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #21
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If you pull the cover on any of the 'dome' type dishes you'll find the actual antenna/dish to be extremely small.. overall surface smaller than a dinner plate. It doesn't take much of an obstruction to cause signal loss. I'm with smlranger, unless you need in-motion satellite, Trav'ler wins, hands down - even through moderate tree and cloud obstructions.

Meanwhile, a dealer can plug into your dish and ensure it's calibrated properly.
We were looking at a new Dutch Star over the last week. No satellite dish installed. The salesman said he'd just get one of the portable units and forget the rooftop one. Kind of makes sense. No holes to drill, no installation, cheaper and you can move it around to miss the trees etc.
Our old Winegard, installed OEM in 2002 still works fine.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:49 PM   #22
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MR__D,
Well Sir, I don't blame you for not wanting to install a dome or any other satellite mechanism up there on your new coach. While most of them have a fair reputation for working correctly, as you can see, there still are some issues with some of them. It's a preference thing. I too like the little Stand-a-lone tri-pod dish. You can move it all over the place and the one I had in service for a short while, worked flawless. I got mine brand new off ebay for $75.00 which included 50' of new cable, a compass, nice tri-pod, the dish and, a nice signal meter.

But, if and when the ones (no matter which ones) are working correctly, it's sure nice to push a button and it does all the work for you. Like I stated earlier, our King Dome is a automatic/manual unit so, until it quits completely, I'll use it for the time being.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:55 PM   #23
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Replacing the dome with the Winegard Travler is one of the best upgrades I made. If Momma ain't happy, nobody is happy!
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #24
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we had a Kingdome on our first motorhome, will never have another one, had to play around with it for hours to set up
listen to the radio, much easier,
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:12 PM   #25
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One of my happiest days with our previous coach was the day I pushed the Kingdome off the roof and installed the Winegard Trav'ler.

The coach we just got has a TracVision dome and while it works as advertised, it does not provide HD with Direct and last evening in a steady rain we lost all signal. So, the first project when we get back home with this coach is to jettison the TracVision and install a Trav'ler.
They should call it the "Cubs" dome, as nobody ever won there. We had a King dome on our first Winnebago and it was awful. Had it taken off and replaced with the Traveler. Best move since corn cobs.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:51 PM   #26
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We were looking at a new Dutch Star over the last week. No satellite dish installed. The salesman said he'd just get one of the portable units and forget the rooftop one. Kind of makes sense. No holes to drill, no installation, cheaper and you can move it around to miss the trees etc.
Our old Winegard, installed OEM in 2002 still works fine.
We just bought the same model with a King Dome on it. Have not checked it out just yet to see if it will work with my DISH network HD DVR but I suspect it will not. Sounds like the Wineguard Trav'ler maybe the way to go if this unit does not function as needed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:10 PM   #27
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cptngym...I did check with KingDome on working with a HD receiver. Unit will work with HD. Only 1 LNB and it will switch/move between the different sat 110/119/129 when you change channels to different shows using different sats.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:36 PM   #28
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I give up. If it doesn't work when I get back to home base, it's going to the dump!!
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