Tuesday, January 17, 2012

High Definition Debacle

I may have discovered the problem I have been having with not getting the HD channels on our StarChoice. The website I have been using to help me aim the dish was recommending “Skew” settings that are totally different from the reference document I have used in previous years. For instance, here in Campeche I set the skew at 115 degrees. When I compared this with the old document, I found the old document recommends 134 degrees!

The skew setting ensures the dish is able to receive data from both satellites. Having the skew this far off may mean I am only “seeing” one satellite and all the HD channels are on the other one! I am not going to temp fate by trying to rotate the dish today but when I set it up in Merida tomorrow I will use the readings from the second document.

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Here are a couple of shots of the RV Park here at Club Nautico where it is currently 81F at 10:30 AM. Another pool day.

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7 comments:

  1. I am so glad we don't watch TV. Sounds like people spend more time getting their satellite dishes set up than they do watching the TV!

    Having said that, I could not do without my internet, so each to his own!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  2. I am interested to figure out whether that is your problem or not. Might answer a question or two about my lack of HD.

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  3. Does Shaw/Starchoice have an automatic dish? I hate all that setting up. We use Bell when in Canada and Dish when in the US. Both are compatible with the Winegard Carryout.

    Mike and Dee
    gonerving.blogspot.com

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  4. Jim (also retired TWU)January 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I am enjoying your blog Croft and the pictures are so nice. I flew to Puerto Vallarta (my first Mexican trip)last February and sure want to go back. The Mexican people were so hospitable and kind. I marvel at your sense of adventure in your rv and it looks like paradise. The weather in Vancouver is snowy and cold at -6C and Campbell River is -7C. Have a safe and wonderful vacation......I am very envious! Jim C

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  5. Welcome to Merida....we are SO VERY jealous!

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  6. There's a nifty app for your iPhone or Android that will help you point your dish. It's called Dish Pointer and it's available at www-dot-dishpointer-dot-com.

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