RV Satellite Antenna Installation

At listener request, we made a photo show of how we do our RV satellite Antenna Installation when we get to a campground. This is a DirecTV HD Satellite dish we use with our new Genie receiver. The entire process takes around 10 minutes when we’re not taking pictures.

All stored in a basement compartment
All stored in a basement compartment
This is the Positioning assembly on the right with arm and LNB on the left
Tripod carrying case
Here is the Mast, the ground screw, the bubble leveling tool, and the tripod assembly
Here the tripod is set up and awaiting the mast to be screwed into the socket in the center
The tripod is complete and awaiting levelling
Each leg is individually adjustable to obtain level shown in the bubble tool.
The ground screw installation
All the way in!
The leveled tripod is secured with a ratchet strap. This will keep the entire antenna stable at winds up to 50mph.
The adjusting assembly is placed down over the mast.
The dish is attached to the adjusting assembly.
These are the fine adjustments for azimuth(left or right) and elevation (up and down). The bolts in the center are tightened when optimum azimuth is detected with the signal strength display on the TV.
Adjusting for rough azimuth. Usually I have my cellphone on and talking to Kathy inside looking at the signal strength display. This tripod is a heavy duty model I bought from H&G Enterprises for around $125. Check them out at http://www.tv4rv.com
Attaching the signal cable to the LNB (Low Noise Block Amplifier)
These Coaxial cable ports are right behind the Satellite Receiver inside the coach.
Selecting the proper cable to connect to the TV.
I do this step first to get the coordinates for aiming the antenna.
Input the current zip code and the proper settings will appear.

Usually, Kathy will be inside on the phone with me as I adjust things outside. Today was quite special as we only moved around 100 miles north and I set it all up and went inside to take a picture and lo and behold, we had an optimized signal without further adjustments! This NEVER happens.

This is the signal strength display after we aimed the dish. This is a DirectV Genie Receiver which can record 5 shows at once, thus 5 tuners.
This 1/2 inch ratcheting wrench is the only tool I need for the dish setup.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.

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