Old Satellite system

Old 02-04-04, 03:18 PM
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Old Satellite system

I have inherited an older RV with a c-band system on it. Looks like the dish (I've seen smaller cars on the road) moves up and down into position alright....I have a receiver but the wires from the "dish" into the recvr are all disconnected...

I could trash the whole thing, but I really didn't grab this RV to watch tv.....so here are my questions:

What's on c-band anymore?

I need a manual or hook up instructions for a mid 90's gizmo called an "HTS Premier 30 Reciever"...and any operating instruction I can get.

Anyone out there have any insight or leads on where I might get this information?
Thanks in advance.
Old 02-04-04, 06:54 PM
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Most people are gradually abandoning their C-band dishes, me included!! Mostly due to maintenance, size, and the loss of some good channels available. The programming was less expensive, and some channels could be purchased a-la-cart, but unless you invested in a $800 4DTV recieiver for expanded channels, it really isn't worth it. Your dish is actually too small for real good reception, (8' minimum for our area- not sure about CA).

I think Houston Tracker is out of business.

You would be best served by getting a free small dish system with a couple receivers, and use one in the motorhome. Check with DishNet or Direct for promotions. For example, I just installed a 'free' DishNet sys: an 811 High Def receiver and a 311 in another room.
Of course your biggest problem will be readjusting the dish angle every time you set up camp. But it's easy to learn. The biggest thing is making sure your plumb to start with.

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Unfortunatley now, most sat. programming (even C band) is scrambled and you will need a subscription just like "small dish". I'd go for the small dish, since it is much smaller and simpler than a big C band dish. The one big advantage to the big dish is that it ALWAYS works. There is no weather on the planet that can block the signal when you're wathcing with a 10 ft. West Virginia Wild Flower. I think about that every time it starts to rain hard and the small dish signal turns to "chipmunks"

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