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I have a new 1518. The first time I used it (I only connect directly through a window) it took just over 24 hours to lock on to a satellite. In fact, after playing around for hours with my reciever settings, unplugging and plugging back in in every manner possible, I had given up. When I woke up the next morning, I discovered that it had finally locked on to a sat sometime during the night.
Because the location I had the dish was not convenient to other campers, I moved the dish to the roof of my tt. I knew in doing so I would lose the lock, but I assumed that because I positioned the dish in a very similiar way, it would just go through the checks and lock on again. WRONG!
After watching it go through transponder searches fo another 12 hours, I went to bed. I was hoping that through the night, it would lock on again like before. This morning, (it is 6:00am here) I discovered that not only did I not have a signal, but the outlets that the dish, tv and reciever are plugged into, no longer have power to them. The fuses and breakers are fine. I haven't a clue why these outlets stopped working.
The dish is pointed south. In fact, I have it pointed in the same direction as the other seven dishes around me.
Why is it taking this thing so long to find a sat? Any help would be appreciated.
My television show that the satellite dish is continously checking the transponders through 32 of them on both of the correct sats (82 and 91), and I can hear the sat working. Still will not lock on, and will not go through the five 'progress' checks on either sat.
I had reset the reciever to factory settings on the day I actually did get a signal, so I tried that again this time. Still nothing.
Hopefully, you understand that the 82 signal does not exist in the US South of about the top of Utah (therefore no HD from Bell) so what we are hoping for is to lock onto the 91W satellite.
I will assume that you have also removed the dome from the Carryout and changed the dip switches to those required for Bell Express Vu.
I would suggest that you remove the coax from the receiver and run a check switch routine. This will clear the memory in the receiver. Now, reconnect the cable (power off to the Carryout) to the receiver and go into the receiver menu and then 6,1,1 to bring up the Dish Point screen (Check switch button in the upper right). Select the 91W satellite and plug in the Carryout. The antenna should now lock on if you have a clear view and you can do the check switch again. It will take awhile since it will not be able to find 82 but it should complete "with errors" and allow you to view the programming on 91.
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Thanks Bill, but I am in Canada, and as I mentioned, I did get a signal on 91 before. Maybe I was just lucky?
If I remove the cable from the reciever - how do I actually run a ckeck switch routine? And considering I am in Canada, do I still follow the procedure you outline?
Ok. I did the check switch, with cable off. It showed 82 and 91 as OK. After plugging the cable back I got a message saying that I had reception on fewer sats than originally thought and said not to save. I hit cancel, and a screen came up that showed a signal strength of 62 on sat 91. I backed out of everything and hit the guide. I selected a channel and ...................(oh the suspense).......IT WORKED!
I really don't know how it worked, but the power to the dish is unplugged and will remain so.
I'm not sure how that would've worked either unless the original switch was correct. When you view the switch, does it give you a device of SW42?
You have 91 now but with power to the Carryout off, it will not be able to toggle over to 82.
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