maxview SATELLITE dish , help

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  1. do1977

    do1977 Read Only Funster

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    i have just fitted a SATELLITE SYSTEM B2590 on my rv and i have spent about 2 hours trying to set it up with joy
    has any one got any tips to set it up????????
     
  2. stagman

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    Make sure the van is as level as possible it does make it a lot easier for setting up. Take a compass outside a few meters away from your van if possible .Back into the van set your outer dial to north .Crank the dish to 22deg and line it up with Astra 2 .I sometimes line up first with Astra ! as this is a stronger signal and it gives me a guide to where 2 is:thumb:
     
  3. Munchie

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    Connect everything up. On your sky box select services, then No4 then No6
    You should now be showing satellite info

    Raise dish till you judge it to be vertical (around the 23 mark). Then start with it pointing South (we always look around for other dishes e.g. on nearby house) This will give you a start point. Then from South move it very slowly a bit at a time waiting before trying a bit more towards the East.
    If you watch your tv screen you are looking for 07d4 once you have this fine tune up or down (by moving the dish) or side to side until you show locked on. You will need at least 60% signal strength and at least 50% signal quality. Bob's your Auntie.:thumb:

    Hope this helps. :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi I have a 2590 on my RV. Have you got the maxview tuner. I have and when pressing the info button then no 1 key you get a tuning tone and bars on screen to assist. This is much the same as a separate meter.
    Otherwise set up as Stagman says, but re check every connection as they do pull out easily

    Larry
     
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    Prabably stating the obvious, but have you got clear line of site to the south?
     
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    Getting a signal with a Sky box is very very difficult because it has an inbuilt delay meaning that your dish could be in a correct position but before it registers you will have moved it. Its a bit of a nightmare really. However, if you use a free to air box such as those in Maplin's for about £50 the signal will register immediately as soon as the dish is in the correct position. If it takes longer than 30 seconds I would be surprised.
     
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    we had a Maxview on our last caravan and if the 220v sky box had been turned off for an hour or so it could be up to 5 mins from turning on before it would register any signals - always turned it on and finished set up then cup of tea then try the sky dish - always used a sat finder though can save a lot of frustration.:Rofl1:
     
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    i never saw any mention in the OP about having a skybox !

    make sure ALL the coax connections are good.

    enter the menu on the reciever and ensure its set to 'astra 2'...if its set to any other sat (hotbird etc)you wont get a signal from the astra sat.

    ensure the van is level both fore and aft and side to side.

    set the elevation to 22deg as a start point.

    point the outer ring to north using a compass..then leave it there..doesnt need to be dead accurate...just very close.

    turn the dish so the arrow is within the yellow 'astra' mark on the bezel and turn very slowly until you get a signal.

    fine tune by turning it very slowly until the picture appears then goes again...then turn it half way between the two points and also adjusting the elevation the same way.

    best and easiest is to use a satfinder with bleeper and leds.
     
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  9. mick noe

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    sorry don't know how to put a link on but go to www.satelliteforcaravans.co.uk I think you will find this very useful for setting up and much more
     
  10. evans88

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    Papajohn wrote:

    "i never saw any mention in the OP about having a skybox !"

    True. I assumed that because getting a signal with any other kind of box is so easy and that the op must have therefore had a skybox. Apologies if I'm wrong.
     
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    :thumb: no probs.....
     
  12. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    I would get one of these as others have said...............There is also a compass type for about a fiver


    Satellite Finder

    To receive a clear picture, the dish must have the correct Vertical (Azimuth) and Horizontal Alignment.
    Vertical alignment, is the angle of elevation above the horizon whereas the Horizontal alignment of a dish, is the compass bearing the dish will need to point.
    Correct dish alignment can be helped with the use of the following item:
    • Essential for locating your digital satellite signal.
    • Designed to help align the satellite dish to the required satellite, though a series of audible tones and LED lights
    • Features a signal level control knob, which can be adjusted to fine tune satellite signal for different reception levels.
    • Designed for use with all satellite systems
     

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    A sat finder is not an essential piece of equipment although I'm sure that a lot of people find them helpful.

    We have never used a sat finder and if it were to take me more than a few minutes to tune in I would be worried.

    The first time we tried to tune in it took all day and in the end we gave up. Later that night I popped out to the van and had it tuned in inside a minute. Never had a problem since (touch wood).

    Jim
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    I hate tuning a SKY box.
    After four months on the road and even with a compass and meter, we have only successfully got a sky signal twice.

    Why?
    Point the dish at the floor and watch as the signal strength fails to register any change!!!

    On site, my new European neighbours with their "I'll lock onto any satellite dish you wish for" receivers get theirs lined up before the kettle finishes boiling!
    Sky receivers believe there is no other god than AstraD at 28.2 degrees and will not offer any help until i successfully point the dish at THAT satellite, or give up.

    Rant over, i hope this was still on topic

    :Eek!:
     
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    I agree, buy a cheap receiver and enjoy free TV anywhere.. :thumb:
    never had a problem finding a satellite.. be it Nile Sat, Hotbird or Astra etc ..

    Met a chap in Spain with a Sky box and Oyster dish .. he spend days trying to tune in.. I tried to help but gave up, he never was successful , meanwhile we were watching TV from a cheap domestic dish and box I bought from a Spanish supermarket .. about €90

    Still use the same box with the Maxview Cranky :Cool:

    jim
     
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    I must admit if you have not used a sat finder before I would not bother as you could be on any satellite all it needs is practice
     
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    thanks to every one got it sorted and worked out now it takes about 1 min
     
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    Now you have to find a decent programme to watch :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Jim
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    that long ??? :Eeek:

    don't worry, with more practice you'll soon get it down.. :Laughing:
     
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    aint that a fact ... 500 channels of dross .. :Doh:
     

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