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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-22, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Why do I need to tune to channel 299?

I have an advanced HD600 receiver.

A few questions for the pros:

1) When setting up a dish, why do I need to tune to channel 299? Is the signal the strongest on this transponder?What would happen if I tried to tune to channel 160-185 (i.e. the NHL Center Ice package channels)? More difficult to find the channels?

2) My tripod mast is 1 5/8 inch. I have a 75E dish wth 75E LNB which requires a 2 inch mast. Do you think wrapping duct tape around the mast would work?

3) Is the 75E dish easier to find a signal compared to the 60E?

4) I need to clear some trees. If I use the angle the satellite feed support arm makes, what is the approximate real angle of the signal coming in? My understanding the angle of the signal is different than the angle of the satellite feed arm.

Any info would be much appreciated!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-22, 12:48 PM
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Channel 299 works whether you have a subscription or not.

So if your reciever has not recieved the authorization code, you can still use the reciever to tune your dish.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-22, 01:28 PM
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You need the dish to be solid so I sure wouldn't use duct tape. In case of a windstorm you want it to as solid as possible so there is no way it can be moved out of alignment.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-22, 09:34 PM
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I used abs pipe that was a little smaller inside diameter. Cut it down it's length. Slipped it over the pipe and clamped over it. Worked well.
75 or 60. No real difference in ease of alignment.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-23, 04:53 AM
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Solid Signal in the US sells a 12 inch mast converter from 1.65 to 2 inches for $8.49 US. Works fine. They ship to Canada.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-23, 06:25 PM
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Blackhawks: you may find this thread about using a fence post as your mast helpful

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-26, 10:56 AM
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Replace the mast with a bit of correct diameter fence post.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2014-10-28, 12:56 AM
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Yes we used plastic pipe over our old mast too and its very solid.
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