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  1. Thanks for your great Hopper 3 posts! I am in process of installing a new Trav’ler on my Winnebago. I have switched out the DP Plus LNBF to the new western arc pro hybrid and am using a Hybrid Solo Hub and am putting an A-B switch to isolate the receiver per your posts. I found some Dish documentation that showed the Solo Hub on port 2 and directed installers to peak on port 1. Since the Trav’ler does the peaking I am going to try tying port 1 to “C” which goes thru the box in the base of the dish and tying port 2 to “A” which I will run to the Hub. I will also run port 1 AKA C into the RV.

    Did you ever try it this way or do you know for sure that “1” must go to the “A” and that “2” must go to the “C” ?

    March 12, 2016
  2. I’d suggest you keep it simple — you can connect the Hybrid LNBF directly to your Hopper 3.

    March 22, 2016
  3. Tom,

    Impressive website.

    If you wanted to do 3 in motion satellite antennas (kvh rv1 as an example) set each unit to track only one satellite 110 119 129 respectively then combine the outputs into a dpp44 switch and drop out to duo node then to a hopper or a couple of hoppers …. Would this work? I barely grasp an understanding of frequency, stacking, etc.

    Thanks in advance

    David

    April 5, 2016
    • I don’t know if you can force one of the in-motion sats to look for a single sat. Also, I don’t think a DPP44 will work with any of the in-motions.

      However, if you have the time and $$$, check it out. There seems to be no shortage of kludges for DISH.

      April 5, 2016
      • David #

        Tom,

        Thanks for the reply. I know that I can make the in motions track a single Satelite. I just do not know how to combine the outputs in the manner that will make the hopper get happy. That’s why I was considering the dpp44 …. The in motion provide stack and unstacked outputs. I’ll keep chasing the dream … I appreciate your thoughts.

        David

        April 5, 2016
      • Best of luck — keep us informed. For DPP44 info, try these guys: Satellite Guys

        April 5, 2016
  4. 2brew #

    Hello Tom,
    Thanks for all the great information. I am planning to upgrade my Traveler and equipment from a Hopper with Sling, two wireless Joeys & Super Joey, to a Hopper3 with 4K wired Joey and two wireless Joeys. (Both with an OTA adapter) All this is being moved from my home into my coach. So I think I need a western arc LNB (ES201499) and a Hybird Solo Hub (ES203951) and a 75 Ohm terminator. Originally I thought I’d need the Hybird Duo Hub (ES204861). Now I don’t think so. Am I correct? Do you have a wiring diagram of my setup? I couldn’t locate one. Thanks again.

    April 22, 2016
  5. 2brew #

    Outstanding! Thanks for the link Tom! Order placed!

    April 22, 2016
  6. Paul #

    Hi Tom,
    Amazing amount of useful info on RV Dish! Many thanks! Would you be so kind as to post the mfg/model # of the A/B switches you use? I’ve looked for them based on the photos, but can’t seem to find any.

    Kind regards,
    Paul

    May 24, 2016
    • They’re pretty much all the same — at least the inexpensive ones:
      AB switch (click on this link).

      May 24, 2016
      • Paul #

        Thanks for the link. I figured if that the ones you chose would have a good cross-talk rating. I’ve tried a couple of slide switch cheapies which were unacceptable.

        May 25, 2016
  7. Chuck #

    THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

    I have installed a new Traveler 1000 for a new Hopper3. After running all of the wires I then tested the operation and acquisition, all went fine. I got the 3 satellites with the original LNB’s and with nothing connected. After changing the LNB’s to the Hybrid LNB’s and making sure that the wiring is correctly connected thru the base I now get “No LNB Voltage”. The Traveler is not connected to the Hopper3. But every time I try to power up the Traveler I get “No LNB Votage”

    Hope you can help

    Chuck

    September 18, 2016
    • My guess is that the Hybrid LNBF wiring is not correct.

      September 18, 2016
      • Chuck #

        After taking a step back and looking at everything again, you were right. The Hybrid LNBF was wired incorrectly.

        Thank-You for your help.

        September 20, 2016
  8. Hi Tom, awesome info, thanks for posting!
    Q1: I think I know the answer to this but just want to be sure; To avoid the BSOD with the Hopper3/Trav’ler, must the Hopper3 be physically disconnected or could it simply be powered off?
    Q2: We summer in RI where 129 is not useable nor are the locals on it anyway. Do you see any issue with swapping in a EA DPH LNB on the Trav’ler?

    You might find it interesting that the stock Trav’ler WA LNB, when manually tuned to 61.5 in RI and northward, after a check switch, will also pick up 72. Albeit at very low signal strength (around 20), but sufficient to give us full programming except during extreme weather.

    February 18, 2017
    • Q1 — Physically disconnected.
      Q2 — It didn’t work for me.

      About picking up sat 72 on a Travler . . . can’t on my Travler and for most people I’ve heard from. However, it could be you have a newer (or older) software version.

      Do me a favor and check you Travler’s IDU/ODU version, see DirecTV to DISH Traveler Conversion.

      February 18, 2017
      • Have a newer coach now so don’t know IDU/ODU of previous unit (SK1000 Trav’ler purchased June 2013) but it was able to lock on to 72 with no issues. Current unit is a DirectTV SWM (factory) that has been converted to DISH. IDU=3.00.02, ODU=1.11.08. Have not yet tried locking into 72 with the new unit, will try that next opportunity and let you know.

        To clarify, when we are in RI I can lock onto both 61.5 *and* 72 at the same time just by doing a manual connection to 61 – Trav’ler shows a valid manual connection to 61, but then if I do a check switch, Hopper finds 72 as well. And that’s with the WA LNB. I’m assuming (hoping?) the new Trav’ler unit will work the same as the previous, but won’t know until May when we get back to RI. I suppose this is just an anomaly of the geographic location because it wouldn’t do that anywhere else except for eastern New England. Thanks for your help!

        February 18, 2017
  9. Hi Tom, just thought you would be interested that I installed a DPH Eastern Arc LNB on my Trav’ler and it works great here in RI where we spend the summer. I did a Manual tune to 72 via the Winegard box and after a check switch I get both 61.5 and 72 with signal levels in the 40-50+ range. The skew is near zero at my location so I figure that was a major contributing factor to get this working. As you know in this area all the HD programming is on the EA. The roller bracket just fits around the EA LNB and the LNB’s just barely clear the dish when folded, but it all seems to be good. I’ll switch back to the WA LNB when we head west again. Here are some photos, signal levels were from a stormy rainy day. https://goo.gl/photos/jtkktV858MmsyHZ16

    May 25, 2017
    • Cool! What receiver are you using?

      May 25, 2017
      • robertpicchione #

        Hopper with sling (see photo album linked above). Getting ready to upgrade to a hopper 3.

        May 26, 2017
  10. David Browm #

    I connected as per your directions and everyting worked great. I moved to another location and it has repeatly failed. Any suggestions?

    September 12, 2017
    • What exactly did you connect?

      September 13, 2017
      • David A Brown #

        I connected a Dish Pro plus to DPH42 switch and the to power supply and to a hybrid solo hub. I have a hopper 3 and a joey. I am baffled why it worked once and then failed. I connected the DPH 42 in no particular order from the traveler. Is that a problem?

        October 2, 2017
      • You connect it as shown below:
        Hopper 3 connection options

        October 2, 2017
  11. David A Brown #

    It is connected just like the diagram. I double checked it. I get the Satellites just fine but when I connect the receiver I don’t get any signal. It worked great the first time but nothing after that.

    October 3, 2017

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