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Hopper Check Switch (with Nuclear Option)

The Hopper “Check Switch” or Test Installation is often the cure-all for satellite acquisition problems.

Each time you move your RV to a new location, you should perform a Test Installation to verify that you’re receiving all possible satellites — 110, 119, 129 for the Western Arc or 61.5, 72, and 77 (optional) for the Eastern Arc.

However, sometimes doing just a simple Test Installation doesn’t work. For example, when using a DPH42 switch with the Hopper 3, some people (including me) wind up with a missing satellite like 110. In that case, use the Check Switch with Nuclear Option.

  1. From the Hopper’s Diagnostic screen, scroll down to Dish and then select Test Installation:
  2. Your Hopper will perform a Check Switch:
  3. If all goes well, you should see a screen similar to the one below where all satellites are acquired:
  4. However, if one or more satellites are missing (as in the screen below), then invoke the Nuclear Option:
  5. Unplug your Hopper.
  6. Unplug any switch you’re using (a DPH42, DPP44, etc).
  7. Wait 1 minute.
  8. Plug your Hopper and any switch you unplugged back in.
  9. After your Hopper completes its start-up sequence, perform the standard Test Installation again (steps 1, 2, and 3 above).
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