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08-14-2012 03:24 PM #13
You can't conclude that you got bad products yet.
On the positive side, if you can potentially grab 137, that is 65 degrees west of your longitude. That should mean you can go way down to less than ten degrees west. There are a lot of satellites in that arc.
Check your wiring.Check your actuator and especially make sure its on there straight. Oil up your dish mechanism. Reset your mover.
Looks to me, whatever side you put your actuator on, when the dish is on 72 west, it should be right in the dead center of the throw.
Stay patient. You'll be happy in the end.
08-14-2012 03:28 PM #14
another limitation and i didn't think of it earlier but fond it metioned in another thread once you get to 72 from 40 east side mount , some have mentioned a limitation from the dish mount itself , so make sure the motor arm isn't getting into a bind on the dish mount as it gets close to 72
08-14-2012 08:07 PM #15
I have a V-Box that came with an remote control and I can use the remote to go passed the set satellite position, I do not know if the G-box can do the same. Currently I do not have any limit set in my v-box nor my receiver.
But, ..... You can check if the actuator itself is at fault. Remember that the actuator itself could have limits set and I do not know anything about this actuator.
You could turn off the power and unplug your G-box and receiver. Leave the G- Box and receiver disconnected all the time while doing this.
Then disconnect the motor leads that is coming from your G-Box on the actuator.
Connect 2 wires to the actuator on the motor terminal, MAKING SURE THAT YOU DO NOT CONNECT THESES 2 WIRES TO THE REED SWITCH TERMINAL and then connect the wires to a 12 volt or 24 volt ( 2 12 volt batteries in series) to a battery.
To reverse the travel of your actuator just reverse the polarity of the 2 wires.
Do this at the dish so you can see what is going on, and if there is a bind or a stop disconnect the battery right away and see what the cause is.
I used a double pole - double throw momentary switch with center position of the switch OFF a while back to aim and adjust my dish, this way I was able to stop the dish with the switch and I was able to change directions without having to disconnect the wires from the battery or actuator. I took the receiver, cheap signal meter and a TV to the dish and hooked it straight to the dish without my V-box so I can match the dish to the arc.
Here is a wire-diagram.
Here are some pictures.
My first free dish, 7.5 feet K-tronics
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08-14-2012 08:26 PM #16Pub Member / Supporter
Bri40, measure the length of the extended portion of your actuator. If it's not close to the 'advertised' 24 inches, I suspect that the internal limit switch is stopping it from extending more. Open it up and take a 'look see'.
Or it could also be the limits set in the GBox.
Ref: my actuator at 55W and then at 137WOne night I walked home very late and fell asleep in somebody's satellite dish.My dreams were showing up on TV's all over the world. -- Steven Wright
Openbox S9, Pansat 3500SD, 139w to 55.5W +30W
10Ft USS Steel BUD and an assortment of P⭐ dishes, 84e(1), .7m(2), 1.2m(2). 2.4m[8ft](1) offset in storage. 🐱
08-14-2012 08:50 PM #17
08-14-2012 09:14 PM #18
The receiver will control the G-Box. So if you have a limit set on the receiver, the receiver will tell the G-Box that a limit is set and will stop at the limit set by the receiver.
Undo you limit at the receiver and see what happen.