HTS TRACKER SYSTEM 70

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Is this receiver synonymous with the Motorola? I had a 922 for a year subscribed but sold it for an 300% profit in a moment of greed, during the feeding frenzy...

I received this with the Perfect Ten C band dish I bought last year, but only plugged it in a couple times and it worked on analog channels to give me a picture, but I never hooked up the actuator to it.

I was thinking of changing the battery out and loading MapMaster in it? Or is this a lost cause?


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No, that's just a plain analog NTSC receiver and now is worthless for signals, though you could use it for a motor controller if you are desperate. It doesn't do Digicipher.
 
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Those Houston Trackers were amazing. My dad had a Tracker V that served him for almost 15 years. Along with the old Birdview dish that sat in the back yard for about 20 years, it made for some excellent satellite viewing. Where our original Birdview setup was receiver, motor controller, and later a Videocipher II decoder box.....the HTS combined all of that into one unit. I think had the receiver not been destroyed by lightning in 2002, he would have still been using it until the last good analog signal left C-Band. He was very good at being slow to adopt the latest technology......it was sad that he never got into 4DTV or gotten an FTA receiver.....he might not have ever gone to Dish. His HTS system held up better than my grandfather's Drake system, which was a patchwork of receivers/motor controllers (including a couple of early Tracker positioners) for the years he had it until he finally broke down and bought a Tracker IV.
 
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T4Runner,

Let me know if you like to sale the HTS 70
 
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T4Runner,

Let me know if you like to sale the HTS 70

I would be glad to give it to you if you were able to pick it up. But i'm in central California, and shipping this heavy thing will be costly. Where are you?



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Those Houston Trackers were amazing. My dad had a Tracker V that served him for almost 15 years. Along with the old Birdview dish that sat in the back yard for about 20 years, it made for some excellent satellite viewing. Where our original Birdview setup was receiver, motor controller, and later a Videocipher II decoder box.....the HTS combined all of that into one unit. I think had the receiver not been destroyed by lightning in 2002, he would have still been using it until the last good analog signal left C-Band. He was very good at being slow to adopt the latest technology......it was sad that he never got into 4DTV or gotten an FTA receiver.....he might not have ever gone to Dish. His HTS system held up better than my grandfather's Drake system, which was a patchwork of receivers/motor controllers (including a couple of early Tracker positioners) for the years he had it until he finally broke down and bought a Tracker IV.

I'm not sure whether a video-cypher module is in it or not. Outside of box has a conflicting statement on a label attached. I think it does have something though cause the original owner was subscribed for several years.

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You can tell by looking at the back of the receiver if it has the videocypher module, it looks like a huge VHS tape cartridge that slides into a big slot in the back. It may have a cover plate over the slot in the back if the cartridge is not in there.

If the VC module is in there you need to remove it and pitch it if you want to save the receiver or gift it to someone. They have a battery in them that will wipe out the receiver electronics if it bursts.
 
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You can tell by looking at the back of the receiver if it has the videocypher module, it looks like a huge VHS tape cartridge that slides into a big slot in the back. It may have a cover plate over the slot in the back if the cartridge is not in there.

If the VC module is in there you need to remove it and pitch it if you want to save the receiver or gift it to someone. They have a battery in them that will wipe out the receiver electronics if it bursts.

I opened the manual and looked at it for basically the first time. Apparently, this is a newer HTS receiver, as it does have front load video-cypher and a "TVPASS card" slot for future it says... The manual has a sat list updated December 31, 1992, so its no older than that. I think I remember the owner I bought it from telling me he removed the card before he packed it up. I didn't care as I only wanted the dish to begin with...


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It would have never had a card. The "TV Pass" card was another level of security that could have been implemented in the VCRS (VideoCipher II Renewable Security Module) if the VCII+ was ever broken, which it was not (or at least the plus hack was never released). So, therefore the TV Pass card was never needed or implemented by GI.


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If you have any free time, can you please check what will shipping be to zip 20902, thanks.
 
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