- Aug 12, 2006
I've been working on this new setup for several weeks with mixed success. Thanks to you guys I've had very little trouble aligning the dish. I followed the frequently seen recommendation of setting up without the motor first. No problems. Once I installed the motor I started having issues. I introduced my invacom LNB at the same time and only had to adjust my dish a very little to peak the signal. I think the problem is with my extremely long cable run of 260 ft. from my receiver to the motor. I'm getting exceptable signal quality but I'm having trouble with my motor. When I switch satellites the motor moves in what appears to be 1 step increments. the green light blinks orange for a few seconds then it moves another step. It takes for ever to move from bird to bird and sometimes it never makes it, especially when returning from the end of the arc. In this case the motor isn't moving and the green light flashes orange every few seconds. My initial setup (pre motor) was using old coax from an abandoned D* system with lots of splices. I ran new cable so I now have a single piece fo coax from the motor to the receiver. When I take the TV and reciever out to the dish everything works fine. The dish moves from bird to bird relatively smoothly/quickly. It does stop every 4 or 5 seconds for a fraction of a second but I assume this is normal. My RG6U coax isn't quad shielded but it is sweep tested up to 3Ghz. I've seen posts that talked about runs of 150 ft. with no problems but none as long as mine. Unfortunately this is the only place where I have a good LOS. Does anyone know if a run as long as mine would cause enough voltage loss to make the motor behave as I've described. If so, is there anything I can do about it?