Moving to St John want to keep Hopper

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I recently learned that I am moving to the USVirgin Islands and that the home we will live in has a Dish already but not sure what LNB. They did not have a hopper system but had another receiver with a single feed from the dish. I plan on living there for 6 months and then returning to the US. When back, the owner will return and bring his receiver. When I am there, I want to bring my hopper and use it . Obviously I will let Dish know I am moving each time. My question is what changes need to happen on the dish itself to allow both of us to use the dish without reconfiguring it every 6 months?
 
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In the USVI the standard dish is now a 90CM dish with a dual LNB aimed at 110 & 119.

You will not get all the HD channels that you received stateside. No PTAT and the locals are not in HD. Some of the commercials on the locals (the stations in Puerto Rico ) are in Spanish.

If you are a baseball fan you probably will not get any play off baseball or World Series games that are carried on Fox. You may be able to sign up for distant locals from either NY or Calif.

Unless you are a night owl watching Monday night football is tough. When the US goes back on standard time in the fall games don't start here until 9:30 PM.

Your home's cabling will have to be modified to incorporate the node the Hopper works off. Some or all of the old coaxial cable will need to be replaced to meet the Hopper's higher standards.

IMHO you might just be better off just using a VIP receiver and modify or replace the satellite dish to pick up both 110 and 119 and add a switch if necessary. Having a dish and cabling system that will support either a Hopper or a VIP receiver is going to be overly complicated.

Enjoy St. John!
 
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ask the owner of the place if he can check the sys info screen and tell you what switches and lnbs appear in the signal area. i'm in PR, near USVI, and i'm using a hopper, of course, my system uses DP lnbs, a DPP44 switch and a dual node for 2 hoppers.
 
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Can do. My original thought was to buy a new LNB (if I could figure out which one), a single node and if necessary a switch and just replace the existing LNB, upgrade the coaxial/add a second run from the dish and carry the hopper down there. His dish is a 48 inch that currently is correctly pointed to pick up at least 110 and probably 119. Then when I left, bypass the single node, reroute one leg of the coax back to the old way he had it but leave the new LNB in place. That would cost less than buying a new 722 VIP.
 
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you need a DP lnb for each antenna (119 & 110), a DPP33 switch (or DPP44), and a single node (duo node for 2 hoppers) if the installation in the house is not new. a view of the sys info screen will help to determine what you really need.
 
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Get rid of the 48" dish and go for the 90cm 30" dish. I seldom have rain fade using my 30" dish. The larger dish won't do much to improve reception and a smaller dish is less likely to blow away in a storm and it is easier take it down and store when a hurricane is on the horizon.
 
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Just a dumb question, but wouldnt the Eastern Arc be easier to hit from the USVI?

It could be a problem with not having anything pointed that way, but I thought I'd ask.

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Not sure why but when I lived there before, my dish guy (terry from Stjohn) said the only sats he could lock onto reliably were the 110 and 119.
 
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yep, only 119, 110 and 61.5 can be captured in PR too.
 
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Just a dumb question, but wouldnt the Eastern Arc be easier to hit from the USVI?

It could be a problem with not having anything pointed that way, but I thought I'd ask.

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The USVI are located at 64 degrees West. You would basically need two dishes aiming almost straight up. One aimed slightly East and South and the other slightly West and South. to pick up 61 and 72.
 
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The USVI are located at 64 degrees West. You would basically need two dishes aiming almost straight up. One aimed slightly East and South and the other slightly West and South. to pick up 61 and 72.

Didn't realize they were "that far west" in longitude. For some reason, I was pegging them around the 45-50 mark .



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Didn't realize they were "that far west" in longitude. For some reason, I was pegging them around the 45-50 mark .



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You were only 1,000 miles off, but at least you had the Virgin Islands in the Western Hemisphere. Good thing you were not navigating for Christopher Columbus in 1493 or he never would have found the islands.

If you asked most people they couldn't tell you if the Virgin Islands were closer to Puerto Rico or Tahiti.
 
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You were only 1,000 miles off, but at least you had the Virgin Islands in the Western Hemisphere. Good thing you were not navigating for Christopher Columbus in 1493 or he never would have found the islands.

If you asked most people they couldn't tell you if the Virgin Islands were closer to Puerto Rico or Tahiti.
Columbus was a dope. He bumped into the islands on the way to China.
 
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You were only 1,000 miles off, but at least you had the Virgin Islands in the Western Hemisphere. Good thing you were not navigating for Christopher Columbus in 1493 or he never would have found the islands.

If you asked most people they couldn't tell you if the Virgin Islands were closer to Puerto Rico or Tahiti.


Given that Columbus didn't have any knowledge of what was west of his departure point that he found them at all is fairly remarkable. I'm guessing you missed a :) somewhere in there.

I would hope that my education gave me a limited knowledge of the world around me, even if I don't have lat/long pairs for various spots on the globe memorized.



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Actually 1493 was Columbus's second voyage to the New World so he at least knew for sure he wasn't going to fall of the edge of the Earth. He was looking for riches and other treasure.

When he landed on St Croix in what is now called Columbus Cove he got into the a dust up with the indigenous people. This was the first recorded battle of Indians vs Europeans in the Americas. :D
 
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ask the owner of the place if he can check the sys info screen and tell you what switches and lnbs appear in the signal area. i'm in PR, near USVI, and i'm using a hopper, of course, my system uses DP lnbs, a DPP44 switch and a dual node for 2 hoppers.

I was just going to recommend the DP44 with Dishpro LNB's to make it work
 

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