Waiting for my broker to authorize my DSR-505. I have a signal strength of 80, but my channel guide doesn't list any of the HD channels. My channel guide skips from 238 - 299. Does this mean I'm not alligned with the second bird or is this normal.
Mine took less than a 30 minutes. When I noticed a picture coming from one of the Buffalo locals, the phone rang less than 10 seconds later...it was the broker, who was on the phone with *C. Other than spending more than an hour and a half pointing the dish (bone head move on my part), the entire installation and activation was a breeze.
Although I have installed several OTA antennas, *C was my first DBS install. My first inclination was to point it after setting the skew, but after reading the installation instructions I did it without skew. I then used my 110/119 Dish 500 as a reference and was befudled when I couldn't locate a satellite (a slow process considering I had to walk in and out of the house after every adjustment). I even checked, and double-checked, all connections, the grounding block, etc. When I stepped back for a moment, I realized that my error was in using my Dish 500 (with skew) as my starting point (at least 10 degrees off) when my *C dish had none. Doh! When I applied the skew on the *C dish and aimed it a few degrees left of where the 110/119 Dish 500 was pointing...bam, 84 on 299. Doh!
Your trip counter should have gone up to at least 4 when full activation has occured. My rep asked me watch the counter in the diagnostics screen until it was at 4 before tuning any channels. It sounds like it needs to be hit again. This process took under 2 minutes on the phone.