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Technical - TV Satellite Dish Replacement

Last Changed 11/14/2010

Our Winegard AS-2003 had stopped working because a problem with new satellites in space and a hard-wired control board that could not be updated. 

We took advantage a program Winegard offered to buy the new style Trav'ler SK-1000 automatic roof dish. 

This SK-1000 is a triple headed dish so the disadvantage of the single headed AS-2003 only being able to look at one satellite at a time is eliminated.

The design of the Trav'ler SK-1000 also shows that Winegard designed future upgradeability/changes so problems like the new satellite can be resolved with a complete system replacement.

TV Satellite Dish Replacement The first thing was to remove the old AS-2003 dish.  Nothing special, just scrap the old caulk away to access the screw heads, remove the screws, and disconnect the cables.
TV Satellite Dish Replacement We then cleaned the area to remove old caulk.

Then we filled in the old holes with caulk.  The new dish will cover the old holes but we wanted to make sure the holes could not be a source of leakage.
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TV Satellite Dish Replacement This is the new SK-1000 dish.  We started to prepare to lift it up to the roof.  We wire tied the cable to the arms and then added some rope at the center of the dish to create a handle.
TV Satellite Dish Replacement We used Mark Shelly's ladder and Mark S. carried the dish up to the top of the ladder.  Mark B. grabbed the dish from the roof.

You can see the rope used as a handle as it was being removed.
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TV Satellite Dish Replacement We ran a double bead of caulk under the edge of the new dish and then screwed in down.  We then caulked the heads of the screws and the edge of the dish plate.  We then went back and filled is with caulk between the screw heads to eliminate places for water to puddle.

We made the decision to use the existing coax and control cables with the new dish.

The existing control cable had 9 wires and the new cable has only 6.  The wire colors in the new cable were all present in the old signal cable which made for an easy connection later.
TV Satellite Dish Replacement The original cables were long as they had to move with the AS-20003 dish as it rotated around.

The new dish handles cable rotation internally so the existing cables had to be shortened..

We started with the coax cables, cutting them and installing new compression ends.
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TV Satellite Dish Replacement We temporarily connected the control box with the new control cable so we could elevate the dish arm.

With the arm elevated, we could attach the reflector.

We could also caulk the base edge under the arm.
TV Satellite Dish Replacement This is the control box temporarily connected with the new control cable.

We used an extension cord to get AC voltage up on the roof for the temporary install.
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TV Satellite Dish Replacement We ran the dish up and let is lock in on the satellites and checked with the TV before cutting the control cable.

Testing before cutting the control cable and splicing makes trouble-shooting easier.
TV Satellite Dish Replacement Then we stowed the dish before continuing with the rest of the cabling.

We cut the new control cable and spliced to the existing control cable.  we use Rescue Tape to seal the splices as we have found it to be superior to electrical tape.
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TV Satellite Dish Replacement This was the original control panel.  Travel Supreme built this box to hold the control panel and mounted it inside a rear overhead cabinet.

We had hoped to reused the box to hold the power brick that came with the new controller module but it was too small..
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TV Satellite Dish Replacement We use wire-ties and clips to mount the power brick for the controller where the old control panel box was mounted.

We spliced the other end of the new control cable to the existing control cable.

We used wood blocks and Velcro tape to secure the controller and to elevate it a bit to make it easier to see in the overhead cabinet.
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TV Since the Winegard SK-1000 uses a standard Dish Pro triple LNBF head, we can now use Dish separators to use one cable to feed both inputs to each of our DVRs. We could not do this with the old AS-2003 as it used voltage switching and separators could be used.

This simplified the cabling used for our TVs.
TV Satellite Dish Replacement When we removed the old AS-2003, we found that the roller on the arm had worn a grove  in the fiberglass roof.  We some epoxy in the grove to seal it.

Then we put down a piece of Eternabond Tape where the new roller touches the roof to act as a sacrificial wear point. It is there in the photo, it just blends with the roof.
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