Satellite Challenge

When we purchased our 5th wheel we decided to have an automated satellite dish system installed. With this system we just push a button and in about 5 minutes the system automatically finds the right spot and DirectTV works. Satellites are one of the most amazing uses of technology out there. We get our TV signals, news, texting, weather information and of course…Google Earth.

When we backed into our current campsite in South Carolina we realized that the dreaded day had finally come.

Our site had too much tree cover for our satellite to find a signal. We knew portable satellites were available – it was time to pony up and buy a portable unit. We went to Camping World and bought a satellite, tripod and signal meter. We knew we would have to reconfigure our receiver and deal with concepts like….

Azimuth“….an angular measurement in a spherical coordinate system. The vector from an observer (origin) to a point of interest is projected perpendicularly onto a reference plane; the angle between the projected vector and a reference vector on the reference plane is called the azimuth.”

Also –  “true north” and “Elevation”. Throw into the mix the use of a signal meter and several different instruction manuals – we had a wild time trying to figure it out.

Bottom line is that we are back online and watching Fox News again.