Troubleshooting a Winegard Satellite Dish

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

A Winegard-brand satellite dish is designed to track an overhead satellite from a moving vehicle, for example, an RV. There are a number of problems, all physical in nature, that can cause the Winegard satellite dish to fail to work properly. Troubleshoot the Winegard antenna to restore it to its full working abilities so that you can once again watch satellite TV broadcasts. The same tools that were used to install the Winegard will be used to return it to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver

Step 1

Remove the cover from the Winegard satellite dish using the Phillips screwdriver. Unscrew and then screw the end of the coaxial cable back into the Winegard's coaxial output to ensure that there is a secure connection. Replace the cover and screw the screws back in. Unscrew and then screw the end of the coaxial cable back into the coax input on the back of the satellite receiver to ensure that there is a secure connection.

Step 2

Remove the cover from the Winegard satellite dish using the Phillips screwdriver. Push all of the "Dip" switches at one end of the motor all the way down using the tip of a flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver. Return the "Dip" switches to the "Up" and "Down" positions provided in the manual so that the Winegard can "see" the satellite that it will be getting the TV signal from.

Step 3

Remove the power supply's wall transformer from the AC socket. Unscrew and then screw the power coaxial cable back into the coax output on the bottom of the wall transformer. Return the wall transformer to the AC socket. Look for a red LED to now be illuminated on the power supply's splitter (also known as a "Power Injector"). Replace the splitter if the red LED is not illuminated, otherwise replace the power supply transformer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Blow the coaxial connections off with a burst of compressed air before connecting coaxial cables to them.
  • Do not troubleshoot the Winegard satellite dish while the vehicle is in motion.