Audiovox Skybox User manual

Audiovox® Skybox
Installation & User Manual
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Contents
Skybox Installation & User Manual.................................................................................................1
Disclaimers....................................................................................................................................... 1
1 Welcome........................................................................................................................................4
1.1 Installation & User Guide.......................................................................................................... 4
1.2 Icons........................................................................................................................................... 5
2 Safety Instructions........................................................................................................................6
3 Introduction to Mobile Satellite TV.............................................................................................8
3.1 Signal Reception........................................................................................................................ 8
3.2 Azimuth and Elevation.............................................................................................................. 8
3.3 Satellite Coverage..................................................................................................................... 8
3.4 Line of Sight (LOS) Interruption ............................................................................................... 9
4 Satellite TV System Overview................................................................................................... 10
Packing Kit Contents - Bill of Materials............................................................................................. 10
4.1 System Components...............................................................................................................12
4.1.1 Antenna.................................................................................................................................12
4.1.2 Indoor Unit (IDU)...................................................................................................................12
4.1.3 Receiver................................................................................................................................12
4.1.4 Remote Control.....................................................................................................................12
5 Installing the Antenna.............................................................................................................. 13
5.1 Shipping Restraint..................................................................................................................13
5.2 Clamp Design........................................................................................................................... 14
5.3 Mounting Procedure................................................................................................................ 14
6 Installing the Antenna Cable.................................................................................................... 18
6.1 Routing the Cable....................................................................................................................18
6.2 Technique 1.............................................................................................................................18
6.2.1 General Procedures for Routing Cables Through the Hatch.............................................18
6.2.2 Routing the Cables through Two Panels.............................................................................19
6.3 Technique 2.............................................................................................................................20
7 Receiver Setup . ....................................................................................................................... 21
7.1 Wiring Configurations............................................................................................................... 21
7.1.1 DISH Network® Wiring Configuration.................................................................................. 21
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7.2 Setting Up the Remote Control...............................................................................................23
7.3 Audio/Video Cable Connections.............................................................................................23
7.3.1 RCA A/V Connection.............................................................................................................23
7.3.2 S-Video Connection..............................................................................................................23
7.3.3 RF Coaxial Connection......................................................................................................... 24
7.4 Power Cable Connection........................................................................................................ 24
7.4.1 Procedure for Connecting Skybox to Switched/Accessory Power..................................... 24
8 Functions of the Skybox............................................................................................................ 26
8.1 Global Positioning System.....................................................................................................26
8.2 Indoor Unit Select and Standby Buttons...............................................................................26
8.3 IDU Light Indicators................................................................................................................26
8.4 IDU Dip Switches....................................................................................................................26
9 DISH Network® Receiver Setup and Activation....................................................................... 27
9.1 Powering Up............................................................................................................................. 27
Appendix A Installing TNC Connector to RG58 Cable............................................................31
Appendix B Troubleshooting.....................................................................................................32
Limited Consumer Warranty.........................................................................................................35
Most television, audio and video programming is protected by U.S. and
foreign copyright and other laws. Recording, rebroadcasting and paid or
other public display may violate such laws and result in criminal and/or
civil penalty.
Consumer is responsible for subscribing to a satellite broadcast service and
for all subscription costs. Unauthorized decoding of broadcast signals may
violate state and federal law and result in both civil and/or criminal penalties.
Audiovox® has tried to make this manual user friendly and helpful. It is
important that only qualified technicians install and/or service the product.
This manual is subject to change without notice.
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Welcome
Skybox
1.1 Installation & User Guide
Skybox is the innovative antenna system that
provides live satellite TV to a vehicle, while
in motion. This manual will provide basic
instructions on how to install the Skybox
antenna and components in most vehicles and
operate it safely.
DO NOT VIEW�
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NOTE
Be sure to record serial and part
numbers of the receiver, antenna
and indoor unit, in the boxes provided on this
page before installation. These serial numbers
will be needed to activate the receiver after
installation.
Record your Serial & Part Numbers here:
Antenna
Serial #
Part #
WARNING:
DO NOT INSTALL AN
ACTIVE MONITOR IN
RANGE OF THE VEHICLE’S DRIVER
TO AVOID DISTRACTION WHILE IN
MOTION. This product is intended for
entertainment, program selection, and viewing
for rear seat passengers in vehicles operated in
the United States.
Consult local law concerning installation of
televisions in motor vehicles. Some states
may prohibit TVs in motor vehicles, others
restrict placement of monitors.
Indoor Unit
Serial #
Part #
Receiver
Receiver #
Model #
Smart Card
Smart Card#
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Welcome
1.2 Icons
User-friendly icons provide a visual reminder
to mark the important information necessary
to successfully operate and install the Skybox antenna system.
They include:
WARNING
Alerts installers and customers of
important information regarding
personal safety to avoid bodily
injury.
CAUTION
Alerts installers and customers to
possible electrocution hazards.
TOOLS & REPAIR
Marks the areas requiring special
tools and installation procedures.
KEY HINTS
Helpful tips are indicated with a
key. They offer key suggestions
on efficient installation procedures
to get the maximum performance
from your system.
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Safety Instructions
Installation and
User Safety
Instructions
Read this manual thoroughly and carefully
before attempting to install or operate any
Skybox antenna system.
Observe Warnings - Be
sure to follow all warnings
and cautionary instructions
in this manual.
Follow Instructions
Observing these instructions is
critical to ensure proper installation.
Follow each detail to ensure accurate and
safe installation. NOTES, indicated by the
box above, will be provided throughout
the document to assist in user-friendly
installation and operation of Skybox
antenna systems.
WARNING
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT
YOU REMOVE THE SHIPPING RESTRAINT BOLT
LOCATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE
ANTENNA BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION.
NOTE
Be sure to save the container
and packing materials for the
antenna. If the system needs to be returned
for maintenance, under warranty, you will be
responsible for proper packaging.
VERY IMPORTANT!
Before operating the Skybox
system, the end consumer shouldfill out the Audiovox® Customer
Setup Form attached to this manual and fax
to (703) 991-4556. This will save time when
you go to activate the system.
WARNING
No user accessible parts. Repairs
to the antenna should be performed only by Audiovox® authorized technicians.
CAUTION
Verify that the roof rack is in
good condition and can support
the 55 pound antenna prior to
installation. Seek professional assistance to
tighten or adjust the mounting brackets,
as required for safety and safe operation of
vehicle.
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WARNING
Do not open or remove the
cover of the receiver, antenna or indoor unit
(IDU) to avoid exposure to dangerous voltage.
CAUTION
The Skybox antenna system
is specifically designed for use
as it comes shipped – with the housings and
unit covers intact. Any attempt to modify or
to retrofit this product or its components will
void the warranty and may be hazardous.
WARNING
To avoid fire or electrical shock by
the receiver or other components,
do not expose them to rain or
moisture. The IDU and receiver’s ventilation
openings must not be tampered with, covered
or obstructed.
CAUTION
Consumers should not attempt
repairs to any components in
the system! Only qualified and authorized
service personnel should repair damaged
or non-operational equipment. Evidence of
unauthorized repairs or tampering will void
the warranty.
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Receiving Mobile
Satellite TV
3.1 Signal Reception
The Skybox antenna can be used to receive
satellite television via the direct broadcast
service (DBS) satellites, located 22,000 miles
in space. This system requires a clear view
of these satellites to maximize the signal
reception. Other factors, such as satellite
coverage area, elevation angle, and weather
also contribute to the signal quality (Figure
3-1).
Introduction to Mobile Satellite TV
3.2 Azimuth and Elevation
The DBS satellites are located in the southern
sky. The Skybox is a sophisticated mobile
antenna with a satellite recognition and
tracking system. The antenna automatically
determines and maintains the proper azimuth
and elevation angle without user intervention. This enables the system to receive
satellite TV while stationary or in motion.
3.3 Satellite Coverage
You must be located within the satellite’s
coverage area for proper reception. As you
begin to travel outside of this coverage area,
the signal becomes weaker. In general, signals are received in the lower 48 contiguous
states.
3-1 Satellite Elevation Look Angle
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3.4 Line of Sight (LOS) Interruption
The Skybox needs a clear line of sight
(LOS), or view to the satellite for uninterrupted reception. Objects such as buildings,
mountains, bridges, tunnels, overhead road
signs and trees that block this view will
cause a loss of signal (Figure 3-2). The signal will, however, be quickly restored once
the antenna has a clear LOS again.
Introduction to Mobile Satellite TV
Heavy rain, snow or ice may also interfere
with the signal reception. Stray signals from
radio or television broadcast towers may also
affect the satellite signal.
3-2 Obstacles Blocking Signal
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Satellite TV System Overview
Packing Kit Contents - Bill of Materials
Box No. 1
Description
Quantity Skybox
1ox11
Allen Wrench
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No. 2
Bracket Link - 18mm
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Bracket Spacer - 18mm
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Hexagon socket
countersink head screw
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Hexagon socket
countersink head screw
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Hexagon socket
countersink head screw
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4.1 System Components
The Skybox satellite TV delivery system
requires the following components:
4.1.1 Antenna
The Skybox antenna houses the antenna
panels and electronics within a weathertight radome (plastic housing). It is mounted
to the vehicle’s roof rack and connected with
a single coaxial cable to the IDU inside the
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The IDU supplies power and commands to
the Skybox antenna. This device allows you
to manually select the satellite from which
you wish to receive a signal. It is co-located
with the satellite receiver inside the vehicle.
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4.1.3 Receiver
The receiver is mounted inside the vehicle
near the IDU and decodes satellite signals
from the antenna, then sends them to the
vehicle’s video system.
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transmitter to control the receiver from
within the vehicle, without pointing directly
at the receiver.
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Mounting the
Antenna to the
Vehicle’s Roof
Rack
This section offers a general explanation of
how to properly install the Skybox antenna to
the vehicle’s roof rack.
VERY IMPORTANT!
Before operating the Skybox
system, the end consumer shouldfill out the Audiovox® Customer
Setup Form attached to this manual and fax
to (703) 991-4556. This will save time when
you go to activate the system.
NOTE
The Skybox antenna mounting hardware provided in your
hardware kit will fit almost any design of roof
rack. There are however, some vehicles with
larger crossbars that may not be compatible with
the provided mount. If this is the case, please
call (800) 561-9280 to order an upgrade kit.
CAUTION
The Skybox, when properly
installed, increases the vehicle
height by 4-9 inches over the existing roof
rack or cab. Make sure you are aware of the
new height of the vehicle with the antenna
and mount above the roof rack. Use caution
when driving under overpasses, parking garages
and other low clearance areas.
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WARNING
Always use two people to move
or lift the 55 lb. antenna to avoid
strain or injury.
CAUTION
Do not flip the antenna upside
down while removing the shipping
restraint bolt. Doing so may result in serious
damage to the antenna.
WARNING
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT
YOU REMOVE THE SHIPPING RESTRAINT BOLT
LOCATED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE
ANTENNA BEFORE BEGINNING
INSTALLATION.
5.1 Shipping Restraint Bolt
1. Place the antenna on a flat surface, such
as a table top and remove the shipping
restraint bolt located under the antenna
(Figure 5-1).
Bottom of antenna
Figure 5-1 Remove shipping restraint bolt with the
provided Allen wrench.
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5.2 Clamp Design
The Skybox antenna is designed to clamp
onto a vehicle’s permanent roof rack with
an adjustable, padded clamping system
designed to secure the unit onto the fixed
crossbars (Figure 5-2). Installers should
confirm good condition of the roof rack
and cross bars before installing the antenna.
There are two different size bracket spacers
provided in the kit: the 1 inch spacer comes
installed between the bracket and antenna
for ready-to-mount capability. An alternate
1/2 inch spacer is also provided in the kit
for lower placement of the antenna onto the
crossbars in appropriate conditions (Figure
5-3).
Figure 5-3 Bracket spacer between bracket and antenna.
1"
1/2"
head screw
Figure 5-2 Brackets can accommodate uneven crossbar girth.
Make sure you tighten the head screw to secure bracket to
the crossbar to compensate for asymmetry.
5.3 Mounting Procedure
To mount the antenna:
1. Position the roof rack crossbars 37-1/2
inches apart, measured center-to-center
(Figure 5-4). The distance between the
antenna and the vehicle’s roof will determine
which size bracket spacer to use . Using
two people, place the antenna onto the roof
rack to measure the distance between the
antenna and the roof.
2. Make sure that there is at least 1 inch
space between the base of the antenna and
the vehicle roof (Figure 5-5).
CAUTION
Be sure to use only the hardware
provided in the hardware kit. Substituting any hardware or juryrigging may
result in an improper and unsafe installation.
Install all hardware according to this manual.
Figure 5-4 Crossbar positioning on roof rack.
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Figure 5-5 A 1-inch gap allows mounting space for antenna between the
crossbars and roof rack.
NOTE
Use a towel or moving cloth to
protect the roof of the vehicle
while installing the antenna.
CAUTION
Failing to leave at least a 1 inch
space between the Skybox antenna and the vehicle’s roof may result in damage to the roof and to the antenna due to the
bouncing or movement of the antenna while
the vehicle is in motion.
3. Perform a thorough inspection to make sure
the roof rack is not damaged and can support
the 55 lb. weight of the antenna.
4. Check to see if sun/moon roof or other
vent system will work properly without
interfering with the antenna or mounting
brackets.
5. If the distance between the base of the antenna and the vehicle’s roof is greater than
1 inch (Figure 5-5), use the supplied Allen
wrench to remove the 2 head screws that
secure each mounting bracket. Replace the
1 inch spacer with a 1/2 inch spacer. If the
antenna-to-roof distance is already 1 inch,
continue to the next step.
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Figure 5-6 Position TNC connector toward rear of vehicle.
6. Orient the antenna so that the antenna’s
cable connection is located toward the rear
of the vehicle (Figure 5-6). If the distance
between the antenna’s base and the vehicle’s
roof is less than 1 inch, even with the largest
spacer used, attach a large section of rubber
or foam to the bottom of the antenna to
protect the vehicle’s roof.
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8. Select the proper bracket link size (approximately 1/2 inch, or 1-inch). Determine the
link size based on the width of the crossbar (Figure 5-9). There are four combinations
of bracket links and head screws that can
be used. Choose the combination that will
provided the best and most stable fit for
your vehicle’s crossbar style.
Figure 5-7 Centering the antenna on roof.
7. Measure the distance between the antenna’s
mounting bracket to the roof’s edge to
make sure the antenna is centered on the
roof. Complete this for the front and rear
crossbars (Figure 5-7).
NOTE
Ensure that the mounting brackets are secured to adequate fixed
cross bars so that as much of the crossbar’s
surface is covered by the top and bottom
clamps as possible. Failure to do so may
cause antenna to become unstable.
Figure 5-9 Top bracket mount with link.
9. Choose proper head screw size, depending
on the distance between the top and bottom
bracket at the head screw end (Figure 5-8).
Figure 5-8 Shipped with 3 different screw sizes.
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CAUTION
Make sure you are aware of the
new maximum height of the
vehicle (unloaded) with the antenna mounted
onto the roof rack. Use caution when driving
under overpasses, tree limbs, into garages
and into low clearance areas.
10. Insert the bottom bracket into the bracket
link (Figure 5-10).
11. Secure the bottom bracket with the appropriate head screw. Make sure that the correct head screw-bracket link combination
has been applied and as much of the rubber
on the mounting clamps are covering the
crossbars as possible.
Figure 5-10 Inserting bottom bracket.
12. Fully tighten the end head screw with the
supplied Allen wrench (Figure 5-11). Do
not overtighten.
NOTE
Once all four mounting brackets
are tightened and the antenna has
been mounted to the roof rack, complete a
thorough inspection of all four brackets to
ensure antenna is secure and stable.
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Figure 5-11 Secure clamp with headscrew.
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Installing the Antenna Cable
Installing the
Antenna Cable
This section will explain the proper method
for connecting the cable to the antenna, as
well as routing the coaxial cable from the
antenna to the Audiovox® indoor unit (IDU)
location.
NOTE
Due to the extensive variety
of vehicles on the market, it is
impossible to cover all of the possible and
appropriate wiring specifications for every
vehicle. Should you decide to run the cable
between body panels, take every precaution
to avoid areas prone to water infiltration, and
to prevent damage to the vehicle’s body. If
the space between the vehicle’s panels is too
small, look for an alternate routing option.
6.1 Routing the Cable
The RF cable is routed from the antenna to
the IDU inside the vehicle. Decide where
to locate the IDU and satellite receiver, and
make sure that both units are placed in a dry
and protected area. Typically, they are placed
under a seat for protection. The IDU and
satellite receiver should be placed away from
any heat source and in an area with proper
ventilation. Ensure that there is at least 2” of
space around both units for ventilation and
connection of cables.
Two basic techniques for bringing the
antenna cable into the vehicle are through an
existing point of entry (POE) or by drilling
the POE.
NOTE
Only a trained automotive
technician should perform
this installation. Audiovox® is not responsible for damage caused to vehicles by the
improper drilling or installation of antenna
cable through the roof or body of the vehicle.
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6.2 Technique 1
The first option is to route the cable into the
vehicle through an existing POE, such as
behind the rear hatch, between two body
panels or through a grommet.
6.2.1 Routing Cables Through the
Rear Hatch
1. Connect one end of the TNC connector to
the back of the antenna at the rear of the
vehicle (Figure 6-1). Do not overtighten
this connection. The connection at the
antenna should be weatherized or protected
from outside elements through the use of
weather tape or other appropriate means.
Figure 6-1 Connector input from IDU.
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2. Run the cable along the roof rack of the
vehicle, back to the hatch. With the hatch
open, route the cable behind the hatch to
inside the vehicle (Figure 6-2 ).
NOTE:
Prior to the cable entering the
vehicle, create a drip loop to prevent water entering the vehicle and causing
damage.
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4. Once the cable has been routed from the
antenna to the IDU, the cable must be
properly secured to the roof rack crossbars
with the supplied tie-wraps. In appropriate
situations, you may use self-adhesive cable
straps to secure the cable to the vehicle
(Figure 6-3).
Figure 6-3 Tie wrap cable to roof rack.
6.2.2 Routing Cables Through Two
Panels
Figure 6-2 Open hatch routing method.
3. Close the hatch gently and carefully
inspect the cable to make certain that it is
not bent, pinched or damaged. There may
be extra coaxial cable left once it has been
routed inside of the vehicle to the desired
location. You may coil and tie the excess
cable and place it near the IDU and receiver.
You may also cut the cable to the length
needed and install a new TNC connector.
Refer to Appendix A for proper installation
of TNC connectors.
NOTE:
Only a trained automotive installer
should run cable or remove the
vehicle’s headliner. Improperly removing this
material may result in tearing, water infiltration and other damage to your vehicle and
its contents. Audiovox® is not responsible
for damage caused to vehicles due to improper drilling or removal of interior headliners.
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Another technique for bringing the antenna
cable into an existing POE is to route the
cable between two body panels of the vehicle
(Figure 6-4). The RG58 antenna cable may
be small enough for certain vehicles. Take
every precaution to protect the vehicle from
body damage and water infiltration. If the
space between two body panels is too small,
look for an alternate routing option.
Figure 6-4 Routing cable between two panels.
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NOTE
Do not fold or kink the cable.
Any bends should be gradual and
kept to a 4-1/2 inch bend radius to avoid
damaging the cable and degrading received
satellite signals.
6.3 Technique 2
The second option for routing the cable
from the antenna to the IDU, which may be
used by trained installers, is to drill a small
point of entry (POE) into the vehicle’s roof
or body. Only a highly trained and qualified
technician should perform this task. Take
special care when drilling holes into the
vehicle. Appropriate watertight seals should
be used.
NOTE
Audiovox® is not responsible
for damage caused to vehicles
the improper drilling or installation of the
antenna cable through the roof or body of the
vehicle or for water damage or other damage
resulting from the drilling of a POE. Only a
trained automotive technician should perform this installation.
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Connecting the
Skybox IDU and
Receiver
This section will explain the proper installation and connection of the Skybox indoor unit
(IDU) and satellite receiver.
NOTE
Be sure to record serial numbers
of the receiver, antenna and IDU,
in the boxes provided on the front page of
this manual before installation. These serial numbers will be needed to activate the
receiver after installation.
NOTE
Do NOT remove the cover,
obstruct or place anything into
the ventilation slots of the IDU or satellite receiver. Damage to the units or injury
may occur due to exposed voltage. Do NOT
place the IDU or satellite receiver in a location where it may be exposed to any type of
moisture. This may result in electrical shock
or fire.
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Receiver Setup
7.1 Wiring Configurations
The following describes the basic wiring
configurations for DISH Network® equipment. Follow the appropriate diagram for
your satellite provider.
7.1.1 Basic DISH Network® Wiring
Configuration (Figure 7-2)
1. Connect the RG58 RF cable (coming from
the antenna) to the AUDIOVOX ANTENNA IN port on the back of the IDU.
2. Connect one end of the supplied RG6
cable to the SATELLITE RECEIVER port
on the back of the IDU.
3. Connect the other end of the RG6 cable to
the SATELLITE IN port on the back of the
DISH Network receiver.
4. There is an AC receptacle labeled FOR
SATELLITE RECEIVER on the back of
the IDU. ONLY the satellite receiver should
be plugged into this port (Figure 7-1)
Figure 7-1 Receptacle for satellite receiver.
WARNING
Only the satellite receiver may be
plugged into this outlet. Plugging
other devices into this outlet will damage the
unit, may damage the other equipment, may
damage the vehicle’s electrical system, and
may result in injury or property damage.
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Receiver Setup Figure 7-2 DISH Network Configuration.
(Layout May Differ for Some Equipment)
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7.2 Setting Up the Remote Control
The remote control uses an IR signal to command the receiver. The IR signal must be
converted to RF by attaching the remote control extender to the front of the remote. The
IDU then receives the RF signal, converts it
back to IR, and sends it to the receiver using
the IR sensor cable. The 7ft IR sensor cable
is attached to the IDU and has a small IR eye
at the end. The IR eye must be adhered to the
top of the satellite receiver (Figure 7-3). This
setup will allow the user to change channels
with the remote pointed anywhere within the
vehicle.
POWER
Figure 7-3 IR sensor placement.
CAUTION
The remote control of the satellite
receiver should never be used by
the driver when the vehicle is in gear or in
motion.
Receiver Setup NOTE
Although wiring configurations differ according to vehicle model, this
section describes basic wiring found in
many vehicles. If the entertainment system
in the vehicle is wired differently, connect
the cables as needed to accommodate the
vehicle’s configuration.
7.3 Audio/Video Cable Connections
There are three ways that the satellite receiver can be connected to the vehicle’s entertainment system: RCA-type, S-Video, and
RF coaxial cable. Choose the option that best
suits your vehicle’s system.
7.3.1 RCA A/V Connection
1. Connect one end of the RCA connectors to
the corresponding Audio Output (left
and right) and Video Output jacks of
the satellite receiver.
2. Connect the other ends of the RCA
cable to the Audio/Video Input jacks
of the entertainment system.
7.3.2 S-Video Connection
1. Connect one end of the S-Video cable to
the “S-Video” jack on the back of the satellite receiver.
2. Connect the other end of the S-Video cable
to the “S-Video” input jack of the vehicle’s
entertainment system.
NOTE
This S-Video connection provides
the highest picture quality for
your system.
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7.3.3 RF Coaxial Connection
1. Connect one end of an RG6 RF cable to the RF Output of the
satellite receiver.
2. Connect the other end of the
RF cable to the RF or VHF/UHF
Input of the vehicle’s entertainment
system.
NOTE
RG-6 provides good picture
quality, but is the least desirable
for connection. For DVD or VCR connection, please refer to your satellite provider’s
User Guide.
WARNING
Only a trained and experienced
technician in automotive electrical
systems familiar with the type of vehicle
should attempt power cable connection.
7.4 Power Cable Connection
Once all of the system cables have been
connected, the following steps will inform
you of power connectivity.
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7.4.1 Procedure for Connecting
Skybox to Switched/Accessory
Power
WARNING:
The following procedure MUST
be completed ONLY
with a Digital Multi-Meter (DMM). Failure
to do so could result in serious injury, damage or death due to airbag deployment.
1. Make sure that the vehicle is turned off.
2. Remove power plug from the receiver.
3. Carefully remove the lower covering of
the steering column. Be careful, removal
may involve a metal protection plate that
may be sharp.
4. Locate the main wiring harness. In most
cases it will contain 16g to 14g wires; this
will be the ‘main harness.’ Note! Some
vehicles (like the Ford Escape) may have
a thinner gauged main harness. The majority of vehicles will have the heavier gauge
setup.
5. Turn the meter on. Find a suitable ground
(Recommend in the kick panel - usually
indicated by a bolt going through the metal
with wires secured by it, behind the kick
panel covering.) and insert the black probe
there. Set the dial on the DMM to ‘20v’ on
the DC side. Applying the red probe to this
point should result in a reading of ’0.00’.
This is your ground; connect the black
wire from the power plug to this point.
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WARNING:
DO NOT DISTURB ANY
WIRES SHEATHED IN COLORED PLASTIC/PVC. THESE COULD
BE AIRBAG CIRCUITS AND SHOULD
NEVER BE DISTURBED! IF UNSURE,
CALL TECH SUPPORT BEFORE CONTINUING.
WARNING:
Fuse the positive lead to protect
the wiring and the vehicle at the
source (12V Accessory)
6. With the key in the ‘start’ (do not turn
engine over) carefully pierce the thickest
wire with the red probe, making sure that
you do not go through the wire into the next.
Observe the DMM screen. If it reads ’12.00’
turn the key to the ‘run’ position. If it continues to read 12 volts while cranking, turn
the key to ‘off’and remove the key. If at this
time the screen reads ‘0.00’, then you have
located ‘true ignition.’
7. Remove the fuse from the red wire on the
power cord. Connect the red fused wire from
the power cord to the wire that you found in
the previous step. Making sure that the power
switch on the receiver is in the ‘off ’position,
re-insert the fuse.
8. You may now re-install the plug into the
back of the receiver.
WARNING:
Do NOT connect the system directly to the vehicle’s battery.
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Functions of the
Skybox
Before powering on your Skybox, you should
first understand some basic functionalities of
this system.
8.1 Global Positioning System
(GPS)
When the Skybox is powered on, GPS is
used to determine your physical location.
This information is processed within the
antenna and enables the system to acquire
the satellite signal faster, usually within one
minute.
8.2 Indoor Unit Select and Standby
Buttons
8.3 IDU SELECT Light Indicators
The SELECT light indicators on the IDU
have three different modes of operation.
• Flashing orange indicates that the
antenna is in process of acquiring the
satellite signal.
• Steady orange indicates that the satellite was found, but the signal
was lost. You will also get this indication
while the system initializes during power
up.
• Green indicates that the antenna is
locked onto the satellite and ready for
operation.
8.4 IDU Dip Switches
There are eight dip-switches on the back of
the IDU. These switches should always be
in the up position for efficient operation of
the antenna system. The switches will be
used for future enhanced features of the IDU.
The indoor unit (IDU) is equipped with two
buttons on the front. The red STANDBY
button allows you to shut off the power to
the antenna, and places the IDU into standby
mode. The yellow SELECT button allows
you to manually choose the satellite. For
DISH Network, the satellite that the system
should lock onto is either 110° or 119°. If
the IDU is trying to lock onto a different satellite, simply push the SELECT button until
the correct satellite is chosen.
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Operating the System DISH Network®
Receiver Setup
and Activation
This section will explain the proper method
for powering up the Skybox, as well as activation procedures for DISH Network®.
NOTE:
Before operating the Skybox,
you must ensure that the vehicle
is parked outside with a clear line of sight to
the southern sky.
VERY IMPORTANT!
Before operating the Skybox
system, the end consumer should
fill out the Audiovox® Customer
Setup Form attached to this manual and fax
to (703) 991-4556. This will save time when
you go to activate the system.
9.1 Powering Up
1. Turn on the power to the vehicle and
verify that the indoor unit and receiver also
power on. You may need to physically turn
on the IDU from the power switch on the
back of the unit.
2. Verify that the On/Off indicator on the
IDU is green.
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3. If you need to manually turn on the receiver, do so by pressing the power button on
the front.
4. Ensure that the green power indicator on
the front of the receiver is illuminated
5. Verify that the antenna has power by
listening for movement within the radome.
This should be a low mechanical hum.
WARNING
If you hear any grinding or loud
noises coming from the antenna,
power the antenna off and ensure
that you have removed the shipping
restraint bolt (Section 5.1). If this does not
resolve the problem, please call the Audiovox® tech support number at (800) 225-6074.
6. When you first power the system on, the
indoor unit will have a steady orange light
adjacent to one of the satellites listed on the
front. This light will remain steady while
the antenna initializes and begins a self test.
The orange light will begin flashing once the
antenna begins it’s acquisition of a satellite signal. Verify that 119° is selected for
DISH Network. You may need to push the
SELECT button on the front of the IDU to
manually choose this satellite.
7. While the antenna is searching for the
satellite, you will see the Point Dish screen
will automatically appear on your TV monitor (Figure 9-1):
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Operating the System thus the vehicle ON.
11. About a minute later you should receive
Message 061. (Figure 9-2)
Figure 9-1 Point Dish Screen.
8. From the Point Dish menu, use the remote control to select satellite 119°. (Leave
the transponder number that appears in the
screen as is.) Once the antenna locks onto
the satellite, the light indicator on the IDU
will change to steady green. This means that
your IDU has acquired the satellite signal.
Verify that the signal strength is above 60.
Please note that the signal strength of a mobile antenna will not be as high as the fixed
dish, home installation. Signal strength will
be determined by where you are in North
America, and the look angle. If the software
does not start to download automatically,
press “cancel” and then press “yes” in the
new window.
9. Push the “Sys Info” button on the remote.
You should see on page one, “Section d,”
DP311 and Software P310.
10. Put receiver in “Standby” by pressing
and holding the power button on the receiver
for 3-5 seconds. (This will not work from
the remote control, only the receiver power
button.). It will look like the receiver is off,
but leave the power to the IDU and ODU,
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Figure 9-2 Vital Information Download Screen
12. Approximately 5-10 minutes later you
should receive Message 303. (Figure 9-3)
Figure 9-3 Receiver Memory Screen.
13. Approximately 1-2 minutes later the
receiver will go back into “Standby.”
14. Press the ‘Sys Info’ button.
Check Sys Info: You should see something
similar in “Section d” to DP311 and Software
ASD1. ASD1 is the mobile software. YOU
ARE NOT DONE YET!
15. Cancel out of Sys Info
16. Power the receiver on
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Operating the System 17. You should receive Message 015. (Figure 9-4).
20. You will receive Message 058. (Figure
9-6)
Please note and record these numbers.
1
4
Figure 9-6 Acquiring Satellite Screen.
Figure 9-4 DISH Network activation screen.
21. After the Check Switch test has been completed, press the ‘Sys Info’ button again and
look for “Section d.” You should see DP311M
and Software ASD1. “Section h” should read
MPD4X.
18. Within 1-2 minutes, the receiver will
show Message 129. (Figure 9-5) Please go to
step 19; DO NOT CALL THE TELEPHONE
NUMBER ON THE SCREEN.
22. Approximately 1-2 minutes later the
receiver will show Message 129. (Figure 9-7)
Please go to step 23; DO NOT CALL THE
TELEPHONE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN.
Figure 9-5 DISH Network activation screen.
19. Run Check Switch from “Installation/
Setup” screen in “Menu” as described above.
Choose “Alternate”
Figure 9-7 DISH Network activation screen.
23. The installer must call (800) 561-9280
and have the previously filled out Customer
Setup sheet available.
24. A Customer Service Representative will
confirm the customer’s information and then
finalize the activation.
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25. You will see the following message on
your monitor (Figure 9-8)
Figure 9-8 Receiver Memory Screen.
26. Once activated, the Program Guide
will be downloaded to your receiver. Upon
completion, please confirm correct program
selection for customer.
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Appendix A Installing TNC Connector to RG58 Cable
Procedures for
Installing TNC
Connector to
RG58 Cable
These procedures were written using
Jye Bao Co. 8.7” Hex series crimp
tool (CT-001) and TNC connectors
(TNC3100-0058).
1. Strip the RG58 cable back 16.4mm
from the end of the cable. Trim the
braid back 8.2mm from the end. Strip
the foam insulator back 4.7mm from the
end of the cable.
4. Solder the center pin to the cable’s center
conductor at the hole on the pin.
5. Fold the braid back from the cable.
6. Slide the Connector onto the cable.
2. Slide the ferrule over the RG58 cable.
Connector
Ferrule
3. Place the center pin onto the center conductor of the cable.
7. Slide the ferrule up to the connector and
crimp.
Center Pin
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Appendix B Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
SKYBOX SYSTEM DOES NOT
POWER ON:
• Verify that the Indoor Unit (IDU) and
receiver are powered on.
• Check for blown fuses.
• Remove and replace the power cord.
• Verify vehicle battery has been reconnected
properly.
SKYBOX IDU DOES NOT LOCK
ON SATELLITE:
• Ensure that coaxial cable connections are
installed properly.
• Confirm clear line of sight to the satellite.
• Check for green indicator above
appropriate satellite on the IDU.
• Verify that the appropriate satellite has been
selected for your satellite provider.
• Verify that the receiver is locked on the satellite from the Setup Menu of the receiver.
• Check that the radome of the antenna is free
of any obstructions (water, snow, ice, or
debris).
• Clean radome with soft cloth and water.
SKYBOX SYSTEM
CONTINUALLY RESETS:
• Verify that all connections are installed
properly.
• Check for proper wiring to the vehicle’s
power source.
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BLACK OR BLUE SCREEN ON
TELEVISION :
• Verify that the IDU and receiver are powered on.
• Ensure that all video connections are installed.
• Check for proper television settings.
SNOWY TELEVISION PICTURE:
• Verify that television settings are correct.
• Correct channel configuration (channel
3 / 4, or A/V input).
• Make sure video cables are installed properly.
INTERMITTENT PICTURE FOR
SHORT INTERVALS:
• Ensure that all video connections are installed properly.
• Confirm clear line of sight to the satellite.
• Check for green indicator above
appropriate satellite on the IDU.
• Verify that the receiver is locked on the satellite from the Setup Menu of the receiver.
PICTURE SCRAMBLED,
PARTIAL OR FREEZING:
• Ensure that coaxial cable connections are
installed properly.
• Confirm clear line of sight to the satellite.
• Check for green indicator above
appropriate satellite on the IDU.
• Verify that the receiver is locked on the satellite from the Setup Menu of the receiver.
• Check that the radome of the antenna is
free of any obstructions (water, snow, ice,
or debris).
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Appendix B Troubleshooting
SKYBOX SYSTEM DOES NOT
WORK IN MOTION:
• Ensure that all cable connections are
installed properly.
• Confirm clear line of sight to the satellite.
• Check for green indicator above
appropriate satellite on the IDU.
• Verify that the receiver is locked on the
satellite from the Setup Menu of the receiver.
CERTAIN CHANNELS DO NOT
WORK OR ONLY PREVIEW
CHANNELS ARE VISIBLE:
• Verify channel package with satellite TV
provider.
• Check the availability of local channels in
the subscriber’s area.
• Ensure proper activation of satellite receiver.
REMOTE CONTROL DOES NOT
WORK:
• Ensure proper placement of IR transmitter.
• Install new batteries.
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Apendix
B Troubleshooting
Indoor Unit
does not
lock on
satellite
X
X
X
System
continually
resets
X
X
X
X
X
X
Black
or blue
screen on
TV
X
X
X
X
Snowy
television
picture
X
X
X
X
Intermittent picture
for short
intervals
X
X
X
X
Picture
jumbled,
partial, or
freezing
X
X
X
X
System
does not
work in
motion
X
X
X
X
Certain
channels
do not
work
Place the IR transmiter
according to the manual
X
Local channels are
available in limited area
check availability
X
Correct activation of
Receiver
X
Verify signal strength
Check for proper voltage
X
Ensure clear line of sight
to satellite
Verify correct cable
configuration
X
Verify TV setup
Check for loose cable
connections
X
Clean the radome
Check for blown fuse
System
does not
power on
Make sure that the
receiver is on
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control
does not
work
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12 MONTH LIMITED WARRANTY
Applies to Audiovox Mobile Video Products
AUDIOVOX ELECTRONICS CORP. (the Company) warrants to the original retail purchaser of this product that should this product or any part
thereof, under normal use and conditions, be proven defective in material or workmanship within 12 months from the date of original purchase,
such defect(s) will be repaired or replaced with reconditioned product (at the Company's option) without charge for parts and repair labor.
To obtain repair or replacement within the terms of this Warranty, the product is to be delivered with proof of warranty coverage (e.g. dated
bill of sale), specification of defect(s), transportation prepaid, to the Company at the address shown below.
This Warranty does not extend to the elimination of externally generated static or noise, to correction of antenna problems, to costs incurred
for installation, removal or reinstallation of the product, or to damage to tapes, discs, speakers, accessories, or vehicle electrical systems.
This Warranty does not apply to any product or part thereof which, in the opinion of the Company, has suffered or been damaged through
alteration, improper installation, mishandling, misuse, neglect, accident, or by removal or defacement of the factory serial number/bar code
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