Winegard TRAV'LER Upgrade Kit SK73UP for Shaw Direct (SK-73UP)


Winegard has developed upgrade kit SK-73UP that can be utilized to retrofit affected TRAV’LER SK-7002 and SK-7003 Shaw Direct systems.

Shaw Direct is in the process of transitioning their satellite configuration. Due to these changes the Winegard SK-7002/7003 systems built prior to August 23, 2017 will require a factory upgrade kit in order to lock on signal and stop searching. In addition to this, any customer with a dual LNB (sk-7002) will need to upgrade to an XKu LNB. You can however try trapping the signal. You can put the antenna in Manual Mode 107 once you get a picture press Power and Select at the same time on the IDU box. This will power the unit off leaving the dish up and the signal trapped. 

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Winegard TRAV'LER Upgrade Kit for Shaw Direct (SK-73UP)
Shaw Direct has recently implemented the third and final phase of its transition plan from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 satellite encoding. This change will bring many exciting new features to Shaw Direct customers, including expanded high definition (HD) programming options, enhanced programming guide functionality, and additional receiver features.

While Winegard strives to build products with longevity in mind, this change will cause any Shaw TRAV’LER (model SK-7002 or SK-7003) system built prior to November 1, 2017 to lose ability to properly identify and lock to Shaw Direct orbital satellites, rendering the antenna non-operable.

Winegard has developed upgrade kit SK-73UP that can be utilized to retrofit affected TRAV’LER systems.

The SK-73UP kit includes the following:
 a new IDU (interface control box)
 ODU (under turret electronics assembly)
 Specialized tool to remove and reinstall ODU
 ODU mounting screws

There are multiple ways to determine the manufacture date of a Shaw TRAV’LER system:

 Locate the IDU serial number on the bottom of the IDU control box and contact Winegard technical services at 800-788-4417.
Note: If either the TRAV’LER turret or IDU has been replaced at any point, this number may not be accurate

 Locate the turret serial number by on the existing TRAV’LERs electronics module. This is accessible by removing the existing turret from the transition plate and flipping the turret over. The serial number is located on a sticker on the electronics module with at black arrow pointing at it. See the second page of this document for an example photo.

 Locate the serial number on the front of the TRAV’LER informational packet, if available

Winegard uses a standard numbering format with an embedded date code for all product serialization. Each serial contains the product model number followed by a tilde (~) and 16-digit serial number.

The first six digits indicate the manufacture date in MMDDYY format (ie: 110117 would represent November 1, 2017).

Additionally, updated Shaw receivers may be required for post-transition functionality. These receivers include the following Shaw models:
 Essential HD Receiver (HDDSR 600, HDDSR 800)
 Advanced HD Receiver (HDDSR 605)
 Advanced HDPVR (HDPVR 630, HDPVR 830)

For technical support in with this item please call Winegard at 1 (800) 288-8094.

Customers with questions regarding their receivers should contact Shaw Direct by phone at 888-5547827 or by logging on to

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The SK-73UP kit includes the following: 
- a new IDU (interface control box) 
- ODU (under turret electronics assembly) 
- Specialized tool to remove and reinstall ODU 
- ODU mounting screws


Product Questions

This upgrade kit only works with Winegard Trav'ler antennas, not Explorer EC700.  The manufacturer of the Explorer antennas has gone out of business, and no fix or upgrade is available.  The only solution in a complete replacement to a Winegard system.  

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