I use a standard 18" dual lnb dish as the skyhook for my 2 Direct Tivos, a Samsung and an R-10, both just a couple of months old. I have been a Direct TV subscriber since September of 2003. I am also a radio amateur operator, and installed the system myself. It seems that the last couple of weeks the signal strengths from the "core" 101 satellite are a couple (3-5 points) stronger than ever. I check the strengths weekly since I first started out with 2 hbh-sa receivers, and upgraded to the current tivos. Nothing has been affected on my end equipment wise, ie. dish alignment, trees, wires, etc. Did they launch a new Satellite, or increase the downlink power? Is it something that happens this time of year (like radio propagation or sunspot blackouts in the summer? Any ideas out there. Just curious from a signal strength point of view.