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103(b) strengths in the 60's to 70's....

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Slyster, Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. Slyster

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    Should 103b be in the upper 90's like the rest of the sats on my HR20?

    Or are these weaker for everyone? :(

    I am thinking this could be causing my black recordings?
     
  2. Paul A

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    I think you could use a tweak.
    On 101 most are in the mid 90s
    On 103 I have mid 80s to low 90s. I did have to tweak this dish slightly from the installers original settings (mid 60s to low 70s)

    Paul
     
  3. randyk47

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    Does sound like a tweak is in order. Just now checked my signal strength and I average mid to high 90's across the board every sat. 103b is slightly lower on the average but still in the low to mid 90's.
     
  4. Slyster

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    I can't "tweak"... the dish is WAY up high and I have not clue how to do anything...

    Could this be the reason I'm getting black recordings???? I never get the 'searching for satellite signal' errors.. just bad recordings.. and I can always tune in live to the new HD channels?

    Or is 70-85 acceptable?
     
  5. gcisko

    gcisko I am Iron Man!

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    Mine works and records with my numbers from 30-50.
     
  6. Slyster

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    hmmmmm...

    Anyone else getting blank recordings from the new HD channels?
     
  7. K4SMX

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    Sounds like you have more than one problem. This requires a service call. BTW, those 70's. You would be wise to have "50's" when you call. They'll work, but they should be mid-80's to 90's on 103(b).
     
  8. R8ders2K

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    FWIW, I have ODDs in the 50's and EVENs in the 70's. Called D* and was told that if I'm getting a signal, then there's no problem and there would be no need to send a service technician out for a service call.

    :confused:
     
  9. K4SMX

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    No, 70-85 is not acceptable, and no, that's not the reasons for your blank recordings. You s/b able to record whatever you're seeing. When was the last time you did a MENU > HELP & SETTINGS > SETUP > RESET > RESTART RECEIVER or a RBR (Red Button Reset) on that receiver? If it's been a while, do a Menu/Restart Receiver and see if that helps with the recording problem. If not, you've got a receiver problem in addition to a slightly out-of-alignment or weak LNB dish. If you call, the correct problems are that your picture occasionally drops out on the new HD channels, your 103(b) signals are < 60, and your receiver won't record anything ever.
     
  10. Slyster

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    I've reset perhaps 10 times in the last week. (Menu/restart only)

    I never get drop outs on the new HD channels. Just failed (blank recordings) a time or two per day.. most work.. just some fail and are just the black screen with the delete/keep option.
     
  11. cody21

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    On my 103b, My Signal Strength is 81% (Oh, and all my other Sat signals - e.g., 101, 110, etc.) are 90+)

    I get the following for the transponders for 103b: (can anyone explain what these Transponder numbers mean??? I mean, why are there 32 Transponders but only 15 appear "in use" ????

    1-8: 81 68 81 70 80 73 81 74
    9-16: 80 76 82 75 78 75 n/a n/a
    17-24: 82 n/a n/a n/a n/a76 n/a n/a
    25-32: n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
     
  12. kwalker962

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    I was having the same problem. Tech come out and went to inspect the dish and all the bolts and nuts were loose on the dish. The transpnders had water damage and the connectors were very bad. I had the side car dish so he just pulled the dish off and put the new slimline up and adjust my signals and now Im running 95-100 all across the board.
     
  13. Xing

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    I will say that is wrong. They should all be above 70. With the signal in the 50's or 60's it is more prone to rain fade or banner with no programming. Make sure you have at least a zwinwell wb68 wide band multiswitch if not then that could be the reason for low signal in the odds. Also the connections at the multiswitch or LNB.
     
  14. Xing

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    D* does not have all of the transponder up on the 103b sat. The 15 that get signal are the ones that are broadcasting anything.
     
  15. Xing

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    This is a known problem with the HR20. The problem should be resolved in the next software update(x1B4) for the HR20-700.
     
  16. rawilson

    rawilson AllStar

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    Welcome to the club of disgruntled D* customers. I was happy with D* for about 5 years...then I got an HR20. Now I have to wait 2 years to drop them and move to Dish.
     
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