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Advice Please for Local Channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Stanley Kritzik, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Stanley Kritzik

    Stanley Kritzik Legend

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    I get all the local channels from DirecTV -- sort of (not OTA, but the DirecTV locals via the satellite). The national channels are all good as are the high def channels. However, the local channels sometimes pixelate, and it's winter so I can't re-align my dish. My setup has the Slimline dish about 100 ft. away, with four copper wires going to an SWM-8, etc.

    My question is whether those old in-line amplifiers (Eagle, Channel Master, etc.) would do any good, if I inserted them right at the dish, to get a bit more "oomph", or are they no-no in an SWM-8 environment. Or, is there another suggestion anyone might have. The output from the SWM-8 already goes thru a Sonora amplifier, by the way. I'd say that end-to-end, including all the in-house wiring, I've got close to 200 ft. of wiring fom Slimline to the receiver.

    Thanks in advance for any good suggestions. DBSTalk has saved my arse on more than one occasion.

    Stan
     
  2. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    Those old style in line amps don't work on DirecTV.

    I will see if I can get RobertE to post you some advice.
     
  3. RobertE

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    How are the signal levels across the board?

    Second, I'd ditch the diplexors.
     
  4. BattleZone

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    I'd remove the Sonora amp, which may be causing more problems, and try that. The distances and configuration you have shouldn't need an amp anyway.
     
  5. Stanley Kritzik

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    As in -- run a second line directly to the OTA receiver inputs (which I can do with some re-wiring -- not this week, but in a reasonable bit of time)?

    Stan
     
  6. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    Give it a shot in a "stock" setup. No amps, no diplexors. See how that works (if at all). Go back to basics and work from there.
     
  7. Stanley Kritzik

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  8. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    99/101/103 don't really need 110/119
     
  9. Stanley Kritzik

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    101
    1-8 95 95 93 0 91 99 94 98
    9-16 91 95 95 0 92 99 88 98
    17-24 80 100 86 0 89 98 91 87
    25-32 85 100 88 96 90 96 89 99

    99 (c)
    1- 8 95 94 91 92 92 92 91 92
    9-16 92 93 92 91 95 95 NA NA

    99 (s)
    1- 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 33 77
    17-24 95 96 79 80 98 96 36 0

    103 (c)
    1- 8 95 94 94 94 91 92 92 93
    9-16 91 91 93 94 94 93 NA NA

    103 (s)
    1- 8 0 0 48 88 0 0 NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0
    17-24 0 95 0 94 79 77 0 0

    SWM

    1- 8 100 100 99 0 0 85 85 86
    9-16 85 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

    BTW, metro area is Milwaukee. Also, on a nice clear day like today, no pixels.
    So, reaction, please.

    Stan
     

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