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Any spotbeam footprint maps for the Ka satellites?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by BrettStah, Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. BrettStah

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    I'm trying to figure out how large the coverage area is for the spotbeam that is sending down the New Orleans HD local channels. (Someone else helpfully found a map showing the coverage for the SD channels.)

    Any idea if such a map exists?
     
  2. harsh

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    Mapping a beam created with the technology used in the Spaceway satellites (phased array) would be next to impossible. Even DIRECTV had some troubles mapping it as there are dead spots in some markets.

    D10, D11 and D12 should be much easier to map.
     
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    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I doubt "close" is the right word.
    Different SATs, antenna types, technology, etc. Almost light years apart.
    "We're" working on something here with your help: http://www.sizethis.com/spotmap/index.php
     
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    Sorry if I gave erroneous information.
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    We're all here to help.
    I've seen the SD [Ku] spot beam maps, & know the Ka are just too much different to use Ku as a comparison.
     
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    I'm going to Lafayette this weekend and will be taking an H20 with me so I'll see if the spot reaches that far away. I know the SD spots do.
    I'll let you know next week how it goes.
     
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    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Yeah Brott got busy and hasn't updated his site.
    To my knowledge there is no spot beam footprint map for the new Ka birds.
    Since they use a phased array antenna, D* can change the spread of the beam at will, unlike the older antennas that were fixed.
     
  10. davring

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    A few months ago I house sat about 150 miles from home. They have D*, but no DVR, so I took our HR20 and was able to receive our spot beam, locals and all. Where I visited their spot beam came from 103 and my home sat is 99, not that it matters, but they do overlap in some markets. My signal on 99 was low (50's) but we had good weather.
     
  11. veryoldschool

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    I have seven transponders from the two SATs that are above 95%. This doesn't mean I can get the channels from anyone but "mine", just that some beams are for DMAs over 300 miles away. The phased array spot beams are much smaller than the older spot beams and so D* can reuse the transponder frequencies more for other parts of the country without having crosstalk.
     
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    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    VOS, you might want to check your link:
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    The requested URL /spotmap/index.php was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
    Apache/1.3.37 Server at www.sizethis.com Port 80
     
  13. Doug Brott

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    Yes, the link has been removed .. sorry. And just because this thread is so old and the information now out of date, I'm going to close this thread.
     
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