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Hawaii D-TV Thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by USDSM Huskerlover, May 8, 2012.

  1. USDSM Huskerlover

    USDSM Huskerlover Cool Member

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    Pretty much I knew this writing was on the wall before I started looking into this whole thing. The installer pretty much told me as much when he finished moving the dish- he would have to move the dish back to the spot on the peak of the roof to get back what I had. He replaced the LNB (that was working fine when I had the two dishes). He rewired everything. He replaced the SWM.

    He was quite up front that if we wanted the dish in the new location that the reception would be the way that it was.

    I was hoping that there may have been something he missed or that there would be something else that could be done to fix this. I am still half thinking about trekking up that hill to see how hard it would be to put a dish on the top of it. That area is called "preserve land" and the area behind our house is not ours after the lot line but we are allowed to change the land as long as we don't put anything permanent on it.

    Obviously it would be nice if DTV would change the signals on their satellites so that the lesser watched channels would be ones that would be carried on a satellite that would be harder to get a site line on.

    Again, thanks for all the input and insite on helping with this issue.

    GBR!
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    They make a non-penetrating mount which you sit on level ground, weigh down with concrete blocks. It has a mounting mast. You level it, slap blocks on it, put the dish on it, and run coax to your house. Should be legal under your "change with nothing permanent" rules.
     
  3. samrs

    samrs MANC

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    That seems a tad bit extreme. A moron with a smart phone could determine whether its a palm frond or the ridge line thats blocking the signal. It might just require some minor pruning.
     
  4. USDSM Huskerlover

    USDSM Huskerlover Cool Member

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    The solar panels are installed and it appears that I could move the dish back to the highest point on the roof but not quite to where the dish was previously- but closer to the side of the house more towards the slope of the hill that is lower.

    Coupla questions then:

    Will I be able to find an installer that would be willing to replace that dish above "habitable" area instead of the overhang- I realize that some may not be willing to do it "offiicially"?

    The app for the android phone that was linked earlier in this thread- does it show the path of the 99 satellite that I am missing- aka would I be able to go up there with that app and figure out if it would be worth putting more holes in my roof without having to do trial and error?

    Lastly nothing to do with this thread but reading the thread about the mentions of DTV and Dish merging: what is a hopper/harper and a joey?

    Thanks!

    GBR!
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The phone app should give you a good idea, which the video should show you.
     
  6. USDSM Huskerlover

    USDSM Huskerlover Cool Member

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    We are still waiting for the solar guys to finish and the city inspection to happen. We also can't monitor our system on the internet yet. I have been waiting for these things until I was going to start to see if I could move the dish back to the apex of the roof nearer to where the hill behind our house (see the pics earlier in the thread) to see if I could get those channels back.

    Lo and behold I was screwing around this morning and we have a bunch of channels back. Foxnews HD, ESPN HD, TBS HD, and we even got the PBS and CBS local channels back. I have done nothing to make this happen.

    Anyone have any ideas why I am all of a sudden getting a view on the 99 now and one transponder on the 99s that we weren't getting before, without having done anything? We haven't had a fire on the hill or anything that would lower the tree line.

    GBR!

    Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)

    1-8 92 92 91 0 90 98 88 99
    9-16 89 93 91 0 92 99 91 99
    17-24 91 0 92 0 92 99 95 99
    25-32 93 0 92 0 95 99 92 100

    Satellite transponders 14 total at 99º(c)
    1-8 0 23 22 27 22 26 26 27
    9-16 24 29 27 23 24 40 NA NA

    Satellite transponders 16 total at 99º(s)
    1-8 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0
    17-24 0 28 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(s)
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0
    17-24 100 100 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(ca))
    [National HD channels beamed from D12 satellite]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
    9-16 73 80 85 77 75 77 73 79
    17-24 74 75 76 75 79 77 79 82

    Satellite transponders 14 total at 103º(cb)
    [National HD channels beamed from D10 satellite]
    1-8 79 77 74 79 76 76 76 74
    9-16 77 73 79 77 76 91 NA NA
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

    Satellite transponders (9 total at SWM)
    [You'll only see this if you have a Single Wire Multiswitch (SWM) dish]
    1-8 99 99 0 92 99 0 91 92
    9-16 92 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
     
  7. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Those 99 levels SUCK!
    They're within a "I can get" range, but I'd bet you're looking through the bushes on the hill and they've dried out a bit, since water is the big attenuator of SAT signals.
     
  8. samrs

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    Like VOS said, if it hasn't rained in a while...

    Which also means that your likely right at the top of the shrubbery. A little diligent pruning might resolve your issue.
     
  9. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    You could also be just grazing the hill with the LOS to 99, and the satellites do wander a few fractions of a degree. The satellite might have moved enough to get a weak signal...in a day or two, possibly a week, it will likely go back to zero.
     

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