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How many Sats??

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by daddie_longlegs, May 4, 2013.

  1. daddie_longlegs

    daddie_longlegs New Member

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    I'm new to Dish after many years with DTV. I always got a minimum of 3 Sats w/ DTV (110/119/12?), but I noticed I only get (2)Sats with Dish, 61.5 west strength 51 /72.7 strength 32 but no other Sats. Shouldn't I get 3 Sats?? I also seem to get fade real easy and Locals may pixelate & drop audio from time to time. I live in N.E. Alabama. Little help please.
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Doctor Whom Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The western arc consists of 110/119/129, while the eastern arc consists of 61.5/72.7/77... but most people don't need all three on the eastern arc, it seems... so every once in a while in certain areas they just install you with the two locations like it sounds like they have done for you.
     
  3. daddie_longlegs

    daddie_longlegs New Member

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    Shouldn't the signal strength be higher?? It fades a lot more than my old DTV signal!!
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Doctor Whom Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Higher is relative.

    While the signal meter on the DVRs go up to 100, nobody ever gets anywhere near that. Also, you can't just measure results on one channel and say that's your signal... Different transponders give different levels. A good installation will be peaked on a couple of different locations on the two SATs you receive, and there will be variance across all the transponders.

    I don't know what optimal levels are in Alabama... but different parts of the country do see different levels as you might expect. Maybe someone else from Alabama can chime in and give you some ideas of what to expect.

    I can say that a properly peaked dish with Dish Network in most areas shouldn't lose signal due to "rain fade" unless you have a nice dark cloud overhead blocking signal... We get some heavy rains and don't lose signal here in NC unless the black clouds are overhead.
     
  5. scooper

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    No - Dish used to go clear to 125 on their receiver's meters. Now - they're calibrated to the standard meters their tech's use for aiming.

    A reading of 50-60 is gods plenty for most transponders - it's very resistant to weather related events if you're getting that strong a signal.
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The incidence of fade should be comparable to a DIRECTV SD signal and better than a DIRECTV HD signal. If it isn't, your installation is probably sub-par.
     

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