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Is it possible to lose reception on a transponder?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by billoh, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. billoh

    billoh Cool Member

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    I'm beginning to have reception problems on sat 61.5 due to trees (I'm pretty sure). However, I seem to be losing a channel on transponder 30 (434 NESN)while channels on transponder 5 (Boston locals) are working. Is this possible? Can a signal be weaker on different transponders?
    The trees in question are very tall and not on my property, so I'm not sure how to solve the basic problem just yet.
     
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The spotbeams at 61.5 come from a different and relatively newer satellite (7 year old instead of 13 years old). The older satellite will be replaced by September. If your aiming is off it is possible you would lose weaker transponders before stronger spotbeams.

    I may be fighting the same problem today. I lost everything except my locals from 61.5 last night. We've had some poor weather lately. Time to check all the connections and aiming.
     
  3. billoh

    billoh Cool Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I thought (and my wife was sure) it was much more likely to be my impatience at watching games on SD than anything else. Now to get up on the roof and check the aiming and trees.
    Did your answer imply that there is more than one satellite at that position? I'm clearly not very knowledgable about all this.
     
  4. boba

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    Yes many of DISH's satellite locations have more than one satellite at the location. That allows for a backup satellite and for stronger broadcasts.:)
     
  5. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    As for mine ... we've had some nasty storms lately and it appears a branch in a tree has been bent down to about 15ft off of the ground into my LOS. :(

    I did manage to get a better signal reaiming my dish but I expect I'll be giving that tree a trimming. While aiming the wind blew a couple of times and the signal doubled. So I'm pretty sure what my problem is.

    But before the aiming I had my spotbeam strong enough to get locals and no other transponders. After I had all my channels back. It is worth the work.
     
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Taken from the center of the dish aimed at the proper azimuth/elevation for 61.5 ...
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    I win ... the tree loses. Signal strength doubled.

    Hopefully yours will work out as well, bill.
     

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