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My LNB is missing a part

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by B Newt, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. B Newt

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    The other day I noticed I am loosing some HD channels. I went outside to look at the dish and noticed what looks like a cover missing on the lnb. I guess I need to replace the lnb assembly. My present lnb is the old 4 wire model. I was looking online and there is a single wire multiswitch model that comes with a 4 way splitter and power supply. I was wondering if it will work with my old RCA sat receiver which is in the bedroom? Also wondering what channels goes to the missing cover receiver on the lnb?

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  2. Scott Kocourek

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    The SWiM lnb will not work with the old RCA receiver.

    I can't help on what channels come from there. You should be able to get another standard replacement and avoid the SWiM all together.
     
  3. HoTat2

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    And missing cover in the photo is for your main 99, 101, 103 feed horns which provide from around 90-100% of the channels depending on your subscribed package.
     
  4. P Smith

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    - as soon water, snow and ice will be inside feedhorn, your LNBF would start degrade
    - for now (watch signal level screens - I would make pictures for future monitoring) you will see no problem with any of your channels
    - get gct's thread - there is Excel table of ALL channels/sats/tpns
     
  5. lwilli201

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    Did your cat shoot it off? :eek2:
     
  6. P Smith

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    It should be pretty big cat to remove the cap (have you try do that by yourself ?) - a mountain lion or a cougar.
     
  7. lwilli201

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    I was talking about Sniper Cat in the OP's avatar.
     
  8. B Newt

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    He might have shot it off but I'm thinking the sun dry rotted the plastic cap. It gets hot here in Nevada in the summer. But if any thing goes wrong here I blame it on my cat.:lol:
     
  9. B Newt

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    Oh by the way thanks for the info on the single wire lnb!
     
  10. P Smith

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    Anyway, I would put some plastic or rubber over it to prevent moisture coming in.
     
  11. cabletech

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    Do you have the DTV protection plan? If you do, call and tell them you keep get searching for signal and have them come out. They will change the LNB.

    If you do not have the protection plan, you can still call them and for $50.00 they will still fix things up, OR you can go to solidsignal.com and order a new LNb and replace it yourself, by the time it is over with, you will have spent about the same $$.
     
  12. Floyd

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    After you make sure there is no water, debris, or a wasp nest in the feedhorn with the missing cap you can glue a plastic cap on it, or maybe find one that will fit snugly on. You might need dish allignment, since mere loss of the cover shouldn't affect the signal, with the above caveats.
     
  13. jimmie57

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    +1

    There is a good possibility that if you call for a service call that DTV will replace the dish for a new Slimline 5 or Slimline 3 depending on which one you need. The cost is covered in the service call fee.
     
  14. B Newt

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    OK I got a new 4 connection lnb from eBay for $25.00. I got all my HD stations back. Also my sat signal strength improved. I was going to take the covers off the other 2 feed horns on the old lnb for spares but they were cracked and dry rotted.
     
  15. P Smith

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    Could I have it for technical dissection - always want get into DTV LNBF block, but never had bad one.
     
  16. B Newt

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    Shoot I already threw it away. Sorry.
     

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