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Northern California 103b signal levels...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by pdawg17, Oct 10, 2007.

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  1. firedog1

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    Perhaps a better question would be, could any of the resident "expert/gurus" squeeze any more performance out of my setup, at my location?

    Or, even as a neophyte, have I maximized the potential?
     
  2. firedog1

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    I absolutely agree. I was merely trying to get a sense of what other folk's (general) results were.
     
  3. techrep

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    Take heart, your numbers are as good as VOS's. ;)
     
  4. veryoldschool

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    And my dish hasn't been touched since April '06. :)
     
  5. firedog1

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    That's waaaaaay too long. Go ahead, touch your dish, show it the lovin' it deserves. :lol:
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    As strange as this may sound, I'm going to wait until I have a problem. I've lost signal due to weather for about 5 min total, so far. :D
     
  7. techrep

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    Ok Firedog1, this is a classic example of settling for "mere excellence." ;)
     
  8. firedog1

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    We had our first substantial rain of the season last week. So, I checked the signal strength to see how the rain affected it. My 103b numbers which previously were in the 80s had fallen to the 40s and 50s, 101 had fallen from the 90s to the 70s and 80s, and 103a had fallen from 100 to low 90s.

    A couple of days after the rain I checked again and the numbers were largely unchanged. Up to the roof top I went. While checking to make sure all the nuts were tight, I noticed that one of the bolts on the monopole was snapped. So the mast was able to move about an inch.

    Replacing the snapped bolt and tweaking alignment I was able to hit my all time best numbers on all the SATS, except (the pesky) 119. 103b is all 90s now. I'm guessing that this bolt was borderline when I was doing all my alignment tweaking and mast plumbing in the past. In the interim, it loosened just enough to allow the mast to shift and substantially lower the signal strengths.

    Now I'm anxiously awaiting the next rain to see how the 103b numbers fare.

    What kind of drop in 103b did anyone else experience during the rain? Particularly in the Bay Area.
     
  9. K4SMX

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    Holy smokes, firedog! Back on the roof again!!! Your mast moved an INCH? That's like a mile in dish alignment, depending upon which way it moved.

    Your 103(b) rain strengths are pretty typical. I recently posted mine went to dead zero in a moderate rain which had caused my Ku's to drop to the still-highly-watchable 60's.

    Congratulations on your best numbers yet. I'm gonna find a black op's team to sneak up on your roof and completely eliminate your 119 feed horn on your LNB so you won't be bothered by those "pesky" 119 sig strengths anymore! :)
     
  10. pjschwartz

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    Better make sure those monopoles are tight in case Santa Claus bumps into your dish while climing down the chimney in a couple of weeks :D

    I've not had any severe rain since installing the new LNB, but during a heavy snow fall a few weeks ago, my signal strengths on 103b only dropped 2 to 3 points.
     
  11. firedog1

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    You're absolutely correct. My statement was poorly worded. More accurately, there was approximately one inch of "play" in the monopole. The actual movement was probably a strong eighth of an inch.
     
  12. firedog1

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    Santa knows better than to mess with firedog1's dish :lol:


    That's encouraging. I have no idea the difference between snow and rain, and their effect on SAT signal strength.

    Curious to hear how the OP, pdawg17 fared during our last rain.
     
  13. K4SMX

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    My black op's 119 removal team will not be looking like Santa Claus....you'll never have to worry about 119 again! :)
     
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