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NYC Local Channels, Sat/Transponders?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by matty8199, Feb 4, 2006.

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  1. matty8199

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    I understand that - my concern is whether or not 30 is too low a signal strength to get a picture with (my guess is that it is too low). Also, trying to figure out why my signal strength keeps fluctuating like this, although it has been steady for 12 hours now (it was around 90 when I went to bed last night and around the same level when I woke up and left for work this morning)...
     
  2. carl6

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    30 is probably too low to have consistently reliable service. If you are getting a picture, you may have a higher than normal rate of blocking and artifact distortion, as you will be at or below the threshold where the forward error correction can keep up with the bit error rate.

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  3. matty8199

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    Hmm...I'll be interested to see what the signal level is when I get home today. Yesterday when I got home from work (around 6pm) it was in the 30s (like I mentioned earlier in this thread), but by the time I got home later that night (around 11pm) it was back up over 80. I'm hoping it was a temporary problem...
     
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    Back into the 60s today at 6pm...

    This entire thing seems to have no rhyme or reason as to when it goes down in signal...
     
  5. Guesst925XTU

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    Well, the NYC TV market extends about 80 miles south to Mystic Islands in Ocean County NJ and 85 miles west to Greentown in Pike County PA. The spot beam HAS TO reach that far at least.
     
  6. matty8199

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    Now I'm back up to 81 on TP4, 82 on TP12, and 73 on TP20...

    I guess it could be the spot beam drifting, but that doesn't explain why I was down in the 30s last night. If it is spot beam drift, that should clear up when they launch SV locals since 4 of the SV locals my county would get are Philly stations (which would mean they're on the NY spot beam, they'd have to extend it to reach here). I guess we'll see where it is tomorrow night and go from there...
     
  7. Greg Bimson

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    This is funny to me. I am near Annapolis, and I have seen posts that people can get NYC channels (all of them) down here. And I have a signal on transponders 4, 12, and 20, which are the Philly and NYC channels.
     
  8. matty8199

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    That's the odd thing - I'm constantly at 100 on TP18, which is the DC locals...go figure.
     
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    Ok, the rollercoaster stays up this morning...90ish on 4 and 12, 81 on TP20. I can live with those numbers if they'd stay in that area or above 80.

    I just wish I could figure out what that 30 on Monday night was all about. I guess I'll have to wait and see where the signal is when I get home from work tonight...
     
  10. Tower Guy

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    Your question doesn't make sense. Once you "move" (illegally) to NYC, they cannot still provide your real local stations to you.
     
  11. matty8199

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    Huh?
     
  12. matty8199

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    Well, I haven't been below 60 since Monday night when it was in the 30s (knock on wood, hopefully that was just an aberration). Tonight I'm between 64-73 on all three (4, 12, and 20)...
     
  13. Greg Bimson

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    Tower Guy is trying to say that if you manage to get New York local channels, you will lose whatever channels you have. Therefore, it doesn't matter if you, "can "move" to NYC and still be within the spot beam for the other locals." If you move to NYC, the other locals won't matter.

    However, I suspect you are talking about the spot-beam locals for NY, not your current S/W-B locals.
     
  14. matty8199

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    Yeah, I don't really care about the SWB locals. If I really need them, I could probably get them OTA (although that'd be iffy, I'm close to 40 miles from the towers).

    I just wish I could figure out why my signal on Monday night was in the 30s on those 3 transponders. It hasn't been below 60 since and I've been consistently above 80 at night (like I said, knock on wood), which leads me to believe it wasn't a normal occurence - but there was no real weather condition that would've knocked it down that much, it was pretty much a clear night on Monday. It's just odd...
     
  15. damondlt

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    Do you have a tree branch waving in the path of your dish?? That will cause it to move up and down like that.
     
  16. matty8199

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    That's not it - now that I've been checking it every night for a few weeks, it happens at wayyyyy too regular an interval for it to be something like that. I've just gotten used to it...
     
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