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Peaking dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Mike770, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Mar 7, 2011 #1 of 12
    Mike770

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    I would like to peak the dish. I have never touched the sat dish before so I am a total newb at this.

    I have a Sl3 dish. I am getting 90s - 100 on 101. However, on 99 and 103 and am getting anywhere from 75 - 85 (more towards the lower number than higher.) . Do these number merit my attempt at peaking the dish? If so, is it difficult to do myself and How's it done or should i call D*.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2011 #2 of 12
    Jodean

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    very easy to do yourself

    locate the 4 bolts holding the azel in place (2 hold az and 2 hold elevation) loosen them then you can adjust your cams (bolts with black rings with numbers on them) sound like your ele is ok, must be your az

    rotate the cam bolt till you get 95's on your 99 and 103

    im sure theres pictures if you do a search
     
  3. Mar 7, 2011 #3 of 12
    Mcmiller519

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    I would just do your left to right movement only move it one to two clicks at a time it doesn't take much to get way out of adjustment and just rember how many marks u turned it and Which way
     
  4. Mar 7, 2011 #4 of 12
    jdspencer

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    If the 101 signals are that good, I'd make small tweaks to the tilt before messing with azimuth.
     
  5. Mar 7, 2011 #5 of 12
    WestDC

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    First check and make sure your dish mount is not loose. the mono poles can slip or the roof plate can shift (Not likely) but it depends on how good it was installed to begin with.

    If it Wiggels re-tighted it then check your signals before you adjust anything else, only because your going to be eye ball adjusting it :)
     
  6. Mar 7, 2011 #6 of 12
    Jodean

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    oh thats true, it might have the first gen monopoles that dont work, that have the 7/16" nuts on them and might hold, or might even break. Had numerous service calls for that style monopole. If you have those, throw them away!!!! get the new style with 1/2" nuts
     
  7. Mar 7, 2011 #7 of 12
    P Smith

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    By the numbers I see a difference as 1/16" what me think is insignificant. Really, why is that second type better ?
     
  8. Mar 7, 2011 #8 of 12
    raoul5788

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    Mike770, before you do any adjustments, please post your signal strengths on all of the satellites, 99c and 99s, also 103ca, 103cb, and 103s especially.
     
  9. Mar 7, 2011 #9 of 12
    Jodean

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    the smaller bolts most of the time break before the clamp tightens to the inner monopole, the bolt just shears off. Its pretty easy to break the bolt off even with a small wrench. The 1/2" nut size bolts must be 5/16" i think, you have to try pretty hard to shear that bolt, that and the clamp actually works, the entire monopole is just stronger all around compared to the older type.

    Somehow we ended up with some this last summer and all of a sudden i got 4 service calls out of no where, they were all broken bolts after a storm went through. Before that i maybe had 1 or 2 service calls every 3 months or so that i couldnt fix over the phone.
     
  10. Mike770

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    I will post the numbers later on. Secondly, I checked the numbers more thoroughly and they do not appear as bad as the day before. However, I will let you guys decide whether peaking is necessary.

    Thanks to all!
     
  11. WestDC

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    sounds like the dish mounts maybe loose :confused:
     
  12. raoul5788

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    The reason I asked is because you didn't say which satellites the signal strength numbers come from. If they were from the spot beams, then they might be okay, but not so good if they are CONUS numbers.
     

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