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Signal Meter for 103

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by k0rww, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. k0rww

    k0rww Legend

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    Any recommendations for a Satellite Signal Meter for measuring the signal from 103?
     
  2. Nabisco

    Nabisco Godfather

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    i do think the new birddog, acutrack III and a superbuddy maybe?
     
  3. k0rww

    k0rww Legend

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    If the LNB down converts a KA band frequency to L-Band (1-2GHz):

    Why can't a standard satellite signal meter see 103?
     
  4. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

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    If you are planning to do enough installations to pay for a meter in the $500.00 to $800.00 range....the Superbuddy seems to have most usable features. The Birdog was the only game in town but I know techs who have used both and prefer the former over all others. They charge enough to cover the cost of their tools, time and materials.

    I did not consider the Accutrack because they are fragile and that is a lot of money to drop off a roof. The Bird dog & the Superbuddy both addressed the dropping issue one way or another.

    If you are only tuning your personal rig....peak the 101 and give a two degree poosh west unless tuning is worth $500.00 to $800.00 to you.

    Joe
     
  5. joe diamond

    joe diamond Hall Of Fame

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    That is the better question...When Directv started using the HD "sidecar" the reason the meters could not "see" the Ku signal from the 99 & 103 was they had not yet been launched or turned on for service. Techs were supposed to guess where the new birds would be and tune fir them.

    I always assumed meters would catch up once there was a signal to "see" but it never happened. Is it a technical reason or marketing of the meters? I don't know either.

    Good question?
    Anybody?

    Joe
     
  6. k0rww

    k0rww Legend

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    Hi Joe,

    You're right, $500-800 is way too much for a meter for my own use.

    I would like to understand the difference between the signals coming off the LNB for 101 vs. 103 for example.

    Thanks for your responses.
     
  7. satguy22

    satguy22 Legend

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    I have a supperbudy use three times, retired. Take 500.
     

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