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Signal Strength

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by johnc847, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. johnc847

    johnc847 New Member

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    What is the lowest decent signal strength we should have? And how much loss in picture quality is there with lower signals?
     
  2. gokartergo

    gokartergo AllStar

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    Every area is different on what there min. signal levels should be.. Tell us what area you are in and we can look up what your min and average signal levels should be.. Also if you have ea or wa . You don't really loose picture quality on signal levels.. You drop picture.
     
  3. johnc847

    johnc847 New Member

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    Im in arkansas, zip code 72120. What do you mean by ea or wa? Sorry I'm new.
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Eastern Arc or Western Arc i.e. which direction your dish is pointed. We are about in the middle of them. Think our HD local channels are on Eastern Arc.
     
  5. gokartergo

    gokartergo AllStar

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    Yep eastern arch or western arch. If you grab the remote control and hit menu Then hit #6 then #1 then #1 Then hit check switch.. But don't run the test.. You will see where it says three different sat numbers.. Can you tell use what numbers are on there.. Then hit cancel a few times to get out of there..
     
  6. johnc847

    johnc847 New Member

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    Here is what was listed.

    77 - Echostar 77 West - 53% Signal
    72 - Echostar 72.7 West - 57% Signal
    61.5 - Echostar 61.5 West - 60% Signal
     
  7. gokartergo

    gokartergo AllStar

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    One more thing.. What is the closest big city.. My chart does not go by zip code.. So I have no idea what area it is.. And that means you are on the EA or eastern arch..
     
  8. gokartergo

    gokartergo AllStar

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    OK,, Little Rock Min signal levels for 72 are tp 15=47 tp 17=51 tp19=51 and tp21=52 for sat 61.5 tp 10=45 tp14=49 tp29=52 and tp31=41 fpr sat 77 tp13=42 tp 16=42 tp 20=43 and tp 21=45

    The TP stands for transponder.. on the check switch screen you can see the transponders switch that to any of those numbers above to the sat.. If any of your levels are below these.. You need to get your dish peaked.. I can also get what the average is for your area if you want them..
     
  9. BillJ

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    Those average signal readings seem like they could be useful for anyone with a DISH installation. Are they available anywhere online for users to look up?
     
  10. gokartergo

    gokartergo AllStar

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    Those are not average.. Those are the lowest levels they should be.. Sorry,, I have them on a exel spreed sheet..
     
  11. BillJ

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    I'm in Illinois north of I-80 halfway between Chicago and Moline. Use satellites 110, 119, 129 and 61.5. Chicago locals are mirrored on 61.5 and 129 signal is poorest of all the satellites. My 622 receivers default to 129 but often switch to 61.5 for a better signal if the channel is on both.

    Do you have average or minimum signals for this location?
    Thanks.
     
  12. MattG@DISH Network

    MattG@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

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    View attachment 19114

    This is the excel sheet. Please note that it goes by DMA, satellite, and transponder (you change the satellite using the bottom tabs)

    I posted this somewhere here before, but couldn't find it
     
  13. gokartergo

    gokartergo AllStar

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    Thanks Matt.. Couldn't remember where I pulled them from...:)
     
  14. MattG@DISH Network

    MattG@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

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    You're welcome :D

    It's very useful
     
  15. CeeWoo

    CeeWoo Godfather

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    Thanks for posting those Matt. My numbers (for my DMA of course) seem to run about 10 pts higher across the board so I'm good with that :)
     
  16. Papote

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    Puerto Rico is not included here.
    :(
     
  17. MattG@DISH Network

    MattG@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

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    It's in there (next to Puerto rico)
     
  18. mcholak

    mcholak Cool Member

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    Thanks for that chart, that is going to be very helpful! This may be another question for a seperate thread, but how sensitive are these systems to the placement of the arm that holds the LNB? I'm trying to get my dish realigned at our cabin after a branch fell on it. I noticed that the arm doesn't sit in exactly the same place it used to and I'm wondering if I just need to keep playing with the aim of the dish or if I need to repair/replace it.
     
  19. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

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    They are very sensitive. If the geometry of the arm or the reflector are changed, it may be nearly impossible to get good signal strength. Fractions of an inch out of alignment can make a dish almost useless.
     
  20. mcholak

    mcholak Cool Member

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    Great. I suppose the follow up question then is, do I try to fix this or just call Dish? There aren't any screws holding the arm in, it's basically two indentations on the frame attached to the dish and two indentations in the arm. It's held in by the frictions/tension of the tight fit. I could drill out these indentations but if I'm off just a bit then I'd be no better off than I am now, right?
     

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