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Slimline 3 SWM setup question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Trey, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Trey

    Trey New Member

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    Hello to all,

    Another newbie question that i hope you can help me with. I have an H20 with the 3 LNB 18x20 dish that I am upgrading to the Slimline 3 with the 3 LNB SWM.
    My question is which setup option is the correct one to use? Upon going to the "repeat setup" menu the receiver automatically chooses No. 17 Slimline-3s (swm) with coordinates for my zipcode of 233,45,49. According to dishpointer a slimline 3 should be 221,51,58. Also the receiver will not let me change to another type of setup. My zipcode is 33872. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Regards
    Trey
     
  2. jimmie57

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Yes, the receiver chooses the correct dish type with the SWM LNB.
    You did not mention it so, Do you have the Power Inserter and it is plugged in ?

    Use the Dishpointer settings to begin with. Also, start with the dish pointed about 10 to 15 degrees more east than it is supposed to be and then slowly turn the dish to the west.
    When you are close you will pick up the 101 satellite signals.
    Then you are adjusting side to side and then elevation, etc.
    All of those numbers are a starting point.
     
  3. Trey

    Trey New Member

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    Thank you for your reply and the welcome. Yes the PI is installed. I only have the 1 H20receiver so I am not using the splitter that came with the system. I used the 221, 51, 58 settings and I have 92-100 signals on 101. The 103ca and 103cb are 70-80 but the 99c sat is acting very strange. It shows a constant signal level of 94 on all transponders but I am not getting several HD channels. When I go to the Directv test channels i get a searching for signal message on 99 odd and even. The 101 and 103 all test OK.
     
  4. jimmie57

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    Now tweak the elevation setting and then do the azimuth again.
    The dish might be pointed too high in the sky. If I remember correctly, the 99 and 103 sats are lower in the sky by a tiny bit than the 101.

    Remeber to move the dish a super tiny bit at a time. The satellite is thousands of miles away and a tiny bit could be a hundred miles off target.
     
  5. Trey

    Trey New Member

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    I tweaked 101 and 103 to where i am getting 85+ signals on all transponders but 99 is acting very strange. The signal meter does not fluctuate up or down when making small adjustments. It just stays fixed on 94. Sometimes it even reads 100 on all transponders.
     
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    What ever is causing that is beyond my knowledge.

    Hopefully a better educated person will come in and take this over now to get you fixed up.

    What does it show for the SWM signals ?
     
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    Trey New Member

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    The 9 SWM channels range from 90 to 100. From reading some of the other threads, I think I will replace the coax. What I have now is copper clad, foil shield, and very little braid. It would seem that quality coax is more important with the SWM LNb's. Thank you again for your help.
     
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    Jaust a thought,
    I have to ask: You didn't put the BBC module in the coax line did you ? They are not used with the SWM.
     
  9. Trey

    Trey New Member

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    That was a good question, but no I did not. If it's not the cable/connectors, then I would have to assume the LNB and or receiver is the problem.
     

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