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Spreadsheet available anywhere that shows signal strength numbers?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by carillon, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. carillon

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    I'd like to compare my numbers to established numbers for each satellite and transponder. Is there a breakdown of these anywhere? Thanks
     
  2. dpeters11

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  3. carillon

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    Thanks, so those TPs that show N/A or 0 on non-spotbeam satellites if any would be an issue. Correct?
     
  4. peds48

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    0 on non-spot beams are a problem. Dont worry with the N/A


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  5. dpeters11

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    I wouldn't say that necessarily. What transponders on what satellites are 0?
     
  6. peds48

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    I wouldn't say that necessarily. What transponders on what satellites are 0?


    If is NOT a spot beam, it is a CONUS beam, and as such it should not be zero.


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  7. litzdog911

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    Post back your signal readings using this template and we'll let you know if their up to snuff ....

    Please post back with your signal readings for each satellite's transponders (and both tuners if applicable). You'll find these readings under "Menu" -> "Setup" -> "System Setup" -> Satellite -> "View Signal Strength". Note the "+" and "-" symbols next to the "Satellite" and "Tuner" entries where you can toggle the readings between the various satellites and both DVR tuners.

    Fill in your readings for each satellite and tuner using these examples. A properly aligned dish will show 80-90s on most of the relevant transponders (although some will be low or zero):


    Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)
    [Most of your standard definition channels are beamed from 101ºW]
    1-8 x x x x x x x x
    9-16 x x x x x x x x
    17-24 x x x x x x x x
    25-32 x x x x x x x x

    Satellite transponders (3 total at 110º)
    [Not present with Slimline3 dish. No channels are currently beamed from this satellite]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA x
    9-16 NA x NA x NA NA NA NA

    Satellite transponders (11 total at 119º)
    [Not present with Slimline 3 dish. Local SD channels for some cities, Spanish package]
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA x x x
    25-32 x x x x x x x x

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 99º(s)) [or 99º(b)]
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 x x x x x x NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA x x
    17-24 x x x x x x x x
    [Note: these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 99º(c)) [or 99º(a)]
    [National HD channels]
    1-8 x x x x x x x x
    9-16 x x x x x x NA NA
    [Note, these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(s)) [or 103º(a)]
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 x x x x x x NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA x x
    17-24 x x x x x x x x
    [Note, these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(ca))
    [National HD channels beamed from D12 satellite]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
    9-16 x x x x x x x x
    17-24 x x x x x x x x

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 103º(cb)) [or 103º(b)]
    [National HD channels beamed from D10 satellite]
    1-8 x x x x x x x x
    9-16 x x x x x x NA NA
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

    Satellite transponders (9 total at SWM)
    [You'll only see this if you have a Single Wire Multiswitch (SWM) dish]
    1-8 x x x x x x x x
    9-16 x NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
     
  8. dpeters11

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    If is NOT a spot beam, it is a CONUS beam, and as such it should not be zero.


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    I don't think that's the case. For example, I get all mid to high 90s on 101, except have two zeros on 18 and 28.
     
  9. CCarncross

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    THats because there are a couple of spot beams on 101 as well...
     
  10. jdspencer

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    FYI, there are 6 spot beams on 101.
    4, 12, 18, 20, 26, and 28
     
  11. peds48

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    I don't think that's the case. For example, I get all mid to high 90s on 101, except have two zeros on 18 and 28.


    Yep. Spot beam. Lol


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  12. jimmie57

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    If you are wanting to see someone else's numbers to compare yours to, I have a PDF file with the numbers I had on my Slimline 5 for 4 years without any problems.

    I say had because I recently switched to a Slimline 3 SWM system.
     
  13. dpeters11

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    Serves me right for not memorizing the transponder map. But these could be the 0s he saw.
     
  14. carillon

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    Thanks for the replies! Here's what I observe on my setup... Does anything below jump out as an issue? Thanks

    101 - All 32 TPs have signal. I have four low ones at 66, 66, 79, 86 (TPs 4, 12, 20 & 28). The rest are 94 and above.

    110 - All show N/A except for TP 8 = 95, TP 10 = 98 and TP 12 = 95.

    119 - All show N/A except for TP 24 through 32 which are 99 or 100. However, TP 23 and 31 = 0.

    99(c) - All show N/A except for TPs 1 though 14 which are 88 to 95 in strength.

    99(s) - TP 1 = 0, TP 2 = 48, TP 3 = 0, TP 4 = 52, TP 5 = 90, TP 6 = 0. TP 7 through 14 are N/A. TP 15 = 0, TP 16 = 74, TP 17 = 63, TP 18 = 55, TP 19 = 70, TP 20 = 76, TP 21 = 0, TP 22 = 46, TP 23 = 0, TP 24 = 0. TPs 25 through 32 show N/A.

    103(s) - TP 1 = 42, TP 2 = 63, TP 3 = 9, TP 4 = 72, TP 15 = 94, TP 16 = 92, TP 17 = 35, TP 18 = 57, TP 19 = 93, TP 20 = 94, TP 21 = 61, TP 22 = 63, TP 23 = 93, TP 24 = 95. The rest are showing N/A.

    103(ca) - TPs 1 through 8 and 25 through 32 are showing N/A. TPs 9 through 24 range from 88 to 95 in strength.

    103(cb) - TPs 15 through 32 are showing N/A. TPs 1 through 14 range from 91 to 95 in strength.

    SWM - TP 1 = 100, TP 2 = 0, TP 3 = 0, TP 4 = 0, TP 5 = 100, TP 6 = 100, TP 7 = 100, TP 8 = 100, TP 9 = 100. The rest show N/A.
     
  15. texasbrit

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    Those signals are fine. Just FYI you can ignore the 99s and 103s "satellites" because they are all spotbeams. The spotbeams that cover your market will have high readings, the rest can be anything, even zero.
     
  16. dpeters11

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    Same with 119 and 110. Most of us don't even see those satellites.
     
  17. texasbrit

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    There's nothing on 110 right now. But the older 3-lnb phase III dishes align on 110 so it would be difficult to take it away. And there are quite a few people use 119. In some cities, SD locals come from 119. the ethnic package comes from 119. And there are some religious and music channels that are only on 119, if they are important to you.
     
  18. peds48

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    Same with 119 and 110. Most of us don't even see those satellites.


    Just because you don't get the 119 is does not mean it can be ignored, for those that need the 119 is crucial to get a strong signal on this bird, mostly important because if you have the 119 guide data comes from this satellite.


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  19. dpeters11

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    I still think he can ignore those transponders. I do not see them as a concern.
     
  20. texasbrit

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    As a general rule, you can't ignore the 119 transponders. If you have a 5-lnb dish (which is the only slimline that sees 119 anyway) then the guide data comes from 119 when you are watching a channel from the 103 satellite. That means if the 119 signals are too low, you don't get consistent guide data.
    But as it happens, the OP has an SWM LNB, and even with the slimline 5, that always takes guide data from 101 so the OP would be OK. But many people would not be.
     

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