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Transponder 5: Now on Spotbeam?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Charles Oliva, May 1, 2002.

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  1. Mark Holtz

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    Okay, transponder 7 update..... at my location, the signal has been fluctuating wildly. In the past five minutes, the signal has gine from 52-55 to 42-46.

    Okay, did a quick scan, and with the exception of transponder 5 (which is zero), most of my signal strengths have been at least 85. Got back to transponder 7, and the strength is now at 76-77.
     
  2. Mark Holtz

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    Woah, now this is wild. It's now running 69-75, and it just dropped to 65. All the others are rock strong, and the sky is clear.
     
  3. Charles Oliva

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    Tr.7 switched to spotbeam at 4:30am EDT
     
  4. bryan27

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    Update: This is the current make-up of the TP 5&7 spots

    Transponder 5
    8320-KNXV(ABC)Phoenix
    8321-KPHO(CBS)Phoenix
    8322-KPNX(NBC)Phoenix
    8323-KSAZ(Fox)Phoenix
    8324-KASW(WB)Phoenix
    8325-KUTP(UPN)Phoenix
    8326-KAET(PBS)Phoenix
    8327-KTVK(ind)Phoenix
    8590-KDNL(ABC)St.Louis
    8591-KMOV(CBS)St.Louis
    8592-KSDK(NBC)St.Louis
    8593-KTVI(Fox)St.Louis
    8650-WSOC(ABC)Charlotte
    8651-WBTV(CBS)Charlotte
    8652-WCNC(NBC)Charlotte
    8653-WCCB(Fox)Charlotte
    8654-WWWB(WB)Charlotte
    8655-WJZY(UPN)Charlotte
    8657-WAXN(ind)Charlotte

    Transponder 7
    8750-WTVD(ABC)Raleigh
    8751-WRAL(CBS)Raleigh
    8752-WNCN(NBC)Raleigh
    8753-WRAZ(Fox)Raleigh
    8754-WLFL(WB)Raleigh
    8755-WRDC(UPN)Raleigh
    8756/8190-WUNC(PBS)

    There is a report that Greenville will move to spots on May 6th and will be split between TP 5 & 7. Also be looking for these to move to TP5 shortly (between tonight and May 6th):

    8594-KPLR(WB)St.Louis
    8596-KETC(PBS)St.Loius
    And Maybe 8597-KNLC(ind)St.Louis (it has been rumored to be moving)

    Alaska and Hawaii besure to report when TP9 becomes active :)
     
  5. SParker

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    spotbeam TP5 is strong as can be here in Grand Rapids, MI but TP7 is a big 0.
     
  6. TNGTony

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    The great lakes spot hasn't been turned on for TP7 yet.

    See ya
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  7. SParker

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    any idea which TP the GR locals will eminate from? I get a great signal from the TP5 spotbeam.
     
  8. joblo

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    Sorry, Bryan, but I disagree. I’m probably 150 miles outside the -5dB contour for the Carolina beam and my signal strength on those spot transponders has ranged from 70 to 105 over the past few days. Those spots are currently in the high 80s, with CONUS transponders ranging from 110 to 124. So if someone 50 miles further north has 0 signal on the Carolina spots, I would find that quite interesting.

    One question I have about the map contours is what “-5dB” relates to. If it’s 5dB down from CONUS strength, that’s one thing, but if it’s 5dB from the maximum spot strength, that’s quite a different matter, and it may turn out that E* can provide service over a rather larger area than its initial conservative estimates would have predicted. Speaking as someone who lived with signals in the 50s and 60s for an entire winter before the new leaves forced me to move my dish to the roof, I think 80s look pretty good, and I would be plenty annoyed if E* were unwilling to sell me my locals at those strengths simply because their map said I had 5dB less signal than someone in the center of the beam.

    I would like to ask, however, that those that provide signal strength reading on the spot beams also give some idea of their signal strength on the CONUS beams as well for purposes of establishing a baseline. A spot strength of 80 with CONUS strengths of 120 is very different than spot strength of 80 with CONUS strengths of 60.
     
  9. scooper

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    In Youngsville (about 15 miles NNE of Raleigh) - Spot Beams 5 and 7 are 120+ (on both a 4900 Upgraded and a 2800 upgraded), while the rest of the 119 CONUS transponders range from upper 90s - 120's.

    Is that better joblo ? :)
     
  10. JohnH

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    And Tps 5 and 7 are now about 50-60 here in southeast Pennsylvania. In fact the DISHPlayer locks on them. Go figure with 30" dishes on the SW64 though.
     
  11. Mark Holtz

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    Still zero signal on 5 and 7 for Sacramento.
     
  12. markh

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    Transponder 5 is still at 125 but 7 is now at zero. On 119 the signal varies from high 80's to 122-123, depending on which transponder. That spot must be pretty hot!
     
  13. rbird

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    Full signal on TPs 5 and 7 here.

    Bob
     
  14. Mark Holtz

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    As of this morning....

    5 & 9 are now getting 0 signal. Sacramento does not get a spot beam at transponder 9, so it will remain at 0

    The spotbeam at 7 has been switched on.... and I'm getting a nice, solid 125.
     
  15. bryan27

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    TP9 has been activated. Lots of channel movement last night. When I get a list I'll post it. Greenville, Birmingham, San Francisco, Houston, some of Chicago have moved to spots.

    joblo, the -5db contour is the range of useable signal with no interference on an 18 inch dish. The Carolinas beam probably has a more north-east signal than the map presents because of the satellite position and the Earth's curvature. The rest of the beams seem right on target with those outside the contour getting very little usable signal.
     
  16. invaliduser88

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    Any ideas when the Texas spotbeam is going to be lit up? Nothing as of last night
     
  17. bryan27

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    Here is what has been added to the spots last night:

    Transponder 5:
    8180-WLOS(ABC)Asheville
    8181-WSPA(CBS)Spartanburg
    8182-WYFF(NBC)Greenville
    8370-KTRK(ABC)Houston
    8371-KHOU(CBS)Houston
    8372-KPRC(NBC)Houston
    8373-KRIV(Fox)Houston
    8374-KHWB(WB)Houston
    8375-KTXH(UPN)Houston
    8375-KUHT(PBS)Houston

    Transponder 7:
    8183-WHNS(Fox)Greenville
    8184-WBSC(WB)Greenville
    8185-WASV(UPN)Asheville
    8220-KCO(ABC)San Francisco
    8221-KPIX(CBS)San Francisco
    8222-KNTV(NBC)San Jose
    8223-KTVU(Fox)San Fancisco
    8224-KBWB(WB)San Francisco
    8225-KBJK(UPN)San Francisco
    8226-KQED(PBS)San Francisco
    8227-KICU(IND)San Jose
    8494-WGN(WB)Chicago
    8495-WPWR(UPN)Chicago
    8496-WTTW(PBS)Chicago

    Transponder 9:
    8050-WJSU(ABC)Birmingham
    8051-WIAT(CBS)Birmingham
    8052-WVTM(NBC)Birmingham
    8053-WBRC(Fox)Birmingham
    8054-WTTO(WB)Birmingham
    8055-WABM(UPN)Birmingham
    8056-WBIQ(PBS)Birmingham
     
  18. Scott Greczkowski

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    Thanks Bryan, I think I am going to give you a new title. :)

    Your posts are appreciated!
     
  19. kstuart

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    Bryan - can you cut and paste a complete list of Transponders 5, 7 and 9 ?

    Probably best would be to make a new thread, and then edit the message as it changes.
     
  20. bryan27

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    Sure, I'll make a thread called "The Current Make-up of E* spots" Then as the info changes I'll just edit it.
     
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