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transponder map

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tomski59, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Aug 3, 2010 #1 of 14
    tomski59

    tomski59 New Member

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    I have just 2 channels that started getting an intermittent 771 error. HDTH and ESPN2HD (channel 281 and 209). I suspect a dish realignment may help but I would like to verify a weak signal on the associated satellite and transponder. I found a post from 5/1/10 by gct but I did not see his attachment that lists the transponder mapping. This is my first post so I may be missing something. Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2010 #2 of 14
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    well, gct is postins maps for DTV, not dish - try www.lyngsat.com

    [am I sleeping or the thread initially was open in dish forum ?]
     
  3. Aug 3, 2010 #3 of 14
    NR4P

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    First of all, :welcome_s to dbstalk

    If you are getting errors, lets try to help you figure out why.
    Press and hold INFO and a menu of settings should appear.

    Run the Test in the lower right hand corner.

    Next go to Sat and Ant screen (on left) and select it and step through the Sats and give us your results. For the 99s and 103s, you can skip them but give us all the rest such as 99c, 103ca, and any others you have.
    There will be lots of numbers but it will tell us whats the problem.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2010 #4 of 14
    tomski59

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    Thanks. Here's the numbers. Any transponders not listed are "n/a".

    99(c)
    1-8 0,30,0,20,0,29,0,20
    9-14 0,30,0,17,0,27

    101
    1-8 82,81,81,84,80,91,80,88
    9-16 78,81,81,80,82,90,80,91
    17-24 84,0,84,93,83,92,84,91
    25-32 87,0,88,0,89,93,84,92

    103(ca)
    9-16 25,26,30,29,27,22,0,0
    17-24 28,0,31,22,30,20,31,20

    103(cb)
    1-8 38,37,33,34,38,42,30,35
    9-14 35,43,31,35,35,40,

    110
    8-92
    10-89
    12-92

    119
    22-32 88,84,0,0,91,92,89,95,91,78,90
     
  5. Aug 3, 2010 #5 of 14
    longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    99 and 103 are terrible, you need a dish alignment!

    Edit: I reread your original question and while I dont know which transponder teh channels in question are on, I know theyare on either 99 or 103 and none of the signals on those two sats are acceptable.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2010 #6 of 14
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Call DTV and schedule tech visit - your dish is out of alignment !
     
  7. Aug 3, 2010 #7 of 14
    longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    To give you an example of how signals should look:
    99c
    1-8 91,91,90,90,88,89,89,89

    101
    1-8 94,96,95,95,95,100,95,97

    103ca
    9-16 93,94,91,91,92,91,90,91

    103cb
    1-8 93,93,91,88,90,91,90,87

    110
    96,96,96
     
  8. Aug 4, 2010 #8 of 14
    tomski59

    tomski59 New Member

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    Thanks guys. I may just try a little turn or two on the adjustments (I'll keep track so I can reset to the original) and see if I can make any improvements and then pay the tech if I have no luck. Any tips for a "do it yourselfer" or is it only doable with special test equipment?
     
  9. Aug 4, 2010 #9 of 14
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    It depend who will assist you :) - other person with walkie-talkie could help, but in your case it would more complicated as both left/right sats ( adjusted to main 101W) has low level, sort of unusual... usually only one side has low when other is normal, perhaps your is totally out of arc ?
     
  10. CCarncross

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    Are you a new install or have you had service for quite awhile but just now joining DBS Talk? If you were installed within the last 90 days, the service call to fix your alignment would be free.
     
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    There is latest map - http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=181801
     
  12. tomski59

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    I 've had the dish a while so it's a pay service call and I'm going to crank up the tv sound and try to peak the signal strength a bit. Mostly I just enjoy trying to understand how it all works so thanks again for everyones help.

    However, I'm a bit confused on which satellite and transponder these 2 channels (209 and 281)are using even with the map. I have listed on my tv, satellites 99c and 99s and the map only shows 99w. Don't know if the letters are important.

    Also it lists channel 209 in 2 places...one on transpoder 11 on 99w and the other on transponder 17 on 101w. Since I've got a reading of 83 on 101w and a 0 on 99c I'm going to assume that mine is really fed from the 99c sat. So, if the letters aren't significant then it looks like both my problem channels are from the 99c satellite. Could I then assume that my dish might just be off on it's azimuth and not the "arc" that P Smith mentioned?
     
  13. NR4P

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    Dont worry about a particular transponder. You need to get the 99c and 103c sats to mid 80's and 90's signal strength.
     
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    99W - means located in West hemisphere, while 99c is screen name of 99W CONUS tpn, 99s - 99W spot beam tpns, so it's same spot in a sky.
     

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