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What satellites am I actually using?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mrfatboy, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Nov 7, 2011 #1 of 17
    mrfatboy

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    I just got a new astronomy app for my iphone - Star Walk. It tracks satellites also. The directv satellites that it can track are:

    Directv 10
    Directv 11
    Directv 12
    Directv 1R
    Directv 2 (DBS 2)
    Directv 4S
    Directv 5 (TEMPO 1)
    Directv 6 (TEMPO 2)
    Directv 7S
    Directv 8
    Directv 9S

    I have HD (including SD) with HD locals in the San Diego area. Which satellites am I actually using? I would like to check out their locations relative to my growing trees. :D
     
  2. Nov 7, 2011 #2 of 17
    P Smith

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    Go to gct's thread and take your data from his tables
     
  3. Nov 7, 2011 #3 of 17
    mrfatboy

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    hmmmm, that thread didn't help if I found the correct one. I did find the wiki.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirecTV_satellite_fleet


    I'm assuming one of the satellites is Directv - 7S. The others I am unsure about because their orbital slots are similar.

    Does anybody know the correct satellites?

    thanks
     
  4. Nov 7, 2011 #4 of 17
    P Smith

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    what tthread ?
     
  5. Nov 7, 2011 #5 of 17
    doctor j

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    You are getting SD at 101 from 4S, 8, and 9S.
    You are getting National HD at 99 and 103 from 11(99) and 10 & 12 (103).
    San Diego HD locals are sent from 103S D10 &/or12.
    San Diego SD locals are from 4S or 9S at 101.
    If you get spanish package it is from 119 on 7S.

    Doctor j
     
  6. Nov 7, 2011 #6 of 17
    P Smith

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    another resource for questioning minds - www lyngsat com
     
  7. Nov 7, 2011 #7 of 17
    P Smith

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    oops, doctor ... the 'patient' require a knowledge not a pills :D
     
  8. Nov 7, 2011 #8 of 17
    mrfatboy

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    thanks doc. You were very helpful. I didn't realize all my channels were coming from 6 sats. I thought it was 4.
     
  9. Nov 7, 2011 #9 of 17
    P Smith

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    4 orbital locations for you and your gadget will not allow you to split those sat's clusters at 99/101/103/110/119 and 85/72.5W
     
  10. skatingrocker17

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    I had an app just like that for Android last year when I got my DirecTV installed, I even used it to find out where I wanted to put the dish and I told the installer about it an he said it was actually pretty accurate.
     
  11. P Smith

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    did you got it from dishpointer.com ?
     
  12. mrfatboy

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    I looked at that app from dishpointer.com. It looks nice. However, I wanted more astronomy and Star Walk also did satellites. I believe the dishpointer app is a lot nicer if all you are doing is sat tracking.
     
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    "95/72.5" with 72.5 almost completely phased out, and possibly in the future 110 as well. ;)
     
  14. mrfatboy

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    I'm not sure what you mean by this. The star walk app lets me track each single sat that I listed above. I have to track one at a time.
     
  15. P Smith

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    These sat clusters are not traceable in sense of human perception, especially talking about your program.
     
  16. HoTat2

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    Your app as well as dishpointer lets you track "co-located" satellites by their "nominal" or average location slot such as those listed above. However their "exact" locations at those slots are within tenths of a degree and not indicated by the app, nor is it necessary as those fine distinctions are not resolvable by the customer receiver dishes. (The monster dishes at the satellite uplink stations can resolve them of course)

    For example your app will show D10, D12, and SW1 as all located at 103W. But their precise locations are really 102.815°, 102.765°, and 102.925° ± .05°
     
  17. mrfatboy

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    Thanks for the detail response. I figured it was something like that. I knew the app was "good enough" for what I wanted to do. I didn't really think holding my Iphone up in the air would get me exact Norad tracking :lol::lol::lol: Just "good enough" to impress friends and family. :D
     

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