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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by kryscio23, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. kryscio23

    kryscio23 Godfather

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    To my forum friends:

    I wanted to help my sister out by getting her a new dish so that she can see HD programming. Right now she has one of the 3-pronged LNB dishes but I would guestimate that it's about 5 years old. She has one H21-100 HD capable receiver but doesn't see any HD programming at this time. We're talking 18353 zip code. She was recently able to see the HD channels that resided in the 70s until they were taken away on April 1.

    I know most of you are gonna say, "tell her to call DirecTV and they will give her a new dish." If that's what I wanted to do, I woudn't be posting in here. I wanted to keep it a surprise and I was gonna help her husband set it up on our own. Besides, doing it ourselves feels better, doesn't it? :)

    So I was wondering which is the correct dish to get? I've seen so many different types out there that I just don't know which is the right one.

    Is this the one to get? http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...-SL3-LNB-Combo-(AU9SL3)&c=DIRECTV Dishes&sku=

    Or is it this one? http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...C-HD-Programming-(AU9S)&c=DIRECTV Dishes&sku=

    Or this one? http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...d-SL5-LNB-Combo-(AU9SB)&c=DIRECTV Dishes&sku=

    or this one? http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.as...SL3-LNB-Combo-(AU9SL3B)&c=DIRECTV Dishes&sku=

    Is there a difference? Must be some if the prices are different.

    I was looking to see if I could find one (even used as long as it's not dysfunctional) from $30-$60 or so. Would anyone recommend a bargain site other than rolling the dice on eBay?

    Any help out there?

    Again, thanks for everything Guys!
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    If she don't sub to local channels, fist one would be sufficient.
     
  3. kryscio23

    kryscio23 Godfather

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    There are seven locals (from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) are available in the area ...
     
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Check last gct's map what satellite provide the locals, if 99 or 101 or 103, then the first one will be OK.
     
  5. kryscio23

    kryscio23 Godfather

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    According to gct's spreadsheet, the HD locals are on the D10 satellite at 103 West and the SD locals are on the D7 satellite at 119 West.

    NETWORK NAME CHANNEL TPN SATELLITE NOTES
    717 WNEP 16 19 D10 @103W wnepdt
    717 WNEP 16 23 D7S @119W abc
    717 WYOU 22 19 D10 @103W wyoudt
    717 WYOU 22 23 D7S @119W cbs
    717 WBRE 28 19 D10 @103W wbredt
    717 WBRE 28 23 D7S @119W nbc
    717 WSWB 38 23 D7S @119W cw
    717 WVIA 44 19 D10 @103W wviadt
    717 WVIA 44 23 D7S @119W wvia
    717 WQMY 53 19 D10 @103W wswbdt
    717 WOLF 56 19 D10 @103W wolfdt
    717 WOLF 56 23 D7S @119W fox

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=179931
     
  6. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

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    Then your best choice would be the third link in your original post. The AU9-S-B with the SL-5 LNB and braces for additional support. Unfortunately your cheapest option outside of spoiling the surprise and just letting DirecTV install the dish by doing a probably free HD upgrade may be e-bay or Craigslist
     
  7. joe diamond

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    Any of them will work, in that MOST SD programming comes from a sat at 101 degrees; all will do this. Likewise, the HD programming comes from satellites in the 99 or 103 launch position; all are good for this also.

    You probably do not need an SL (slimline 5) because most of the SD programming from those sats is being moved to the 101.

    SO an SL 3 would be fine.....the suffix B is for "brace; poles to help attach the mast.

    The other consideration you MUST address is that ALL HD programming requires HD equipment...HD receivers capable of "seeing" the HD signals from the 99 & 103 sats.

    And the total number of receivers makes a difference in the hardware needed for the set up. Each receiver needs to be cabled to a receiver (tuner).

    It goes like that.


    Joe
     
  8. HoTat2

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    The OP said earlier that his SD locals in the "Wilkes-Barre/Scranton" DMA are on 119, thus the reason I recommended the SlimeLine-5 with braces for support
     
  9. texasbrit

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    yes, Wilkes-Barre-Scranton SD locals are on 119, hence the need for an SL5..
     
  10. joe diamond

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    Sorry,

    I had been chatting with someone from WA..Washington State...didn't change gears. Poconos...PA..got it! Go with the braces and maybe a dish heater.

    At some point the 119 is being phased out...Directv doesn't consult me.

    Joe
     
  11. kryscio23

    kryscio23 Godfather

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    Sounds good to me. Thanks for the views, Guys!
     

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