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Which Satellites for Which Channels?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by speedcouch, May 27, 2007.

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  1. speedcouch

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    I'm sorry if this is posted elsewhere on here, but I couldn't find it.

    I consider myself a pretty savvy DirecTV user after 12 years. But...we just switched out our 3 lnb dish for the 5 lnb on 10 May. After three days, we are getting horrible fluctuations on the 119 satellite and losing our HD channels. I've had two useless "installers" out from Direct and the one yesterday pretty much called my husband and I liars. He didn't even get out of his truck before saying "the trees are your problems" then when I said "fine, put my old dish back up," he told me he had other more important customers and I had to schedule another call. Last guy claimed he "adjusted" the dish, but I don't think he even climbed on the roof. Needless the say, we are irrate and have another service call scheduled for Tuesday. Did report yesterday's jerk to Direct (doubt it will do any good). It was clear, he didn't plan to do anything when he came to our house because it was a "redo" and he wasn't getting paid.

    Anyway, can someone confirm which channels are currently on which satellite. We had to relocate the dish higher when we are our SD locals in about 2000, but we've NEVER had problems with the 119 channels. The guy yesterday made some comment like he couldn't "believe" we were even getting them with the old dish.

    Anyway, is the 101 for SD locals or the 110? Both are giving us 97 strength now. I guess if I had to compromise, I'd give up the SD locals since we added the HR20 in order to get the HD locals over the dish (since our antenna always provides very unstable signals).

    Another question, when and if the new satellite goes up in June, will the new HD channels be on the 99 satellite and will I have problems with that one if I have a good signal on the 101 and 110?

    Thanks in advance,
    Cheryl
     
  2. bobnielsen

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  3. speedcouch

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    Bob, thanks SO much for the quick response!

    I'm thinking about just keeping the 5 lnb dish even if they can't get the signal on the 119 more stable. Problem is, HDNet is one of our favorite channels as is ESPN2. But hoping that Direct will migrate them to the new satellite sooner than later.

    Thanks again for your assistance!

    Cheryl
     
  4. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    If you were getting 119 with the 3 LNB dish and it is in the same location, you should still get them. Perhaps the tilt needs adjusting. With the large number of Ku-only HD receivers out there I wouldn't expect the HD channels on 101, 110 and 119 to go away too soon, but perhaps they will be mirrored on 99 or 103 long before that happens.
     
  5. bret4

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    Sorry if this is a little off topic. Is there a way to know What transponders relate to what channels? I found that info about what channels are on what sats interesting. Would be interesting to see what kind of signal you get on the transponder that relates to the channels in question.
     
  6. jdspencer

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    Unfortunately, those links show what channels are on the respective satellites, but not the individual transponders.

    This link shows what TPs have which channels. http://www.widemovies.com/dtvtransponders.html
    But, for only 101, 110, and 119 sats. It may also be a little out of date.
     
  7. bret4

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    Your right, this is more helpful but a bit out of date.
     
  8. Jazzy Jeff

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    I'm sorry to hear about your problems. I've been through the same problems. I agree I believe you tilt is off, if you go through the setup again, it will give you a good idea of where your tilt should be and you can check it yourself. That is if you can get to your dish safely. My problem was that my 101, 110, and 119 all came in in the low 90's but my 99 and 103 were in the 60's. Three service calls later, the techs called me a liar, and made up every excuse under the sun. Finally I read up a little on fine tuning my dish, used my hr20 signal meter. All I had to do was turn my fine tuning on my azmituth? 2 3/4 turns, now all 101,110,119 peg in at 100, and 103, 99 are pegged in at 95 or higher. I would say try again, or hire an independant to re-peak the dish? From my experience, (with some company called Mastec) It seems alot of installers are clueless to the new dishes. If its not an old dish, or just SD channels, they have no idea. I hope you get this problem fixed.
     
  9. dlt21

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    Jeff,
    Where did you read up on fine tuning please Post link
    Thanks
     
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  11. bret4

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    If you use the signal strength meter on the HR20 and take your time it isn't that hard to tune your own dish. You do need to see a TV with the signal meters from the dish and need to be able to change to different Satellites so you can check what is happening with each adjustment. On an HR20 you can use the RF mode on the remote to control it from outside if your not that far away from it.

    I will not go up on the roof. Can't take heights. My dish is mounted low on a strong fence. This makes it easy to adjust and clean when it snows in the winter. If at all possible I would never mount a dish on the roof. You just don't need to if you have a clear shot at the sats from a lower point.
     
  12. Jazzy Jeff

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  13. mcbeevee

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    Is the problem with all receivers, even the HR20? When I replaced my 3-lnb with the 5-lnb, my older receiver was missing some channels. :confused: Also, D10 will be at 102.8°W and D11 will be at 99.2°W. :)
     
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