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#1 OFFLINE   Stanley Kritzik

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:14 PM

I get all the local channels from DirecTV -- sort of (not OTA, but the DirecTV locals via the satellite). The national channels are all good as are the high def channels. However, the local channels sometimes pixelate, and it's winter so I can't re-align my dish. My setup has the Slimline dish about 100 ft. away, with four copper wires going to an SWM-8, etc.

My question is whether those old in-line amplifiers (Eagle, Channel Master, etc.) would do any good, if I inserted them right at the dish, to get a bit more "oomph", or are they no-no in an SWM-8 environment. Or, is there another suggestion anyone might have. The output from the SWM-8 already goes thru a Sonora amplifier, by the way. I'd say that end-to-end, including all the in-house wiring, I've got close to 200 ft. of wiring fom Slimline to the receiver.

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Edited by Stanley Kritzik, 28 December 2008 - 04:17 PM.
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Slimline feeds an SWM-8, diplexed with an OTA Square Shooter SS2000, using a Sonora AD14 active diplexer, plus a Sonora LA141R amplifier and a 4-way splitter (3 used).
Results distributed to two H20 receivers plus an HR21-Pro feeding three Sharp Aquos LCD screens, the largest being a 57" unit. Diplexers used for all receivers to split off OTA signals. HR21-Pro has an AM21 OTA receiver, and feeds into a Sony STR DA5200ES receiver. Also connected is a Sony Blu Ray player.

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#2 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:26 PM

Those old style in line amps don't work on DirecTV.

I will see if I can get RobertE to post you some advice.
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#3 OFFLINE   RobertE

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:52 PM

How are the signal levels across the board?

Second, I'd ditch the diplexors.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:02 PM

I'd remove the Sonora amp, which may be causing more problems, and try that. The distances and configuration you have shouldn't need an amp anyway.

#5 OFFLINE   Stanley Kritzik

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:16 PM

How are the signal levels across the board?

Second, I'd ditch the diplexors.


As in -- run a second line directly to the OTA receiver inputs (which I can do with some re-wiring -- not this week, but in a reasonable bit of time)?

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Slimline feeds an SWM-8, diplexed with an OTA Square Shooter SS2000, using a Sonora AD14 active diplexer, plus a Sonora LA141R amplifier and a 4-way splitter (3 used).
Results distributed to two H20 receivers plus an HR21-Pro feeding three Sharp Aquos LCD screens, the largest being a 57" unit. Diplexers used for all receivers to split off OTA signals. HR21-Pro has an AM21 OTA receiver, and feeds into a Sony STR DA5200ES receiver. Also connected is a Sony Blu Ray player.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:19 PM

As in -- run a second line directly to the OTA receiver inputs (which I can do with some re-wiring -- not this week, but in a reasonable bit of time)?

Stan


Give it a shot in a "stock" setup. No amps, no diplexors. See how that works (if at all). Go back to basics and work from there.
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#7 OFFLINE   Stanley Kritzik

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:22 PM

[quote name='RobertE']How are the signal levels across the board? /QUOTE]

I'm on my way out of town for a week, so I'll respond with signal levels as soon as I can. Specific interest in which satellite, or all?

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Slimline feeds an SWM-8, diplexed with an OTA Square Shooter SS2000, using a Sonora AD14 active diplexer, plus a Sonora LA141R amplifier and a 4-way splitter (3 used).
Results distributed to two H20 receivers plus an HR21-Pro feeding three Sharp Aquos LCD screens, the largest being a 57" unit. Diplexers used for all receivers to split off OTA signals. HR21-Pro has an AM21 OTA receiver, and feeds into a Sony STR DA5200ES receiver. Also connected is a Sony Blu Ray player.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 09:32 PM

99/101/103 don't really need 110/119
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#9 OFFLINE   Stanley Kritzik

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:12 AM

99/101/103 don't really need 110/119


101
1-8 95 95 93 0 91 99 94 98
9-16 91 95 95 0 92 99 88 98
17-24 80 100 86 0 89 98 91 87
25-32 85 100 88 96 90 96 89 99

99 ©
1- 8 95 94 91 92 92 92 91 92
9-16 92 93 92 91 95 95 NA NA

99 (s)
1- 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA NA
9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 33 77
17-24 95 96 79 80 98 96 36 0

103 ©
1- 8 95 94 94 94 91 92 92 93
9-16 91 91 93 94 94 93 NA NA

103 (s)
1- 8 0 0 48 88 0 0 NA NA
9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0
17-24 0 95 0 94 79 77 0 0

SWM

1- 8 100 100 99 0 0 85 85 86
9-16 85 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

BTW, metro area is Milwaukee. Also, on a nice clear day like today, no pixels.
So, reaction, please.

Stan
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Slimline feeds an SWM-8, diplexed with an OTA Square Shooter SS2000, using a Sonora AD14 active diplexer, plus a Sonora LA141R amplifier and a 4-way splitter (3 used).
Results distributed to two H20 receivers plus an HR21-Pro feeding three Sharp Aquos LCD screens, the largest being a 57" unit. Diplexers used for all receivers to split off OTA signals. HR21-Pro has an AM21 OTA receiver, and feeds into a Sony STR DA5200ES receiver. Also connected is a Sony Blu Ray player.




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