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mystifying reception problem

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#1 OFFLINE   McSwine


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:15 PM

For some reason, I have 1 television (out of 3) that is having a reception problem with channels in the 250'ish range, most notably on AMC (254). Most times it just says "searching for signal", sometimes I get it but it is extremely pixelated and unwatchable.

I've had my local installer out 3 times...the first time he replaced my HDDVR, because of a loose coax connection on the back. The second time he re-terminated the coax inside the house in the plate in the wall, and the last time re-terminated the coax outside the house. None of these attempts helped.

I can get these channels on my other 2 sets without problem.

Anyone got any ideas?

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#2 OFFLINE   jodyguercio


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:38 PM

Is this a SD unit?

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:39 PM

If you swap receivers does it stay at that location? I'm assuming probably since you've had it replaced.

Any idea how long the cable runs are to that location?

What are your signal readings showing at that location when compared to other locations that are working?

#4 OFFLINE   wolfman730



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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:44 PM

Amc is on 101W transponder 5. Check your signal strength on that TPN.

#5 OFFLINE   kimi



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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:21 PM

I've almost completely lost my service over the last month. I have a SWM and apparently it was installed incorrectly - something to do with the distance between it and the splitter. I lost my locals and TCM/AMC on one receiver first, then on all. Directv is going to have a guy reinstall, but I've essentially been without service (I get the ESPN group of channels) for a month. You might have the same problem.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:04 PM

Did he replace the barrel in the wallplate with blue instead of white.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:56 PM

Did he replace the barrel in the wallplate with blue instead of white.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:03 PM

Did the tech try replacing the LNB? Its the doo hicky at the front of the dish.

This is probably not it but you could also check the electrical outlet that the receiver is plugged into using a three outlet tester. The tester checks to see if the outlet is wired properly. Whe electrical outlets are not wired correctly, they can play all sorts of havoc with DTV receivers.

Edited by Simmerman, 23 February 2009 - 09:04 PM.
bad spelling

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:42 AM

Thanks for all the replies. I'll attempt to answer some of the questions...

I have not swapped receivers, but since it was replaced I feel confident that it's confined to this one television. I would guess the cable run is less than 50'.
I will get the signal strength and post it.

Not sure about the barrel in the wall plate, and I'm reasonably sure he has not replaced the LNB.

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