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#1 OFFLINE   BillJ

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:23 PM

I've been having problems today with partial and complete signal loss on transponder 10 at 61.5 while watching channel 209. Wonder if it's just me or if Dish has a problem there. That satellite is a clear shot for me. No trees anywhere near line of sight. Weather is clear for hundreds of miles in all directions. Haven't had problems with other channels we watched.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:47 PM

According to info I found on the satelliteguys board, we're in the middle of the so-called solar outages period (around 9/29 through 10/15) where the sun and the DISH sats line up with each other in such a way that the sun's radio waves drown out the sat's signal on certain transponders. This MAY be what was impacting you today. I experienced a similar outage late this afternoon on TMC-W. This stuff is way over my head, but it sounds like a logical explanation. The other board even has a pdf file that lists the expected outages and the times at which they should occur.

#3 OFFLINE   BillJ

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:56 PM

I thought about that as a possible cause of the problem. Hope that's all it is.

At least I got to see the new error messages in L6.30. A little more useful than just "Acquiring Signal". They differentiate between partial signal loss and complete signal loss and offer some steps to try to solve the problem. Nothing I didn't already know but may help newbies to Dish.

BTW, at one point I checked signal strength and watched it go down below 20 and back up to 45 over the span of 30 to 40 seconds.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:40 PM

I had SL graph in up-link thread, it doesn't correlate with solar flares, you can see there a couple new transponders added (not sure if today exactly), but that tell me it's more satellite(s) maintenance, then mother nature interaction .

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:46 PM

I've been having problems today with partial and complete signal loss on transponder 10 at 61.5 while watching channel 209. Wonder if it's just me or if Dish has a problem there. That satellite is a clear shot for me. No trees anywhere near line of sight. Weather is clear for hundreds of miles in all directions. Haven't had problems with other channels we watched.

I had a couple of drops during the afternoon as well while watching channel 200. Not the right time of day for a solar conjunction outage. I checked the dish to see if it was blocked and it wasn't. I thought of the solar outage but noted that the shadows were wrong.




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