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#1 OFFLINE   356B

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:37 PM

Sorry, probably an old topic but.....does anyone have specific optimal signal strength reading for Northern California, 150 miles north of San Francisco, semi coastal, I'm hovering around 50 currently depending on the time of day. I've noticed several of the SF locals are blotchy with occasional audio out of sync, KTVU, KRON and KGO sometimes, this started about a month ago...using the Hopper, 110, 119, 129. 50 or so on 119 and 110, 25 to 35 on 129....HD

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#2 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:23 PM

I'm in the redwoods just west of Willits and those signal strength readings are about normal for us. We are getting some signal drop because of trees and the high afternoon winds we've been having for the past couple of weeks.

 

Unfortunately for us, we get 110° and 119° by aiming one Dish 500 in a hole between two redwoods which causes some problems with 119° in high gusty wind conditions. And we had to use a separate dish which is located on the house in a different spot which gets a shot at 129° at the edge of another redwood which also suffers at times from high gusty winds like we're having as I write this.

 

Don't know if that's related to your problem but we do see occasional picture breakups though I haven't noticed any sound problems.  But then we have a 722 and a 612, not a Hopper.


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#3 OFFLINE   356B

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:07 PM

I'm in the redwoods just west of Willits and those signal strength readings are about normal for us. We are getting some signal drop because of trees and the high afternoon winds we've been having for the past couple of weeks.

 

Unfortunately for us, we get 110° and 119° by aiming one Dish 500 in a hole between two redwoods which causes some problems with 119° in high gusty wind conditions. And we had to use a separate dish which is located on the house in a different spot which gets a shot at 129° at the edge of another redwood which also suffers at times from high gusty winds like we're having as I write this.

 

Don't know if that's related to your problem but we do see occasional picture breakups though I haven't noticed any sound problems.  But then we have a 722 and a 612, not a Hopper.

No trees, but during the day it is the most noticeable, I've got an alignment coming, 129 seems low to me.

Thank you,

Chas.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:17 PM

No trees, but during the day it is the most noticeable, I've got an alignment coming, 129 seems low to me.

Thank you,

Chas.

 

It's good to have someone check it.  I believe the HD locals are on 119° except for KQED which is on 129°.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:29 PM

if it your permanent place, I would use three 1m[39"] dishes; it will help you cope with low signal during rainy days



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:28 AM

I'm in the redwoods just west of Willits and those signal strength readings are about normal for us. We are getting some signal drop because of trees and the high afternoon winds we've been having for the past couple of weeks.

 

Unfortunately for us, we get 110° and 119° by aiming one Dish 500 in a hole between two redwoods which causes some problems with 119° in high gusty wind conditions. And we had to use a separate dish which is located on the house in a different spot which gets a shot at 129° at the edge of another redwood which also suffers at times from high gusty winds like we're having as I write this.

 

Don't know if that's related to your problem but we do see occasional picture breakups though I haven't noticed any sound problems.  But then we have a 722 and a 612, not a Hopper.

We have some problems on History Channel going off at times. We have a 722.


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 11:21 AM

Here in Santa Rosa, my numbers are in the 60s for 110 and 119 and mostly in the 50s for 129.

I have two dishes, one for 110 and 119 and a separate one for 129.

 

Seems like you should get some improvement by tweaking the dish, or dishes, if you have more than one.

 

I'm pondering the idea of getting one of the newer dishes with three LNBFs but don't want to go the the trouble if it wouldn't give me

any gain in signal.

 

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 09:51 AM

Update:

I had Dish out and was pleased to see that the dish was out of alignment. I ended up with 119 at 62, 110 at 50, and 129 at 51. Needless to say, PQ has improved.

Thanks for the comments.

Chas.


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