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103(ca) Signal Strength following an alignment

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Jschmuck2, May 24, 2010.

  1. Jschmuck2

    Jschmuck2 Mentor

    Aug 2, 2007
    I had a tech out recently to re-align my dish, as the initial installer mounted it to part of the wall with only framing behind it and no stud to support the dish, so it gradually drifted out of sync. Whoops.

    After the re-align, my signals on 103ca are

    74 79 75 76 73 77 73 75
    73 76 73 74 74 75 78 74

    I'm in SoCal and I was reading that maybe the signal strength for this satellite is low in my part of the country...? What's the general consensus?
  2. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I will let others in the area comment on the actual numbers but if you don't get rain, those numbers are good enough if they are solid.
  3. Jschmuck2

    Jschmuck2 Mentor

    Aug 2, 2007
    Yeah, no rain here for quite some time ;)
  4. DishDog

    DishDog ke6cdn

    Nov 10, 2006
    San Diego Area
    I'm getting:

    85 89 88 91 83 88 87 92
    83 89 86 92 86 88 92 95
  5. Alebob911

    Alebob911 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 22, 2007
    I'm in Central Valley CA and mine our

    88 82 92 86 86 80 89 85
    84 80 83 84 84 81 92 86

    Looks like yours are a little low based on other posted signals but not much.
  6. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    70 is considered the minimum, I would personally want better, mine are:
    98 95 98 97 97 95 98
    96 97 96 97 96 95 99
  7. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    Those are a bit low. I have exactly 2 transponders across all of the conus sats that are below 90.
  8. Jschmuck2

    Jschmuck2 Mentor

    Aug 2, 2007
    Hrmph - well, that's not reassuring.

    Like I said, when the dish was first installed on the side of my building, it was mounted in the frame of the building so that the dish was literally wobbling when the guy got up there to see what was what. By that point, the signals had degraded into the mid 50's.

    I have a sinking feeling that these signals are doing the same thing, so what's the next step if the dish can't be properly mounted to the building? I can't put it on the roof, either. I do have a balcony but I'm not sure if I have the right angle.
  9. oakwcj

    oakwcj Lower Echelon

    Sep 28, 2006
    From reports here over the years, California signal levels at 103 have generally been lower than in other parts of the country. Even after alignment my levels are in the 70's and low 80's, with the occasional reading in the upper 60's. Regardless of the signal level strength, I've never had any real-world problems with reception.
  10. Jschmuck2

    Jschmuck2 Mentor

    Aug 2, 2007
    Well, after a week, things have degraded by 5-7 point across the board. Not good. The roof in my building has been under construction all week, so the hammering might have knocked the alignment out a whack a bit. Another tech visit in order?
  11. Rob

    Rob Icon

    Apr 22, 2002
    I'm in the 70's low 80's here in San Diego. on (ca). (cb) is about the same. When it does rain heavy, I get fade, but that's not often.
  12. bigbrother52

    bigbrother52 AllStar

    Jan 19, 2008
    I'm just down the road from you in the next town, wanna tweak mine for me?
    However, the dish is on a 35' tower :D
  13. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    With the satellites at 22,300 miles up, the location in the country has very little to do with your signal levels. Angle to the sat could a little as more northern has a bit more atmosphere to go through.

    And, the signal strength you see is not just the strength, but, includes the quality of the signal. Someone here has a better explanation. All of my values on 103ca are 92 or higher.
  14. Ruffread

    Ruffread Godfather

    Nov 4, 2004
    Vista, CA
    No one has mentioned that the make of LNB and/or the dish model can also give different readings. Perhaps even the receiver sensitivity can make a difference in readings.
  15. TDK1044

    TDK1044 Godfather

    Apr 8, 2010
    Remembering that the numbers represent signal quality rather than signal strength, I guess you might just get away with those. They feel low to me though.

    I live on the East Coast and my numbers are:

    97 95 98 94 96 93 98
    96 97 94 97 96 95 98
  16. inourgrave

    inourgrave AllStar

    Jan 5, 2007
    I just re-peaked the dish my self, last week. LA Area 103ca.

    85 85 87 86 83 83 86 87
    82 83 87 85 82 82 85 86

    I was having issues with signal strength in the 70 to low 80.
    I would say you have an issue if you are in the 70s even here in SoCal. You should be looking for 80+ on 103ca
  17. inourgrave

    inourgrave AllStar

    Jan 5, 2007
    Different LNB types will also vary. I tried 3 lnb's (5, 3, 3 swm) all with different results. 3 swm had the highest
  18. Jschmuck2

    Jschmuck2 Mentor

    Aug 2, 2007
    Now some of my transponders are down in the high to mid 60s. I take it something is amiss?
  19. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Something is definitely amiss. The dish is probably loose causing a misalignment. You need to have it aligned.
  20. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    You can't compare signal levels in NY with signal levels in Southern Cali or any other two widely separated locations for that matter. From what I understand... by design, the signal is stronger in areas that get lots of heavy rain, which would explain why the levels seem to be lower in so-cal.

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